Humanoids are stupid. Laugh at them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fort Collins, Colo. -- Battling for visitation rights to his young daughter, J.P. Weichel wanted to vent a little bit.

Weichel, 40, chose an avenue common for many modern plebecites: heposted comments about the woman on the Craigslist "rants and raves" forum, accusing her of child abuse and welfare fraud and making crude comments about her sex life.

The woman said the postings were defamatory. But unlike the majority of libel cases, which are tried in civil court, local authorities have taken the unusual step of charging Weichel with a crime.

Colorado is one of a dwindling number of states with a criminal law against libel. The statute dates to the 19th century and is rarely used.

quote of the case:
"Being a jerk isn't necessarily grounds for felony prosecution," said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.



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