Allegedly Libels Respected EWA President
“If you have been watching the Horse Slaughter debates, over the years, you will have noticed that when faced with irrefutable facts, figures and science the opposition “Darkside” resorts to profanity, name calling and public melt downs when cornered by the 70% of Americans who oppose their radical views. And it’s okay to throw a few barbs back and forth as it bothers me little when they are aimed at me because I am not only smarter but wiser and stronger and will hurl them back with twice the force. But when these lowlifes publicly attack the well know and benevolent President of the Equine Welfare Alliance, John Holland, who has always been nothing short of polite and courteous in his conversations; well, you have just gone too far.
Wallis and Duquette continue to test the phrase “how low can you stoop” and in so doing, now, run the risk of legal intervention. I, for one, am up to it as “discovery” on these two would be a trip and the entire process would very quickly expose them to the world for what they truly are…and it won’t be pretty for either of them.
Game On!” ~ R.T.
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Pro horse processing followers of Wyoming GOP State Rep Sue Wallis demonstrated a woeful ignorance of the nation’s libel laws in Facebook postings on the group’s United Horsemen ”closed” Facebook website the day before Thanksgiving. Among those posting was Dave Duquette, currently listed on the Internet site as the group’s president.
The target was respected anti-slaughter advocate John Holland, president of the Chicago based Equine Welfare Alliance. The Facebook banter began with a posting by Duquette and a photo of Holland hugging a horse. Holland is pictured wearing a slouch hat.
The exchange continued with sophomoric give and take among members until Duquette, a longtime enemy of Holland in the horse slaughter wars, got really nasty.
An exchange ensued on the invitation only Facebook Page. A participant with the unlikely name of Bridger Hake noted in the exchange under Holland’s photo, “Guy is kind of creepy. Maybe he needs some horsemeat in his diet.”
Duquette allegedly raised the conversation to the level of libel using a red flag hot button word reserved for criminal child molesters such as the case currently in the news at Penn State.
Kinda has the petaphile look to him,” Duquette responded to Hake. The meaning was clear, although the United Horsemen president misspelled the word pedophile.
Hake immersed himself into the potential legal soup saying, “I wasn’t going to mention that. Wonder if the guy watches school yards with a spotting scope.”
Holland is a public figure and as such the ability to for him to sue someone for defamation is more difficult than it is for the average person under the landmark Supreme Court ruling, New York Times vs. Sullivan. Yet Duquette and Hanke’s comments may have met the test, legal experts said.
Experts say that to meet the Supreme Court’s definition of libel involving a public figure, a quotation or statement must not only be made up or materially altered. It must also defame the person and damage his or her reputation or livelihood.
Calling a respected person a pedophile when they are not would demonstrate “reckless disregard for the truth,” another requirement for a successful libel suit under Sullivan.
“They are going after me with something made up out of whole cloth,” Holland told Horseback Magazine. “I’m going to talk to my attorney about this.”
Should Holland initiate litigation, it would enable lawyers and litigants for both sides to look at their organization’s inner workings through discovery. In the past, Holland has alleged United Horsemen ran a fraudulent drawing for a truck giveaway, among other things.
In a later post on the same site, Holland is shown petting a horse with two children standing nearby. The two boys are his nephews, he told Horseback. It was the one and only time the children had been close to a horse and is posted on Holland’s personal website.
Hake posted, “Watch out kids he might touch you!”
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