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A Portrait of South Texas College’s Jen Terpstra, a High-Conflict Liar, Vexatious Complainant, Abuser of Court Process, and Headcase

April 8, 2018

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“Perhaps I really am a witch after all (as I have been called a time or two by my funny husband).” —Jennifer Terpstra, who prosecuted her “funny husband” three years later I’m loath to display a photograph of the woman quoted above. If I did, though, I’m sure you’d agree with her. This woman, a […]

Using BREDFELDT v. GREENE to Illustrate How Courts Frame Facts

March 8, 2018

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This post quotes a judicial ruling, which is a public document. This is worthy of note for two reasons. Defendants may believe it’s unlawful to air and criticize rulings of the court, and plaintiffs may believe they aren’t accountable for their pleadings and testimony because rulings of the court are secret. Both beliefs are mistaken. […]

“PERMANENTLY PROHIBITED”: Camden County, New Jersey’s Idea of a Just Order of the Court

June 2, 2016

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NOTE TO THE COURT: Facts in this post were gleaned by its author and do not originate from its subject, Bruce Aristeo, who had no influence on its composition. Commentary, likewise, is solely that of its writer. A recent post on this blog highlighted the case of Raines v. Aristeo, out of Camden County, New […]

Another Way False Testimony Is Concealed: The Unconstitutional “Prior Restraint”

November 13, 2015

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Courts are properly authorized to sanction acts of defamation—publicly lying about someone—but they’re not authorized to prohibit truthful speech or opinion (even if it’s negative), and they’re not authorized to prohibit speech acts before they’ve even been committed. An order of the court that prohibits future speech is called a prior restraint, and it’s unconstitutional […]

Criminalizing Criticism: Restraining Orders, the First Amendment, and Chan v. Ellis

November 1, 2014

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This search term brought a visitor here a day or two ago: “restraining order in ohio because a couple texts.” It struck a chord with this author, because he himself was issued a restraining order on a similar basis (three emails over a weekend). There were accompanying allegations, but the court’s final ruling was based […]