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Why Joe the Plumber’s Civil Rights Claims Were Flushed Down the Toilet

Plaintiff, Joe the Plumber, became a national figure during the 2008 presidential campaign when he appeared in the media on numerous occasions questioning and criticizing then Senator Obama's tax plan particularly as it related to small businesses. Plaintiff subsequently filed a 42 U.S.C.S. §...

Peter S. Vogel: Cybersmear - Jury Verdict Of $13.78 Million For Anonymous Postings

By Peter S. Vogel Freedom of speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution does not protect anonymous libel and slander posted on the Internet. ABC News reported that on April 20, 2012 a jury in Fort Worth, Texas gave a verdict in favor for Mark and Rhonda Lesher whose 2009 lawsuit was filed...