Freespeech - a Father's fight
You may have seen my story online or seen my face on your local television news channel - Last month, I was ordered to post a court-written apology to my estranged wife on Facebook - Every DAY for 30 days! This is a major violation of my first amendment rights, and sets a very dangerous precedent for all of us!
Please support me in my fight to see my son AND to protect our first amendment rights - particularly our freedom of speech! In January - the Hamilton County Courts made a ruling that my general statements of frustration on Facebook were a violation of a restraining order that was easily obtained by my wife during our divorce proceedings. This ruling could set a VERY scary precedent for all of us! Your donation will go directly toward the enormous legal fees I have faced and continue to face going forward. There is an immediate need to fund a strong defense for my case in the first district and quite possibly in the Supreme Court. All of the money collected here will go directly toward this mission. Any overage will go directly into a non-profit that is currently being formed to further movements of support for parent's rights and freedom of speech issues. Thank you for any donation you can offer, no matter how small.
Judge at center of storm in Facebook apology
Hamilton County has become the international focus of free speech activists, and rightly so. Magistrates and Judges have forced, under threat of jail, a citizen to speak what he otherwise would not. The man in question is involved in a contentious divorce. The wife claims domestic violence yet a criminal court found the man innocent. Subsequently the man makes innocuous statements without the threat of violence and his wife claims harassment even though she is barred from reading the statement.
The result was the violation of the man's First Amendment right to free speech (and against forced speech) when he was ordered to publicly post (for 30 days) an apology on Facebook. Adding insult to injury the judge now tells the man that "There is certain monetary interest to be served in this media exploitation." Judge Sieve, if you cause the cause "“ you cause the effect. Let's hope the county doesn't have to write a large check to fix this blunder.
PLEASE continue to support me in this fight. I am not profiting from these donations, rather I will use the money to directly fund the expenses associated with these matters and to send out t-shirts to those donating $30 or more. All extra proceeds are headed directly towards a non-profit organization that I am actively forming for FREE SPEECH FIRST.
As most of you are already aware, for the past several weeks I have been posting a court mandated apology to my soon-to-be ex-wife Elizabeth Byron for comments that I made on my personal Facebook page on or about November 23rd 2011. As of March 9th 2012, I declined to go forward with publishing the remaining apology postings that the court demands. After much thought and introspection I concluded that it goes against my better conscience to continue publishing statements that I do not believe in and in fact did not even write. This is about more than me and my particular legal situation. This is an issue of FREEDOM and relates to all of our rights under the United States Constitution. It is with great respect to my fellow Americans that I offer up my own personal freedom so that future generations may enjoy a continued right to express their opinions without the fear of persecution. This is not a decision that I've come to easily but I could not respect myself if I did not take this important stand.
This battle is now only beginning. Please consider a donation - even of only $5. If my goals are more than exceeded, all proceeds will go into a non-profit who's ongoing mission will be to defend our freedom of speech, particularly on the Internet and on social media outlets like Facebook.
I assembled a team to help honor the freespeech T-shirt movement if I should end up incarcerated. Consider a donation of $30 or more and we will be sure to send you one of these amazing shirts. Please email your address and shirt size to freespeechFIRST@yahoo.com if you make a donation of $30 or more.
Thank you, eveyone - for your support.