Oh, to be writing an exam about press rights again...
[Port Arthur Precinct 8 Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III] will be seeing a different side of the bench on April 23, as he makes an appearance as the plaintiff in a case filed against a local blogger.The judge's version of how the glass door broke is reported here. Personally, I just want to sue SETX Political Review for inflicting emotional distress through heinous web design.
Gillam filed a legal case Wednesday morning in the 58th District Court against Philip Klein, said Brent Coon, one of Gillamís two legal representatives.
"Philip Klein recently stated on the website 'Southeast Texas Political Review 2007' that Gillam recently engaged in an inappropriate sexual act with a woman at the (Port Arthur) courthouse," a statement released Wednesday by Coon and Beaumont attorney Gerald W. Eddins on Gillam's behalf, read. [Question: what would be an appropriate sexual act in which to engage at a courthouse?]
"Klein further stated in the same article that an employee walked in on Judge Gillam during the alleged act, became upset and left the courthouse in a manner that caused a glass door to break. This story is patently false, malicious and defamatory."
Coon said Gillam is seeking unspecified damages from Klein and Klein Investments, Inc. of Nederland for the "damage done to his reputation and good name of his family."
Another great fact pattern, albeit one that is unlikely to survive under American law: a British judge has put a gag order regarding the name of a pedophile and child pornographer, on the ground that publicizing it would have a negative effect on the convicted man's daughters. Speaking of sex offenders, there's a trashier version of The Graduate playing in Pennsylvania.
Smith said Wednesday she didn't encourage the [then 14-year-old] victim to skip school. She said he dropped out to pursue a Spanish rap career but "that never happened for him." The affair fell apart in 2004 when the [then-17-year-old] victim and Smith's teenage daughter began developing feelings for one another. Those feelings later evolved into a physical relationship and Smith's daughter became pregnant. Smith, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., disapproved of the relationship and notified police after learning of the pregnancy. Police conducted an investigation but filed no charges against the teen because there was less than a four-year age difference between the victim and Smith's teenage daughter. It was through that investigation police learned Smith was having sex with the victim and she was charged in April 2006.Meanwhile, the British tabloids may be learning not to settle before a thorough discovery period, and we finally can know that ... they really are using those library record subpoenas, albeit for the internets rather than for books.