Apparently it is. My own alderwoman who forgets she works for me foolishly thinks that any printed criticism of her is defamation of reputation and needs to be removed.
That’s bad enough. But it gets worse.
The candidate running against incumbent Franklin mayor Steve Olson felt the need to use a Franklin citizen during the campaign which will wind down in less than a month.
Olson’s opponent filed a suit against one of Franklin’s best known and highly respected citizens.
Olson’s opponent filed a suit against a true Franklin hero.
Olson’s opponent filed suit against the single-most dedicated advocate for Franklin’s senior citizens.
Olson’s opponent filed suit against Casper Green.
Why? Shouldn’t Olson’s opponent be fully, totally concerned about working day and night on the election?
An official documented court record shows Olson’s opponent attempted to have a restraining order issued against Casper Green.
Green is nearly 90 years old.
So what did Green do that warranted being sued?
Did he assault Olson’s opponent?
Did he threaten Olson’s opponent?
Did he stalk Olson’s opponent?
Admittedly and in fairness I don’t have all the details. I’m not a 24/7 reporter/blogger. Maybe some local reporter could flush the details out. But I’ve heard Green wrote a flyer that was critical of Olson’s opponent.
A difference of opinion. Clearly an open and shut case of defamation of character. See you in court, old man.
And so Olson’s opponent dragged Casper Green, close to 90 years old, before a judge. Please click here to see that Olson’s opponent lost. The case was thrown out.
This is chilling.
Private citizens are being bullied and threatened, even sued because…they wrote something that wasn’t slanderous or defamatory. They, based on what they knew…expressed an opinion.
We still have a few weeks to go before the April 4 general election. Is this what we can expect in what once was a quiet, clean hamlet…dirty tricks? Efforts to silence? Tactics that obviously don’t stand a chance in court thanks to our constitutional rights?
I’m afraid because the culprits don’t understand it’s going to get a lot worse. You’ve been warned. Keep a good look out for these dishonest practices and reject them.