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Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Quixote April 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm
There’s actually nothing surprising about Twitter parodists being viciously tracked down byRead More the police, because if we don’t speak up for everybody’s rights, we better be ready for our own rights to be trampled on when we least expect it. It starts with criminalizing deadpan satire in the form of “Gmail confessions” intended to embarrass or “injure” a well-connected academic department chairman, and from there it moves to criminalizing Twitter parodies intended to “injure” a city mayor. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal-satire case at: http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/ and consider, in particular, the NACDL’s statement that if certain individuals “feel aggrieved by online speech with academic value, they have remedies in tort,” rather than in criminal courts. http://raphaelgolbtrial.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/raphael-golb-amicus-brief.pdf Note, incidentally, that the Peoria chief of police “said the intent of the account was not clearly satirical. 'I don’t agree it was obvious, and in fact it appears that someone went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor,' he said.” This argument was first employed precisely in the New York “Gmail confession” case. That case, despite being widely reported on in the press, has been largely ignored by legal commentators, so it’s not at all surprising that the police now feel free to go after the creators of satirical Twitter accounts embarrassing to wealthy and powerful members of the community, whether they be politicians, university presidents, or anyone else ordinary people might choose to mimic and mock on the Internet.
SportzFan April 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm
The article said the twitter account had only about 4 dozen followers...so why Mr. Mayor are you soRead More worked up? Really...you let these punks get to you that much? Your reaction was so over the top I think you need to question if you are the right person to lead your city.
Marlon St. John April 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
It is truly disturbing that there is more than one judge in Peoria willing to sign their name to aRead More warrant that sweeps up every device with a built-in memory to address tweets that are open communication. Why didn't they just go ahead and freeze their bank accounts and impound their cars, too?
Pam Z January 23, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Democrats and Republicans one and the same on the county council. Both = UN Agenda. More GovernmentRead More control to push everyone where they want to place them.Time for Democrats to wake up to the fact that their heart to really help people have turned into only helping the elite and time for the Republicans to wake up to the fact that they are also only helping the elite.
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JoanLauterbach November 17, 2013 at 09:17 pm
No logic at all in this absurd so called law. 1st~there is no way that all the populous even knowRead More about this so called law. 2nd~there is no way that all the populous would know where or how to sign up for this so called ridiculous law. 3rd ~ there is no way that all the populous have a computer. It is just like the election, so many went to vote and have not paid any attention to what is happening to our beloved nation...and this my friends is what those in control are counting on.
Michael Blacketer November 18, 2013 at 03:30 am
It's not a "so called" law. It is law. Period. As challenged and upheld by the SupremeRead More Court. Love it or hate it, it is the law, not some so called law. Like so many other laws, the intent is right, just the execution sucks..
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M3 October 12, 2013 at 08:55 am
Find the petition and do your own "write in:" Leave the gov't partially shut down,Read More indefinately. It's the best thing for the economy!" We have once again been oversold by the media and prez on the horrors of a shutdown. It's not a shutdown anyway. It's a partial shut down, with a few more services being added back every few days as we determine what is really essential. Let's leave all the non-essential expenses shut down. We all have to get by on a budget without printing money, or without receiving a new credit card to use which has no payback consequences. The gov't can damm well learn to also get by with less.