So today we found out that Bill Schmalfeldt started using an automatic tweet deleter that deletes all tweets older than 7 days. That started on May
27th 29. Interesting post can be found on Hogewash on May 27.
Beginning in late April, Bill Schmalfeldt began publishing a series of defamatory books and ebooks which used copyrighted works that I own. I advised the publishers of the infringement, and the books and ebooks were withdrawn from their catalogs. On 15 May, Schmalfeldt published the following on his Patriot-Ombudsman blog:
Here is my official DMCA Takedown Counterclaim. Hoge … [has] until June 4 AT THE LATEST to file suit against me in US District Court for the District of Maryland.
This morning, I filed in the Southern Division of the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland a lawsuit against William M. Schmalfedlt. The suit alleges 124 counts of copyright infringement since August, 2013.
– WJJ Hoge on his blog on May 27th, the day WM Schmalfeldt started auto-deleting tweets
I don’t believe that the suit hit PACER until June 5th, but it is clear it was filed earlier. So why would Schmalfeldt decided to start auto-deleting tweets on the
27th29th? Could it be that he got wind of a lawsuit that was filed against him on that daytwo days earlier, which heavily revolved around tweets?
Even if he set up the auto delete program, there is a strong argument that he shouldn’t have been deleting anything that may be used in a pending court case considering the DMCA Counterclaim he filed against Hoge didn’t expire until June 4th. Purposefully deleting things surrounding that DMCA Counterclaim would be, in fact, deleting potential evidence if Hoge decided to pursue it. And he did.
But even better, after being officially notified of the suit, the fact that he is continually deleting these tweets after getting the suit, and all while threatening to expand his counterclaim based on things posted after he filed his counterclaims, goes to show that Bill isn’t as smart as he thinks. He willfully deleted evidence in a pending trial, evidence he himself was expounding on. It is reasonable to assume Hoge would use his continuing tweets against him, but he gleefully continued deleting.
Wow. The Hubris.
I was wrong. The proper date was May 29. So two days after Hoge announced his lawsuit. I’ll be updating above and just have to say this looks worse and worse.
From looking at comments on the above mentioned Hogewash post, Bill posted to a now memory holed blog on or before the 28th admitting to seeing Hoge’s post about the lawsuit. And yet, on the 29th he starts the deleting. Interesting. Maybe he’ll blame me for that too.