Defamation on Social Media and Spreading Rumors

Countries sit at the negotiation table to discuss how they can bring peace between themselves.

Arbitrators sit at the arbitration table to discuss the merits of cases so parties can avoid going to trial.

Mediators sit at the mediation table to discuss bringing resolve to matters of disagreement.

Lawyers from opposing sides sit down and discuss how to settle cases to avoid spending years in litigation.

All of these situations are enemies coming together to negotiate resolution of problems between them.

But, I have been accused of being a traitor for trying to negotiate a peace treaty to stop harassment.

In the video at the end of this post, attorney David Allen explains a case involving defamation on social media.  This important subject gives me opportunity to address a recent major misunderstanding.

If you have followed the posts on this blog, then you might be familiar with some of the names and people and their actions.  If not, here is a summary;

In October 2015, a person reached out to me because he and others became aware that a subpoena was issued to Twitter in a case in the State of Georgia.  The parties issuing that subpoena are known as “The Bells.”   They filed a cross-complaint alleging that the mother of deceased Kendrick Johnson used “authorized agents” on social media who use the words “murdered,” and “murderers” thereby defaming the Bells.

The subpoena included the handles of 23 individuals, and requested their account information, including their IP addresses.  Subsequently, the ACLU filed for leave to file an Amici brief in that case and the Bells filed a document that they were not going to compel Twitter to comply with the subpoena.

There is a thread here.  Please bear with me. Continue reading

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Alabama Man Charged With Aggravated Stalking and Cyber Stalking

People have the right to privacy, and they have the right to not have their peace disturbed.  When their privacy and/or peace are violated, it can lead to criminal charges as we see in this case.

Sean Michael Vest

NPR reports that in January 2017, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year old Sean Michael Vest on 15 counts of aggravated stalking and cyber-stalking.  The alleged harassment occurred between December 16, 2016 and the time that Vest was arrested in January.  The Sheriff then began looking for more alleged victims in a complex cyber-stalking case.

According to Pensacola News Journal, in the six weeks following his arrest, 32 alleged victims have come forth, and the number of counts against Vest increased to 26.

Vest represented himself as ‘”Mr. Pervert.”  He used a series of harassing text messages and phone calls to several women by pulling their public photos off social media.  He did that through all hours of the day and night.  Deputy Amber Bernard is leading the investigation and stated about Vest’s actions;

 “He then used these photos on some sexual dating websites, along with some graphic images and graphic content.”

Vest is also accused of collecting photographs of victims, including children, from social media sites and selling them to sexual websites.  Continue reading

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Cyber Abuser’s Petition For Injunction Dismissed

The photo to the left is that of the man who has viciously harassed and threatened me since November 23, 2015.  His name is Santiago C. Rodriguez.  He formerly lived in Alhambra, California and on information and belief, currently resides in Orange County, California.  If you’ve followed this blog or that of supabutterfly, then you know some of what he has done to harass and threaten me, including using another person to do the same.

In May 2014, Santiago asked to be a writer for my blog, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident.  His first post was not until September 2014 and 11 posts later, on the evening of November 22, 2015, I cancelled Santiago’s writer’s privileges for several reasons.

On the morning of November 23, 2015, Santiago let me know that he was furious.   Based on his emails, he was angry because I had not, did not, and would not believe his misrepresentations; had refused his methodology of attempting to take control of my blogs; and a host of other madness that accumulated over the previous 10 months.  He construed every single post on this blog as material written about a case he is involved in.  He wanted them deleted which based on his perception, would require me to delete this entire blog.

I asked Santiago to leave me, my friends, and my son alone.  He did not.  I blocked his email address.  He emailed me from another email address.  I blocked his phone number.  I received calls from California from phone numbers I did not recognize and did not answer.  I placed his IP address in the blacklist queue.  He submitted comments to this blog by signing-in through his Twitter account.

In March 2016, I sent Santiago a cease and desist.  He agreed, but continued in stealth by emailing and direct messaging others on Twitter with the same disparaging and doxed information that he claims is my personal information.

Several times, I asked Santiago’s attorney, Richard Lubetzky of Los Angeles, CA., to instruct Santiago to leave me alone.   I had known attorney Lubetzky for about 15 years, and was the person who referred Santiago to him.  In November, 2016, I put that in writing, asking attorney Lubetzky to instruct Santiago to leave me, my friends, and my son alone.

But Santiago has not stopped.

The following is the background that Santiago used to have on his protected Twitter account.  Please notice the profile.  “BB7” is an acronym for Blackbutterfly7, which is the URL for We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident.  Also, My Twitter handle is @XenaBb7.  There is no mistake that the visualization used by Santiago is directed at me.

Expounding on his imagery of shooting in the head with bloody butterflies coming out, on March 2, 2017, Santiago posted the following gif on his public Twitter account.

In January 2017, Santiago changed the handle on his protected account and the following was his background and a profile stating, “I am going to hurt you Really really bad.”

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Sex Offenders Challenge Law To Not Use The Internet

The introduction to the below video says:

“Attorney David Allen discusses a case which is headed to the US Supreme Court. He provides insight to the various arguments as to why a sex offender should be prevented from using social media as well as those arguments in favor of allowing the predator to use social media. The US federal court system is dealing with these cases in various ways.”

Taking interest in this, I looked to see what is happening in Illinois.  In October 2016, the highest court in the State of Illinois upheld a law that requires sex offenders to disclose information about their internet identities and websites.

In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Charles E. Freeman, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act survived First Amendment scrutiny because it bolsters the government’s interest in protecting the public without restricting more speech than necessary.

In an 18-page opinion, the court discussed a handful of federal district courts who have found similar statutes unconstitutional and wrote that although sex offender laws can have “a lasting and painful effect” on those they regulate, those consequences stem from the convictions rather than forced disclosure of their personal information.

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Fourteen Year Old Charged With Cyber-harassment and Ethnic Intimidation

After an approximate 3-month investigation, a 14-year-old Northampton, PA student has been charged with cyber harassment and ethnic intimidation.  The 14-year old took a video of a 16-year old student eating lunch and posted it on Snapchat.  The 14-year old is White.  The 16-year old is Black.

Northampton County District Attorney, John Morganelli, said of the video;

“I reviewed the video today and I find it to be highly offensive and reprehensible. It depicts the 16-year-old minding his own business eating chicken wings while the 14-year-old records him and narrates it by describing the scene as ‘a N-word eating chicken.’

“The video demeans the 16-year-old with numerous uses of the N-word and references to being broke and on welfare. As bad as that is, the 14-year-old published the offensive video on social media including Snapchat that was viewed by numerous students as well as the 16-year-old male, …”


Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli at a news conference on Jan. 3, 2017. (Rudy Miller)

However, the District Attorney did not know of the video until after the 16-year old Black student was arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.  That’s because while at a football game attended by both student, the Black student retaliated by opening a can of whoop-ass on the 14-year old.

Neither teen has been publicly identified by authorities.

D.A. Morganelli will allow the 14-year-old to seek an “informal adjustment” in juvenile court. If he completes the probationary requirements, he will not be charged with the crimes.

The 16-year old Black student will also be allowed an “informal adjustment.”  Morganelli said the black student had previously been the subject of discrimination from a group of students calling themselves “the rednecks.” He said he had a confederate flag thrown on him when he transferred to the school from out of state. Continue reading

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The Taboo That Benefits the Abuser

Psychopath Resistance


Dr George K Simon, author of
In Sheep’s Clothing—Understanding and Dealing With Manipulative People:

sheepsclothing“Recognizing the inherent aggression in manipulative behavior and becoming more aware of the slick, surreptitious ways that manipulative people prefer to aggress against us is extremely important. Not recognizing and accurately labeling their subtly aggressive moves causes most people to misinterpret the behavior of manipulators and, therefore, fail to respond to them in an appropriate fashion. Recognizing when and how manipulators are fighting with covertly aggressive tactics is essential.”

What Dr Simon is urging us to do when we are faced with a toxic, covertly aggressive individual is to recognize and address their nasty maneuvers. Knowledge about psychopathic traits is helpful, as well as a good measure of self-awareness.

Some pathological and fantastical liars seem to be unaware that there is a real reality out there, confusing reality with the verbal claim of reality. Sociopaths simply use words for strategic…

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Attorney Disciplinary Commission Takes On Complaint of Harassment

Harassment by electronic means is an issue now before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

ardcThe case is pending, but I’m reporting on it because the attorney has admitted that she “…regrettably sent…” the subject communications. The attorney has denied that she did so for the purpose to embarrass, delay or burden the employees of the firm that contracted with her.

The purpose of the attorney disciplinary process is not to punish the attorneys for misconduct, but to safeguard the public, maintain the integrity of the profession and protect the administration of justice from reproach.

The attorney is Cynthia Jean Koroll, who has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since November 2001.  The practice of law is her third career after serving in the military, being a registered nurse, and teaching nursing for a university.   Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award


Flightattendantfailures has been nominated by Petre41 for the Versatile Blogger Award.  You can read the history of this award at Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you for this precious gesture!  This is a great honor.

It’s taken me awhile to accept this nomination because I always worry over not passing it on to a blogger who deserves it.  As well, I like nominating bloggers who I’ve not nominated previously.

The award rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you

Share the award on your blog

Share seven random facts about yourself

Select 15 bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. Continue reading

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New York Man Sentenced To 24 Months in Prison For Internet Offenses, Including “Doxing” and Cyber-Stalking

cyberbullying-and-doxxingOn July 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice published a press release announcing the sentencing of Mir Islam of New York, NY.   Islam, 22-years old, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on three federal charges stemming from a conspiracy to commit various crimes related to the “swatting” and “doxing” of dozens of victims, interstate transmission of threats, cyber-stalking, making a false bomb threat against a university in Arizona ,and a pattern of online harassment constituting cyber-stalking against a university student.  All of the charges stem from Islam’s activities that took place between February and September 2013.

Mir Islam, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Bangladesh, was arrested in September 2013. In addition to the prison time, the Honorable Randolph D. Moss ordered Islam to be placed on three years of supervised release following the prison term.  During his supervised release, Mir Islam must agree to computer monitoring and other conditions. Continue reading

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