[CAR-PGa] Re: Stephanie Crowe

The action against the police was not for attacking RPG, but for shredding the due process provisions of the U.S. Constitution.  In that, they are defending us all.

Thanks for the update on the membership form.  I wish others would do likewise.  Some haven't updated theirs in over a decade - in fact, you are only the second member ever to do this.


From: M. Alan Thomas II <m_a_th_ii@hotmail.com>
To: Paul Cardwell <hippogriffpub@yahoo.com>
Sent: Fri, January 21, 2011 12:33:31 PM
Subject: RE: Stephanie Crowe

The story on the lawsuit so far is that:
1: the District Court judge granted summary judgement in favor of the police on most but not all of the charges,
2: two of the three families appealed (one dropped out, presumably deciding that they'd had enough) and the police cross-appealed in the hopes of getting the other charges thrown out as well, and
3: the Circuit Court ripped the original decision to pieces and returned it to the District Court for trial with the clear indication that they won't uphold any verdict other than "guilty".

The summary judgment was upheld in a few instances, but those are the usual result of the shotgun approach to lawsuits, where as many charges and defendants are named in the hopes of sticking something to someone; I don't think there's anything unfair about throwing out those specific charges. The district judge who issued the original ruling has died, so the trial will be handled by someone else. The formalities of a trial will take a while, but the talk now is of how large the penalties will be, not if they'll win. I'm attaching a copy of the most recent version of the appeals decision. (It's been amended twice.)

In other news, I really ought to submit a new copy of my membership form, so here it is:

Date: January 21, 2011
Name: M. Alan Thomas II
Address: 1619 Longbow Ct., Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone number: 314-814-4539 (home)
E-mail address: Publicly, I like listing "CrazyDreamer@crazydreams.org"; you can guarantee that that will always reach me. At the moment I mostly actually use m_a_th_ii@hotmail.com, but I don't want to list that.
Website: http://www.crazydreams.org/
Birth date and sex haven't changed.
Occupation: Librarian
Place of work: Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090, http://www.indiantrailslibrary.org/
High School: St. Louis University High, 1996-2000
College: Washington University in St. Louis ("in St. Louis" is part of the name), 2000-2007, A.B. in english literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing in fiction
Graduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2008-2009, M.S. in Library and Information Science
Languages: English (native), some dead languages (probably not relevant)

1. LexisNexis, NewsBank, ProQuest
2. See above.
4. Not much, these days, but I suppose you could list running In Nomine, Paranoia (various editions), and Star Wars The Roleplaying Game (d6/WEG). Oh, and Vampire LARPs (both versions).
6. I've been known to go to gothic-industrial clubs. My LIS interests include a healthy dose of information policy, which has a lot to do with the legal challenges we face. I've run anime clubs and worked to defend anime when it was a moral panic target.
7. Nothing beyond what's listed/implied above.
9. I'm amused that this is still on our list of questions.
10. One Windows 7 tower, one OS X 10.5 laptop, one Ubuntu Linux netbook, and WinXP on a Bootcamp partition. Again, this question seems a bit outdated.
11. My printer/scanner can do basic 8.5" x 11" copies. (Possibly slightly larger if we had the right paper.)
13. Some conservatives might not like me if they knew who my brother was. (One of the leaders of a sit-in/hunger strike at our university, worked for the Obama campaign, just finished a job as the state coordinator for a "green jobs" group, etc.)
14. Hasn't changed, obviously.
15. I like reading case law for fun.

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