Bryan DuBois, editor of erievoices.com, was arrested last month in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances when he wrote about judicial corruption. Also charged was Elsebeth Baumgartner, who wrote on the site. DuBois has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus:
Petitioner asserts the indictment of Exhibit B is void due lack of jurisdiction for criminalizing speech critical of government in violation of the First Amendment, and or reporting a crime of attorney Charles Burns to wit: perjury and theft in office under the petition laws of the First Amendment and Noerr Pennington immunity doctrine. (See New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 US 967; and Craig et al v. Harney, 331 US 367)
Judges are running amok, engaging in a rape and pillage of the U.S. Constitution, abusing the laws, their gavel and their black robe to terrorize, retaliate and intimidate members of the citizenry who have the courage to stand up to their arbitrary and wrongful rulings, to the cover-ups of abuse and corruption in the justice system and to their abuse of parties whom appear before them seeking justice and redress of grievances. — The Empire Journal
The prosecutor in this case, Daniel Kasaris, allegedly offered DuBois a deal where he would receive misdemeanor charges in exchange for no longer blogging and no longer maintaining contact with Baumgartner.
Apparently the corruption in Ohio runs even deeper than DuBois and Baumgartner ever realized.
Given that government attacks on innocent citizens are on the rise, you may well need to protect yourself. I’ve posted before on blogging safely and anonymously. Consider using Invisiblog or a similar service for anonymous whistleblowing. See also the EFF‘s guide to blogging anonymously.