Feb 7, 2012

For PRK: Hi Ho, Silver

From the Southeast Texas Record:
Philip Klein's quest to unmask his nemeses ends in defeat

"Who was that masked man?"

Nearly every episode of a long-lived and beloved radio and TV western ended with that question -- and its answer, the name of the title character: "The Lone Ranger."

Of course, "The Lone Ranger" was merely a nom de guerre. No one but Tonto, his faithful Indian companion, knew his real name.

The Lone Ranger was the first of a long line of masked defenders of truth, justice and the American way. The Phantom followed, then Superman, Batman and countless others.

"Why do they conceal their true identities?" "What do they have to hide?" "Are they lawmen or outlaws?"

Those are the questions asked of all costumed crime fighters - the same questions asked of anonymous bloggers, as well.

Why would bloggers want to conceal their true identities? To protect themselves and their loved ones from intimidation, ambush and reprisal is one good reason.

The motives don't really matter because the American legal system has long recognized that our constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech includes anonymous publication.

Local political blogger Philip Klein is an erratic defender of free speech. He's in favor of it for himself, but not for others.

Klein invoked the First Amendment to defend himself against a defamation suit filed by a public official objecting to posts on Klein's Southeast Texas Political Review blog.

Then Klein went to court to try to get the names of bloggers posting anonymously about him, so he could sue them for defamation.

Fortunately for the bloggers, and for the rest of us, the Supreme Court of Texas affirmed a federal law prohibiting the unauthorized identification of internet service subscribers.

Last month, a local judge denied Klein's petition to take depositions in the case.

So, who were those masked men (or women) posting about him? Philip Klein may never know. And that's the way it should be.

Hi ho, Silver!
This editorial is greatly appreciated, but the real hero is our attorney, Jeffrey Dorrell.

Although Philip and his counsel, John Morgan, tried to make an end run around the First Amendment with some highly unethical legal maneuvers, Jeffrey eloquently argued our constitutional right to ridicule the town idiot anonymously.

As the editors of the Southeast Texas Record noted, our reasons for remaining anonymous are not germane. And this is a fundamental principal upon which the United States was founded.
PRK is now memorialized in the Southwest Reporter as In Re Does 1&2, 337 S.W.862, 863. He’s footnoted as an idiot whose world view doesn’t extend past his own ego, and who didn't introduce any evidence to back up his outrageous allegations at his own evidentiary hearing.

Thanks, Jeffrey!

21 comments :

Anonymous said...

So does this mean that Klein is the Joker?

Anonymous said...

Gus I read his latest article and checked Philip's taxes. He paid in full, but it didn't say if the check cleared yet.


https://actweb.acttax.com/act_webdev/jefferson/showdetail2.jsp?can=06680000000090000000&ownerno=0

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z83J0YBmHY

Anonymous said...

Another hatchet job on Judge Walker. Everything in it is false. Guess Klein is still mad about Judge Walker signing that order against his beloved attorney John Morgan. Word has it that this is how Klein is paying his legal fees to Morgan.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:03 AM
Wasn't Morgan in jail a couple of years ago for family violence--Now Morgan's current girlfriend puts a voodoo curse on Morgan's ex-wife. Weird for sure.

Anonymous said...

Talked to some bailiffs yesterday at the courthouse. They said that the only person that has a problem with judge Walker is Klein. They confirmed that everything Klein is saying is a lie. Pay those legal fees Phil!

Anonymous said...

To make Klein look even more stupid than he is now. Klein writes about the West Hardin ISD board ready to talk about Judge Walker. Why would they talk when Judge Walker's children don't even attend West Hardin. The most inept private investigator in the world.

Anonymous said...

Gus you need to check into Klein's "father of the year---NOT" performance at his daughter's wedding. WHAT A LOSER!

Anonymous said...

Didn't Walker throw Phillip Roger Klein in jail for being not paying his child support or something like that?

Anonymous said...

Gus,if you ever unfortunately come close to PK, try to remember to pull the mask over your nose. the odor that coes off that thing is awful!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Gus..I sure missed the truth..

Anonymous said...

Philip Roger Klein is a legend in his own mind.

Anonymous said...

Poor Philip, bites the dust again--
http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/241839-ninth-court-grants-beaumont-immunity-from-klein-harassment-suit

Anonymous said...

Too bad NBC has exclusive rights to "Biggest Loser."

Anonymous said...

Philip bites the big one.

Anonymous said...

NEW POLL: Should Klein step down as a private investigator?

Anonymous said...

If Klein was an investigator, he'd be aware a $1.8 million fire station is under construction in Sabine Pass.

Anonymous said...

After he moves to the Hill Country, who long will it be before Klein declares Comal County the most corrupt in Texas?

Anonymous said...

I guess Klein has never considered "qualifications" to run for public office. He has none.

Anonymous said...

Run fat boy Run

Anonymous said...

LOL, Klein contacts law enforcement because someone leaves a bad review on Amazon about his shi**y book. DO WHAT!! Is this guy a moron or what?