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    Maryland Shooter Kills 5 at Capital Gazette After Years-Long Vendetta

    Maryland Shooter Kills 5 at Capital Gazette After Years-Long Vendetta

    “I said during that time, ‘This guy is crazy enough to come in and blow us all away.'”

    Law enforcement identified the man who shot and killed five people at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD, as Jarrod Ramos.

    Ramos sued the publication in 2012 for defamation, but the judge tossed the case in 2015. Instead of waiting for facts, many people and the media immediately jumped to conclusions and blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

    The Vendetta

    The Capital Gazette reported in September 2015:

    Maryland’s second-highest court last week upheld a ruling in favor of Capital-Gazette Communications, a former reporter and a former publisher accused of defamation.

    Jarrod Ramos of Laurel made the defamation claim in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in 2012 after a 2011 column by then-Capital staff writer Eric Hartley about Ramos’ guilty plea to criminal harassment.

    Prince George’s Circuit Court Judge Maureen M. Lamasney dismissed Ramos’ claim in 2013, saying the article was based on public records and Ramos presented no evidence it was inaccurate.

    Ramos, who represented himself, appealed the decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which upheld Lamasney’s ruling in an opinion filed Thursday.

    “A lawyer would almost certainly have told him not to proceed with this case,” the court wrote in the opinion. “It reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not.”

    His reported Twitter account is still up and I took some screenshots.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that the profile picture is the man who wrote an article on Ramos in 2011 that identified him as a man who “was convicted of criminally harassing a woman who had turned down his advances.”

    The Los Angeles Times spoke to former editor and publisher Tom Marquart:

    “He waged a one-person attack on anything he could muster in court against the Capital,” Tom Marquardt, the newspaper’s editor and publisher until 2012, told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview.

    “I said during that time, ‘This guy is crazy enough to come in and blow us all away,’” Marquart said, adding that he and other newspaper officials had fretted over how to stop Ramos’ harassment.

    Marquart said police couldn’t arrest Ramos for his behavior toward the newspaper, and the paper was reluctant to sue him in court. “The theory back then was, ‘Let’s not infuriate him more than I have to.… The more you agitate this guy, the worse it’s gonna get.’”

    As he spoke to The Times, Marquart’s voice grew tense as he recalled his fear of Ramos, and how he’d felt powerless to do anything to stop the harassment.

    Blame Game

    We all know that some people and media try to blame Trump for everything and it came to no one’s surprise that many blamed Trump’s media rhetoric on the shooting. Even AFTER confirmation, some tried to tie it to Trump.


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    “Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete! “

    txvet2 | June 29, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Once upon a time people who threatened violence against others were taken into custody, housed in a controlled environment, and evaluated as to their danger to themselves and others. Then something happened – Democrats demanded that they all be turned loose. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

      Mac45 in reply to txvet2. | June 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      First of all, in order to hold someone who makes a threat or may be a danger to others, you have to show that person is insane, or he has to break the law. If the person breaks a law, for threatening violence, then he only serves a limited time in incarceration. The same is true of the mentally ill. If the person shows enough improvement to function in society, then he is released. I know that people think that a Minority report type system, which results in life imprisonment because someone MAY kill someone someday, sounds like a good idea in hindsight. but, they might not view it in the same light if they were sitting in prison for life for simply making a verbal or written threat.

      This man went for 2 1/2 years since his last “threat” against the paper without being arrested or committing any incidents of violence.

    LibraryGryffon | June 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    “Maryland is for stalkers”.

    Having been following sevaral MD loons and how the MD system hasn’t cared, (and been a minor target of one of them) I’m sadly not surprised.

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