Monday, April 24, 2006

Closing in on the "Geniouses"

FITS' crack investigative staff (left) is close to exposing the identities of those responsible for the website Palmetto Voice, which last week attempted to blackmail former House Majority Leader and State Treasurer candidate Rick Quinn.

More importantly, FITS is also on the verge of proving that the April 16 blackmail threat (which was removed from the website the day after it was posted) was based on deliberately falsified information, or information that the blog's authors knew to be untrue.

Stay tuned to FITS for more on this developing story and its potential legal ramifications for Palmetto Voice's authors as well as the rest of the SC blogosphere ...

Incidentally, one of Palmetto Voice's contributors posted what they thought was an anonymous comment on the FITS' Warren Tompkins story over the weekend, rhetorically asking our own Will Folks the following doozy:

"If you're such a media genious (sic) why couldn't you bury that story of you beating your ex?"

As it turns out, the misspelling of the word genius (PV apparently spells it "genious") is the same exact misspelling featured on PV's latest post.

Way to go, geniouses.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how tough is it to finger terry sullivan and wes donnyho there sicster?

4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wes donahue is a trouble making punk. I wouldn't doubt if it were him.

5:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does your profile say you are a female when you're will folks? I thought that was a dude? Or do you get into the transgendersphere?

6:34 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

You know, I've watched these allegations regarding "blackmail" for sometime, and while there seems to be an implied suggestion that there may be some allegations forthcoming, I don't see any criminal intent.

For a definition of blackmail, I will quote the S.C. Code of Laws, which is right above the now-famous cockfighting statute. It says:

SECTION 16-17-640. Blackmail.

Any person who verbally or by printing or writing or by electronic communications:

(1) accuses another of a crime or offense;

(2) exposes or publishes any of another's personal or business acts, infirmities, or failings; or

(3) compels any person to do any act, or to refrain from doing any lawful act, against his will;

with intent to extort money or any other thing of value from any person, or attempts or threatens to do any of such acts, with the intent to extort money or any other thing of value, shall be guilty of blackmail and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than ten years, or both, in the discretion of the court.

Having said that and looked at their posting, which ya'll saved, I don't see where it meets the legal definition of blackmail.

Sure, they might have affiliations with a campaign, and maybe are even acting based upon these allegations. It wouldn't surprise me a bit. I consider a lot of the more childish crap in the blogosphere, especially when posted by those who don't show their identities, to have a fair likelihood of being biases and agenda-driven.

But blackmail? Nope, not hardly.

As to the offer of a room you extended me and Josh, thanks but no thanks. Grow up.

At least Josh and I don't hide our identities. Maybe that bothers you, who knows?

7:56 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Our Dear Earl of Urethral,

You quoted the very definition by which Mr. Folks, should he so choose, would find a right to press his (or her) legal rights.

We like your blog, though, and frankly as fans of boys in white tuxes we will simply let the rest of it, well, ride.

Remember Jesus loves you,


8:12 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

Well, He would be one of the few who do love me. It's a tough job.

That was the last time you'll find me in a tux, so don't get your hopes up, whoever you are.

But if you like my blog, you should post some thoughts on it. I welcome everyone, including the wack-jobs and Mike Campbell supporters.

10:06 PM


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