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Internet Harassement Laws

Original post made by BackTheBadge, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009

The Code of Civil Procedure law on Civil Harassment Orders (Section 527.6) defines harassment as:

unlawful violence;

a credible threat of violence; or

a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.

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Posted by BackTheBadge
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:28 am

Posts leave tracking cookies can be easily traced via web sever logs.
Folks are walking a fine line here with these debates, surrounding personal attacks regarding political and other views.

Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:59 am

BackTheBadge, it's late partner. Time to park the laptop, have a nice cup of hot milk, put your jammies on and go to bed. (And don't forget to brush). his is all about Dr, Casey - you posted on several other threads already. You arguement is weak, since Dr. Casey's address and the fact that he has a sweetheart home finance deal is public record - remember, the Pleasanton TAXPAYERS gave him an amazing deal.

Posted by Just to let you know
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

Nobody is going to harm anyone. If they didn't take out Henry Germain they aren't going to throw their lives away for you being bad at your job Doc. Don't pay it any mind and let people vent. Better than calling you on the phone in the middle of the night right? Public figures get ridiculed by the public.

Posted by Who are you?
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

It seems pretty obvious that BTB supported the parcel tax. He sure didn't have any comments to make when No on G supporters, who had the courage to post with their real names, were being called names, harrassed and libeled on these forums.

Posted by BackTheBadge
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

I voted NO on G... I posted a friendly remider to the citizens of Pleasanton. I don't know this Mr. Casey, or care what the issues are.
I don't want to see this escalate into a civil matter, regarding any of these threads or issues.

Posted by So?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:23 am

Then stop escalating the tone...we were all handling this fine. The tone escalated once you piped up.

Posted by Thanks, Stacey
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, 3 hours ago
Stacey is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly

What BTB isn't telling us... Just go look up the code he's poorly paraphrasing from: Web Link

(3) "Course of conduct" is a pattern of conduct composed of a

series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a

continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an individual,

making harassing telephone calls to an individual, or sending

harassing correspondence to an individual by any means, including,

but not limited to, the use of public or private mails, interoffice

mail, fax, or computer e-mail. Constitutionally protected activity is

not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."

Note the last line, "Constitutionally protected activity is not included..."

Note also that this is Code of Civil Procedure. It defines procedure in the courts. So the code cited above is applied only after it has been found in a court of law that someone is being harassed.

It seems to me that BTB doesn't know how to tell the difference between true harassment and a bunch of people expressing their opinions on an Internet forum.

Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Too many writers on this forum hide behind anonymity to attack people personally instead of discussing the issue at hand - in this case, how we got into this mess at the PUSD and how we get ourselves out. Unfortunately, part of the issue we, as a community, are facing is the lack of leadership and fiscal irresponsibility Superintendent Casey has shown. As an elected official, our expectations regarding his contract and the job he has done, is doing, and will do is open for discussion.

However, attacking him personally, including his family, religion or lifestyle, should not be open for discussion. That includes publishing his address online in a public forum - whether or not the information is public record.

The assassination last week of Dr. Tiller is a prime example of why not to do this. Operation Rescue, a "pro-life" organization published all Dr. Tiller's private information online. The rhetoric used to describe Dr. Tiller was personal and nasty. After he was killed, Operation Rescue leaders threw up their hands and said this wasn't our fault, we had nothing to do with it, and we didn't pull the trigger. No, what Operation Rescue did was use language to incite their followers to action and then provide the locations where that action could take place.

I'd like to believe that no one would actually go after Superintendent Casey with bodily harm in mind, but people do things every day that I find hard to believe. I don't find it hard to imagine teenagers, who, after reading garbage on this forum, or listening to their parents rant, take it into their heads to do some form of malicious mischief - after all, now they have the address.

Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

Julie is a registered user.

Billie, very well put!

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Billie, I get your point. Although Dr. Casey is only irresponsible at his job duties, and Dr. Tiller has killed countless children (with LATE TERM abortions) There is (and should be) a huge difference.
I pay alot of taxes around here, and I would love to see for my own eyes what I help purchase for Dr. Casey. As a taxpayer, I believe its my right to know (and see) where my hard earned money has went.

Posted by Well said
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm


Thank you for your well stated post. I agree 100%!

Whether elected or hired, everyone is accountable for their actions.

As tax payers of the Bond Measures that supports the district, we're the "employer" in this instance. We have every right to know where our money is going within the district and how well those responsible to oversee it are doing in their stewardship.

As you know, we do not, however, have the right to threaten anyone - ever. There is a process to remedy any transgression we believe has occurred, and that is our legal system.

As an example, the management at AIG and other companies that received TARP funds, may have mishandled money they were entrusted with by our government with tax payer monies. There will be and should be an ivestigation as to any misuse of public funds. However, ACORN took it upon themselves to circumvent the leagal process, went to the homes of private citizens and harrassed them and frightened their families. This is absolutely inappropriate. Just as it would be to harrass Dr. Casey or Board members at their home. Criticism, well appointed or not, of Dr. Casey stops when he leaves his duties of the day and returns as a private citizen to his home and family.

I see an absolute clear line there.

Posted by concerned parent
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Might want to take a look at this since it appears it may pertain to a school teacher or administrator in Pleasanton. If this person is still employed by the school, I would be extremely concerned.

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