Freespeech - a Father's fight

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Raised by 34 people in 55 months

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.

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Update 11
54 months ago

If you donated $30 or more - please send an email to FreeSpeechFIRST@yahoo.com with your mailing address and a T-shirt size! I also have Women's shirts so please specify Men's or Women's shirt!! Things have started to quiet down - but this fight is FAR from over! I am planning an event soon in downtown, Cincinnati where I will host a fundraiser. My son and I desperately need to get a better defense to fight these horrible injustices. I am terribly far from my goal here on gofundme - but continue to be EXTREMELY thankful to everyone who has contributed so far!! All proceeds will go directly toward helping me fight for fair custody of my son AND to appeal this egregious freedom of speech violation handed down on my by the Hamilton County Domestic Relations courts.
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Update 10
55 months ago


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.

Allen Williams

West Chester
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Update 9
55 months ago

NO JAIL! Judge Sieve decided that even though I took a stand for FREE SPEECH - and stopped publishing the court ordered apology early.. that the time that I did post was sufficient to purge the order. The next step will be to win the appeal at the 1st district level.
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.
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Update 8
55 months ago

Monday, March 19- Today I go before the court with minimal representation. I did not raise enough money to fund a new defense. I face 60 days in jail this morning- because a magistrate ruled that I was not allowed to speak freely on Facebook.

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.

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$1,560 of $40k goal

Raised by 34 people in 55 months
Created March 1, 2012
SP
$30
Susan Powell
55 months ago
TW
$30
Theresa Wirsching
55 months ago

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to support you.

SM
$30
Scott McElfresh
55 months ago
C
$20
CyclotronMajesty
55 months ago

Melt the Matrix!!!

BB
$30
Brandon & Audrey Blakeman
55 months ago

As parents of an 8 month old baby boy, we could not imagine going through what you have had to go through. Keep up the fight.

JN
$10
j noel
55 months ago

Stay positive and never quit. I've got 3 boys my youngest is the same age as yours. Can't imagine what your going through, and freedom of speech violations on top of that. Hopefully people will take notice of your fight and run these clowns out the next election.

$10
Rui Yi
55 months ago

I'm not from the US, but from what I've read, this does set a dangerous precedent everywhere. I hope you win.

$30
Steve Bradley
55 months ago

To be continued . . .

AT
$500
Andy and Julie Thomas
55 months ago

Use this wisely. End it soon. Legal battles usually benefit lawyers not litigants

DH
$30
Doug Hill
55 months ago

Mark, buddy...as long as I've known you you've been an inspiration bro...keep the good fight and let me know how I can help.

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