Live Free or Die
First Amendment rights? Remember:
-- I didn't sue them; THEY sued me.
-- I never asked them for any sort of monetary settlement. They sued me.
-- I even offered to walk away from things if they'd make a donation to rebuild the library in Gulfport, Mississippi which Katrina destroyed. They said no, then filed suit to recover their lawyer's fees.
I have a bankruptcy attorney now.
He thinks that Random House KNOWS that they don't have an honest case for going after their attorney's costs and that their attempt is a cynical manipulation of the court system so they can use a judgement against me as leverage so that I'll drop my appeal. In other words, they're using the judge to help settle the case.
Well, my First Amendment rights are not for sale and not negotiable.
NOT NEGOTIABLE. Ain't going to happen. Period.
It's obvious that Random House is desperate to keep Dan Brown off the witness stand. It's obvious by their actions that they KNOW they can't successfully get through a jury trial.
They also want to make sure that free speech is very expensive for those it disagrees with.
Any other journalist or blogger should beware. If they can do it to me, then you could be next.
Of course, that's just what they want. They want to make me an example to keep others from even thinking of seeking justice.
The First Amendment is not Random House's friend and they're using all their multi-billion-dollar global corporate might to squash it now -- when it's not convenient.
Of course, if someone tried to curb THEIR right to speech, their screams would be orbiting somewhere between Neptune and Saturn.
Live free or die. It means something to me. It means something to people in the armed forces who die, are dying and will die to defend it as one of our basic rights.
To buckle under to an arrogant, multinational corporate bully disgraces those sacrifices.
No. Hell, no.
That's my answer. So don't ask.