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    I think we're going to see more and more of this.

    See also
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...utality-in-wom

    On May 23, a police officer arrested Robert W. Frese in Exeter, New Hampshire and took him to the station for booking. Frese is no stranger to law enforcement; in the past, he has been convicted of fraud, criminal trespassing, and a hit-and-run. (His vehicle was easy to track because of its notable vanity plate: TRUMP1.) But this latest arrest, Frese learned, had nothing to do with those earlier mishaps. Instead, he had been apprehended for insulting a police officer on the internet.

    The facts of the case, laid out by the Seacoast Online and the criminal complaint against Frese, are straightforward. On May 3, Frese wrote a comment on a Seacoast Online article about recently retiring police officer Dan D’Amato. He believed that D’Amato had treated him unfairly and harshly criticized his alleged misconduct. He then tore into Exeter Police Chief William Shupe, declaring that “Chief Shupe covered up for this dirty cop.”

    Although the outlet removed the comment, the police charged Frese with criminal defamation of character, a Class B misdemeanor. (In New Hampshire, police departments have authority to prosecute these low-level crimes.) Their complaint allege that he “purposely communicated on a public website, in writing, information which he knows to be false and knows will tend to expose another person to public contempt, by posting that Chief Shupe covered up for a dirty cop.” Frese’s arrest was quite unusual; Class B misdemeanors may result in fines but not jail time, and officers do not typically detain a suspect whose alleged crime may not be punished with a deprivation of liberty. The police released Frese on his own recognizance; his arraignment is scheduled for July 10.

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    "criminal defamation of character"

    Be forewarned RPFs. I'm keeping track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    "criminal defamation of character"

    Be forewarned RPFs. I'm keeping track.
    ...

    what could possibly constitute...?
    Oligarchy delenda est

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    Quote Originally Posted by thoughtomator View Post
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    what could possibly constitute...?

    Recorded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    "criminal defamation of character"

    Be forewarned RPFs. I'm keeping track.
    Truth is a defense against libel, the courts have also ruled that it is impossible to sully the good name of someone who doesn't have one.

    Just a few thoughts you might want to keep in mind.

    The second one is something the Kops might want to keep in mind as well.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Recorded.
    I was expecting something more along the lines of "enjoyed furtively in the dead of night"
    Oligarchy delenda est

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