I've got a couple of stories I'm working on at the moment...they're in various stages of completion...but I thought I would bring to our reader's attention, an "Anonymous Comment" that was left on one of the entries late Tuesday night.
The comment was posted on the April 3rd, 2012 entry Going To Court: Department 30: "Arraignment Court" on May 1st, at 11:30 PM PDT. Below is the comment exactly as it appeared "in the moderating queue:
I honestly don't appreciate anything you said about any of the cases, I
also dislike how you put people full name on here. NO RESPECT!!!
ps: i wish i knew you so i . . .
"No respect"?? Just because I mentioned the full name of several defendant's, attorney's and Judge Shelly Torrealba?
Currently, T&T supports anonymous comments. Over the years, we've found that often readers feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts if they don't have to provide an E-mail or sign up for a Blogger ID, and for the most part, people usually don't have a problem following our commenting guidelines about being respectful to the writers and other commenters. But every once in a while you do get someone who just doesn't like what our contributors write, or is uninformed about the access the media and the general public have to our judicial system.
One of the reasons so many people want to live in the United States is because of our wonderful Bill of Rights and the personal freedoms each one of us enjoys. And that includes our criminal justice system. Not all countries are like the US in that regard. Every courtroom in the United States is open to the public. Anything said in the well of the court during a criminal proceeding is public record and anything that is observed inside a courtroom is viewable by the public. That means, the information is available to anyone and everyone, and that information can be redistributed to the public through the mainstream media or through alternative media sources like T&T. That same Bill of Rights protects my right to enter a courtroom, attend a criminal trial and write about it on the web.
Readers, what do you think the commenter meant when they wrote,
"ps: i wish i knew you so i . . ."?
Do you think they meant to cause me bodily harm because I've followed my dream of attending trials in person and reporting on them?
This is not my first rodeo with comment harassment and veiled threats. This is actually pretty tame from what I dealt with during two Spector trials and beyond. But rest assured readers, I'll be notifying my local law enforcement agency (those great cowboys I told you I was quite honored to meet) and giving them all the behind the scenes technical data. All "Anonymous" really means is, T&T doesn't require a name, or ID or an E-mail address to comment. It doesn't mean that you really are "Anonymous" in the data collection scheme of things.