I’m two days late on this, but I had to chime in:
Bill Schmalfeldt has dismissed some of the 4,563 people who he had recently sued because they said things which made them sad. He is now “concentrating” on Eric. P. Johnson and Sarah Palmer, while promising to return to Patrick Grady sometime later.
In effect, Bill is surrendering to some of the people he has sued. He is focusing his attention on only the two others. I assume that the other pseudonymous commenters are off the hook as well. Good news for Cousin Roy, The 13th Duke of Wymborne, Kobayashi Maru, AJ Fornicarious Hoc, JeffM, Gus Bailey, and Colonel Victor Trollpoker.
I am especially pleased for Colonel Victor Trollpoker, but sad that no judge had to ask the question “Is Victor Trollpoker in the gallery? We need Colonel Trollpoker”
I have read about all the stuff that’s been written by Sarah and EPWJ, and I’m not sure Bill can sustain any sort of case against them. Sarah especially has simply quoted Bill, and occasionally provided opinion. EPWJ’s comments fall into the category of harsh but legal comments. Surely Eric’s comments were no harsher than Bill’s comments about others.
Online journalism, commentary and discussion are on the line here with the Schmalfeldt and Kimberlin cases. If Bill wins, nobody can comment about others online — even the individuals who make themselves public persons through their online writings, recordings and books.
Bill has at least once claimed that his sterling reputation was sullied by commentary by the Lickspittles and Zombies. I would say that Bill’s own writings and recordings were made more famous by the commenters here and at other sites, but Bill made his own mess.
Running bravely away from confrontations with some defendants will not in fact make the others more scared. Dismissing Grady, and admitting that the Krendler = Grady connection is weak, only emboldens the rest of the named defendants.
It would have been better to dismiss it all, take up knitting or online poker and quietly forget about it all.