My Criminal Harassment Charges Against Bill Schmalfeldt Dismissed By Maryland State’s Attorney

I was told today that my criminal harassment charges against Bill Schmalfeldt are going to be dismissed tomorrow morning by the Maryland State’s Attorney office. I asked why and the Attorney said he believed that the statue allowed Bill Schmalfeldt to email whenever he wanted because it contains an exception for ‘providing information.’ The attorney said that since Bill Schmalfeldt has a blog and a Blog Talk Radio show, he has the right to email me as much as he wants.

Needless to say, my wife and I are disappointed by this decision and disagree with this State’s Attorney on his interpretation of the law, which seems to be contradicted by the statements of judges and as I understand it, even Mr. Schmalfeldt’s own attorney.

By this standard, all that anyone needs to do in order to legally harass someone in Maryland is start a blog and then they are free to have as much direct electronic contact as they desire, no matter how annoying, threatening or otherwise. I asked the State’s Attorney if this was true in his opinion and he said it was.

In our meeting, it was clear that the State’s Attorney had made up his mind before I walked in the door and he asked for no proof of my allegations set forth in the charging document.

The Attorney also knew and mentioned that I was ‘in town for CPAC.’

DEVELOPING…

6 Comments

  1. I am terribly sorry to hear this news. I fear that it will only get WORSE from here on out. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  2. The Howard County State’s Attorney’s understanding of the law is very different from the one articulated by Judge Rasinsky who explained to Bill Schmalfeldt that there is no exception for “journalists” to Maryland’s harassment laws. He put Schmalfeldt on notice that while he has a First Amendment speak and right to write about me, I have a right to be left alone that allows me to insist that that he not speak or write to me.

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  3. this is awful. this is truly awful. i’m so sorry about all of this. is there anyone else you can talk to?
    to wjjhoge: is he still contacting you?

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  4. Why do I get the feeling that Carroll County won’t be as accommodating to Mr. Schmalfeldt as Howard County?

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    • I have no more faith in the MD legal system. I’m very glad I do not live there

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  5. What horsesh*t. We have become a nation of men, not laws.

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