|Pincus' 6 year old was in this "sea of political operatives"|
Here is another puzzler. Why would one privately call the child of a Defendant in a defamation lawsuit a "political operative" to the Plaintiff who publicly demands $2,000,000 for being called a "political operative?"
Plaintiffs are not "political operatives" but a Defendant's child is? Huh?
|Tiny operative drinks Zimmer Kool-Aid?|
"Liz M and her kids are operatives." Not true. Liz M's kids are paid operatives- they get an allowance.
In fact, in that "sea of political operatives" at least a dozen were paid- maybe 2 dozen! Ask their parents. Imagine if Stojkovic's comments were posted online; at $2,000,000 per Kid-Plaintiff, she'd be shit-outta-luck. Ka ching.
Kidding aside, grown-ups calling kids "political operatives" publicly or privately may be uber-creepy, shockingly-immature adult behavior and/or nasty, but as protected speech it's non-actionable. Creepy is not defamatory. It's just creepy. Sorry kids, mommy and daddy will not allow you to sue the (not)nice lady!
However, the emails suggest a shared-pathology which, in my opinion, explains behaviors we've seen over the years: a Nazi truck, midnight flyers, detectives dispatched to a blogger's home to "investigate" a satirical blog-post. In such political operations, the target's kids are collateral damage.
Of course, adults orchestrating such gratuitous nastiness understand this. So why do it?
GA doesn't know the answer. But in my opinion, these emails show how this political faction transfers their antipathy toward Zimmer-supporting adults onto the children of these adults. Antipathy is not defamation. But it is a matter of public interest and public concern when one political faction resorts to such 'scorched earth' tactics against another political faction.
The reasonable basis for my opinion and belief is supported not just in the mountain of discovery emails, but in acts of gross misconduct during this litigation. The following is one example.
|THIS PHOTO - of a private family birthday party was fished off Minutillo's Facebook page, given to the Bajardis process server- who was dispatched to serve Minutillo at a Wallace School PTO meeting|
Former BoE Trustee, Theresa Minutillo, had been subpoenaed as a witness for deposition by Plaintiffs' attorney Jonathan Z. Cohen. On February 25, 2014, Theresa Minutillo, wrote to Cohen and copied the Court, attorney Alex Booth, and myself. Her letter begins:
"I write to you today in utter frustration at the level of harassment and intimidation that I am experiencing from you and your clients Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal Bajardi...I agree.
...On Feb. 11th I offered you two dates, with specific times that I could be available within your timeframe. We agreed upon a 10:30 am start time but you were unwilling to accommodate me in any way to commit to ending by 1:30 pm so that I can pick up my seven-year-old daughter from elementary school.
Ten days later, on Feb. 21st, I received another subpoena of which I was home to personally accept asking for additional information. It was during this face-to-face encounter with the process server that I reviewed approximately six photos of myself given to the process server so that he can identify me. In this package of photos is a photo of my daughter blowing out candles on her birthday cake surrounded by her father and I. This photo is a private photo taken from my personal face book account. For over six years I had been an elected official in town and there are literally dozens of public pictures available to you that you need not troll from my private photos of my family and me.
The process server also informed me that he was instructed to go that morning Feb. 21st, to my daughter’s elementary school to serve me during a parent open house. However, since you served me previously by taping a subpoena to my front door and by sending it USPS, I can only imagine that instructing the process server to serve me at my daughter’s elementary school was made in malice!! And apparently that is why the process server also had a picture of my daughter, to identify us at her school. This premeditated act was deliberately intended to intimidate, harass and embarrass both my daughter and I and it supports a pattern that exists of an extraordinary amount of mistreatment of a third party witness. This was no random act and it is despicable, vile and disgusting to subject my daughter and I to the atrocities of political payback."
Fishing a photo of a smiling little girl with her birthday cake at a family birthday party off a personal Facebook page so a process server can identify the little girl when he serves a subpoena to her mother at the little girl's school... what kind of people do this? What an absolutely reprehensible, disgusting act.
Was the little girl present in that "sea of political operatives?"
The depths to which one political faction will go in their war against another political faction has crossed so many lines of decency- including the SLAPP, is astonishing.
GA is thankful to report that behavior appears to be limited to an ever-shrinking, politically isolated group.
In fact, in 2013 it was my pleasure to serve as an Election Challenger at the same 4th Ward polling place as the lovely Mrs. Ruben Ramos, who was with their two adorable children. GA had a little banter with the boy- what a cutie.
I would never call those kids- publicly or privately- "political operatives."
Just kids, and proud of their father.