Homeowner uses that pesky First Amendment to state his case. The nerve!

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Sunday April 13, 2008.

an image froom asynconhome.infoA prevailing image: from the site mentioned. I shamelessly stole it and hope that it’s covered under Fair Use, as it demonstrates what the site is about.Scott from Around Carson points out a site run by a seemingly pretty angry guy. He’s angry because his house is having some major problems and the builder isn’t really doing much to help him out.

It’s classic. From my quick perusing of the site, I see that he has been very careful to post only things that have happened and offer his opinion on those things and of the builder as a result of the things that have happened. Sound familiar?

Awesomely, the footer of the page has a disclaimer that all content is covered by two important things:

Article 1, Section 9 of the Nevada Constitution:

Liberty of speech and the press. Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects being responsible for the abuse of that right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions and civil actions for libels, the truth may be given in evidence to the Jury; and if it shall appear to the Jury that the matter charged as libelous is true and was published with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted or exonerated.

(I really, really hope the Nevada Constitution isn’t copyrighted.)

and, of course, the First Amendment of the US Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I largely scoff at those types of sites, but I’ve never questioned their legality. For the site owner’s sake, I hope no one does. Perhaps some of my new anonymous friends can offer up their opinions on whether what he is doing is considered defamation. That ought to make for a thoughtful, productive discussion.

Ryan JerzRyan Jerz is an all-around good guy who wants people to eventually refer to him as "that dude who climbs mountains."

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