Another lawsuit threat *yawn*

Now another parental abductor is threatening to sue me for slander and libel and what have you, unless I remove the objectionable information within 24 hours. Yawn. I stopped counting some time ago, but I must have received over a dozen lawsuit threats by now. None of them have gone anywhere and most of them don’t require any action at all on my part. I get so sick of people misusing the terms “slander” and “libel.” Most people have absolutely no idea what those words really mean. And people who do know what they mean will bank on the idea that I don’t know, and will threaten me anyway. One woman was IN JAIL for KIDNAPPING her own child and her OWN LAWYER threatened to sue me because I dared to call her a kidnapper on my site. Yeah, whatever. Bring it on. Never heard from that guy again.

*imagining self before a judge*

“Well, to begin with, Your Honor, I put the information up in good faith. I received it from a credible source, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It was also reported in several news agencies. I had every reason to believe this information was true, and, Your Honor, the plaintiff has yet to produce any evidence that it was not. Furthermore, Your Honor, the plaintiff’s identity was not firmly established for me until I was served with their suit. They never bothered to produce any proof that they were who they said they were. They just expected me to just blindly believe everything they told me — which is exactly what they have accused me of doing regards my other sources. Up until I got the papers, for all I knew, this could have been a twelve-year-old boy from Croatia who decided to pretend to be someone else and mess with my head. Under those conditions, Your Honor, it would be downright irresponsible for me to alter information I had posted on my site, which I had gotten from several identifiable and very reliable sources, and instead put up some “facts” that some random person on the internet told me (with many capital letters and even a few curse words in the second email, begging Your Honor’s pardon) was the truth…”

And, in other news, I’m sick again. I’ve got a wretched head cold and none of the usual over-the-counter things have helped. My nose is leaking like a faucet.

13 thoughts on “Another lawsuit threat *yawn*

  1. Candice December 3, 2010 / 2:31 pm

    The FAQ says that messages like that will be forwarded to police to track.

    Have you ever had to do that?

    And an unrelated question: You going to post Kyron Horman tomorrow? I can’t imagine how many articles you would have to leaf through…

    • forthelost December 3, 2010 / 3:30 pm

      I have before. One abductor wrote me about five times. While still on the run.

      • Candice December 3, 2010 / 5:07 pm

        Wow really?

        Of course they don’t think their doing anything wrong…’after all, its their child, whats the big deal?’

    • Meaghan December 3, 2010 / 7:03 pm

      No, I’ve never had to do that. This case is a solved one, so I won’t do it here either. (She’s upset because her kids are in my resolved section.)

  2. CarlK90245 December 3, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    In order to prevail in a slander or libel suit (libel in this case, because it is in writing), they would have to prove ALL of the following:

    (1) that it was untrue,
    (2) that you knew it was untrue.
    (3) that you wrote the untruths with malicious intent.

    It’s quite a long-shot that they would be able to prove ANY of the above three elements, and virtully NO chance that they could demonstrate all three.

  3. Princess Shantae December 3, 2010 / 5:34 pm

    Its very hard for anybody to win a slander or a libel suit.
    Yeah, if they thought they were so in the right, why not go right on TV and say so? They know they’re wrong deep down but they are kings and queens of denial.

    • Kat December 3, 2010 / 10:19 pm

      Didn’t see you on here this morning Princess, how are you doing?

      • Princess Shantae December 3, 2010 / 10:32 pm

        Hanging in there, Kat. Everything is done and ready. Meals are fixed and frozen, Xmas decorations are up, baby’s room is waiting. Now all we do is wait. Any day now.

  4. Kat December 3, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    I’ll just issue a “what the hell is wrong with people?” blanket statement on this one. Though I’m curious as to why you seem to get so many lawsuits when this info must be on many other websites. That seems odd. I hope you feel better soon, head colds are a bitch, I’ve had two this year so far.

  5. Celeste December 4, 2010 / 6:29 pm

    It’s hard to prove slander/libel unless that person is released from jail. I think that someone has too much time on their hands and nothing better to do.
    Otherwise why would this person have even bothered to challenge that she abducted her children?

    • Meaghan December 4, 2010 / 6:43 pm

      Even if she was released from jail, there’s nothing libellous about my saying that she was jailed on charges of kidnapping her daughter. That was perfectly true. Her lawyer was just an idiot who thought I was a bigger idiot and was trying to scare me.

  6. Michael December 11, 2010 / 10:42 am

    Be happy your nose is leaking. Mine didnt leak and as a result I had to have sinus surgery. After wards the doctor showed me a seltzer sized bottle filled with all the junk they sucked out of my head. Just thought I would throw that out there, food for thought.

    • Meaghan December 11, 2010 / 10:45 am

      Thank you very much. I think I’ll go throw up now.

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