Craigslist Rant Might Land Colorado Guy in Prison
County Zones Attorney Larry Abrahamson expressed of 1800s-era state regulation to put persons beneath jail for that content of their own speech and send.
Abrahamson charged J.P. Weichel, 40, on Loveland, beneath October over updates he allegedly made on Craigslist's "Rants and also Rave" section.
True take up when one woman told Loveland public in Holiday season 2007 on postings created on her involving November and December 2007.
Certificates show updates which suggested she business sexual acts for lawful services from him attorney and also suggested a go to from child products because of a good damage to him kids.
Weichel, faced by detectives on his workplace in August, expressed he was "just venting," by court records.
Absolutely no call listing were access for Weichel, and also his attorney, Michael Liggett of Fort Collins, did not immediately arrive one message departed Monday by The Connected Press.
Libel is commonly finded as a civil condition. Denver lawyer Steve Zansberg, who works in First Deviation law, expressed prosecutors searching criminal libel situations would have one "chilling" effect on totally free speech beneath Colorado, especially over the Internet.
Abrahamson wasn't considerably sure. He said it's up to be able to public departments to be able to go after cases.
Zansberg deals the law is older, is confused on stating feelings and is leaved in such a way which dead persons could be victims on criminal libel.
Both the law allows prosecution with regard to speech "tending to blacken both the memory of someone who is lifeless" and to "open the natural blames of someone whose alive, and thus to expose him or her to public hatred, contempt and ridicule."
Criminal libel has one punishment on up to 18 several weeks in criminal.