Lance Gilman Sues Sam Toll in an effort to have a chilling effect on the work of The Storey Teller.
Throughout time immemorial, politicians have done their level best to quiet critical review of their actions. History is littered with people in power disproving of critics. The use of intimidation, the power of office and straight up murder has a chilling effect on such criticism.
Examples of critics being silenced for being critical include Hans and Sophie Scholl, Martin Luther King, Nathanial Hale, and Michael Hastings. Some people suggest I will end up like those journalists brave enough to investigate one of the most corrupt governments on the planet. Mexico’s tradition of murdering journalists is storied and more than a hundred brave men and women have been murdered covering the Drug War alone since 2000. People in power don’t like dissenting opinions, plain and simple.
Like many before him, Lance Gilman is no different.
His lawsuit against me goes forward as Judge Wilson found the word perjury to be defamatory. This will now allow Mr. Gilman to try to prove that I lied when I said he doesn’t have his grandchildren over for Christmas Eve dinner in his double-wide trailer behind his home for wayward girls. Good Luck with that.
Lance Gilman is also suing Sheriff Gerald Antinoro for the exact same thing. The defaming statement made by the Sheriff is absurd in comparison to the ones I made in terms of the exposure it received. The Teller gets tens of thousands of page views a month while perhaps a dozen people saw the blog post that “injured” Mr. Gilman’s immaculate character. Mr. Antioro will have to go to trial to have his case settled.
Blockchains, LLC Loves Mr. Clean
Yet none of the damage and injury allegedly done to Mr. Clean has prevented the two lawyer brothers behind the cryptocurrency Ethereum to hire the owner of a, as Mr. Gilman himself calls it, a “Hunt-A-Ho” House to be a government affair worker. You would think that Blockchains would have more sense that that.
The lawsuit Mr. Gilman filed against me had the temporary effect he wanted. I have had to focus my attention on raising the funds necessary to defend me. I have had to work hard with those lawyers to defend myself. As a result, the readers of The Teller have suffered a slowdown of the hard-hitting articles they have come to enjoy.
Now that the spring thaw is complete, the ice has melted and the chilling-effect is in the rearview mirror, I look forward to providing the in-depth reporting on the business of Storey County with the gusto and bravado you have come to expect from me.