by Bill Simon
Perhaps if George Chidi was not a Progressive-Communist…and, perhaps if George Chidi did not think that paling around with the likes of Milquetoast Sell-outs of the Republican Brand like State Senator Fran Millar (Common-Core Lover), State Rep. Mike Jacobs, State Rep Tom Taylor, Candidate for DeKalb Commission Nancy Jester, Political Consultant Mike Hassinger, Political Consultant Todd Rehm, and Blogger Charlie Harper of PeachPundit.Slime, et al. was such a euphoric experience, perhaps I would not be experiencing such Schadenfreude that I am currently feeling about Chidi’s situation.
BUT…make no mistake…Chidi knowingly and deliberately brought all of what I am presenting to you on himself for failing to either know or understand the concept of demonstrating respect for other people. So, with that in mind, let’s take a Magical Mystery Tour of an applicable section of O.C.G.A. as it now applies to Mr. Chidi:
OCGA 16-5-90. Stalking;
(a)(1) A person commits the offense of stalking when he or she follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person. For the purpose of this article, the terms “computer” and “computer network” shall have the same meanings as set out in Code Section 16-9-92; the term “contact” shall mean any communication including without being limited to communication in person, by telephone, by mail, by broadcast, by computer, by computer network, or by any other electronic device; and the place or places that contact by telephone, mail, broadcast, computer, computer network, or any other electronic device is deemed to occur shall be the place or places where such communication is received. For the purpose of this article, the term “place or places” shall include any public or private property occupied by the victim other than the residence of the defendant. For the purposes of this article, the term “harassing and intimidating” means a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes emotional distress by placing such person in reasonable fear for such person’s safety or the safety of a member of his or her immediate family, by establishing a pattern of harassing and intimidating behavior, and which serves no legitimate purpose. This Code section shall not be construed to require that an overt threat of death or bodily injury has been made.
Recall, if you will, in the Vine this morning that I described Chidi’s first encounter with Tom Owens and the words out of his mouth to Owens were: “I am going to destroy you.”
That fits the definition of “harassing and intimidating” Tom Owens. And, when that happened, Owens told Chidi to leave him alone. Chidi did not heed that request to leave Owens alone.
Chidi continued to make contact with Owens. In this section of a blog post George Chidi made this morning at 9:00 AM on the PeachPundit.Slime website on the 2nd page of this PDF (this has been PDF snapshotted because we’re dealing with a criminal matter now, and I’m not going to give Chidi or any PP pal of his any opportunity to change the record), Chidi admits, on the record, that he contacted Owens after that first meeting by both calling him and texting him.
But, he did not just text him once…he texted several times to Owens. Owens never answered him. All this after being told by Owens to “leave me alone” at the St. Andrews Church event on September 18th after George promised Tom Owens that he would “destroy him.”
So, though Chidi is not yet in receipt of this Notice of a Warrant Hearing to be held on October 18, 2014, that application for a Warrant Hearing occurred on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in DeKalb County Magistrate Court. This happened before Chidi made his 5-page post about Tom Owens on PeachPundit.Slime this morning at 9:00 AM. And, the Magistrate Judge advised Owens to go to the DeKalb Superior Court first thing on October 6, 2014 to get a TPO filed against Chidi.
It’s important to understand that the Date and Time of Chidi’s “big” blog hit-piece on Tom Owens is October 6 at 9:00 AM (see this page).
It is important to know and understand that because at approximately 8:00 AM on October 6, Owens was already at the DeKalb Superior Courthouse applying for a Temporary Protective Order against Chidi to prevent him from harassing and intimidating Owens until the hearing on that TPO to be held on October 22nd, 2014.
Now, Chidi is whining on his Facebook page, and his Twitter account and his own blog that, essentially, “I’m a journalist and I am being prevented from doing my job.”
In fact, he has his own blog, and on it, he stated this: “But if this is allowed to stand unchallenged, it sets a precedent that a politician receiving unfavorable press at a sensitive moment can use the power of the court to bar coverage. The word “chilling” doesn’t cover it. It’s outrageous and dangerous and almost certainly unconstitutional.”
Being a “journalist” (IF, indeed, he even IS one…blogging on PeachPundit.Slime is not “journalism”) does not give one a license to harass, intimidate and/or stalk ANYONE.
If you look at the Date-and-Time Stamp of that TPO, on the 4th Page, it says at the very top: “October 6 9:52 AM.”
This TPO had nothing to do with Chidi’s post on PeachPundit.Slime that was published at 9:00 AM on October 6th. Heck, it would take someone the better part of 30 minutes to attempt to digest his voluminous Diarrhea-of-the-Mouth hit piece against Tom Owens before thinking of anything else.
One would think that for a guy like George Chidi, whose very advertised business repertoire is one of “business intelligence,” would have bothered to take the time to truly examine all parts of the TPO before making a snap judgement that the TPO was related to his PeachPundit.Slime post this morning; it wasn’t.
SO…George Chidi can scream about “unconstitutional restraint of the press”…but, this has absolutely nothing to do with “freedom of the press.” Chidi systematically, and repeatedly, engaged in a deliberate pattern of behavior to intimidate, harass, and cow Tom Owens into submission and cause him emotional distress. THAT isn’t an enumerated right in anyone’s version of either the U.S. Constitution OR the Georgia Constitution.