Plaintiff Peter D. Freeman -
star of his own lawsuit,
Freeman and D'Angelo
seeks another injunction against Free Speech.
Will Freeman win control over the
Mille Lacs News?
Remember the old saying:
"If you can't say anything nice, don't
say anything at all - or we'll sue you."
May 13, 2011
Social Work Professor Peter D.
Freeman is at it again, filing another injunction in Hennepin Fourth
District Court against blogger Hannabelle. He claims Hannabelle
defamed him in her article "No Blood on My Hands - Peter D. Freeman".
(January 22, 2010) And he wants the judge - yes, Judge Marilyn Brown
Rosenbaum (again) to make her take down that article and make her stop
talking about him.
"Well, he keeps using the
Minnesota Justice System to harass me," said Hannabelle. "First, as a member
of the Nexus Board of Directors, Freeman brought 94 convicted juvenile
sex offenders into my neighborhood and put them next to day care, elderly
widows and families with children. Because of him, there are elderly women
living next to sex offenders. How well do you think they sleep at night?"
In 2007, Hannabelle sought
Freeman's help in stopping the Nexus/Onamia relocation project from
targeting her residential neighborhood as the building site for the Mille
Lacs Academy, a juvenile sex offender treatment center. At the time, Freeman
worked in the Social Work Department at St. Thomas University. According to
Hannabelle, she believed that as an "expert" in Social Work, if Peter
Freeman were informed about the neighbors, he would ask the Onamia City
Council to put the sex offenders somewhere else - away from people who would
be at risk.
"Boy was I wrong," Hannabelle
said. "When I called him, I expected him to at least listen to our concerns.
I really thought he didn't know about us. Usually these institutions are
built in non-residential areas - like institutional or commercial districts;
even areas zoned industrial. But Freeman knew, all right. As soon as I
identified myself, he slammed down the phone. All I had time to say was 'Please
don't hang up!' but he did."
According to Freeman's
testimony at trial, that phone call lasted less than a minute. Hannabelle
gages it at about fifteen seconds. "He didn't even give me a chance to state
our position," she said. "He was incredibly rude."
After the failed phone call,
Hannabelle sent a private, confidential email to Freeman's superior, asking
her to help convince Freeman that sex offenders don't belong next to day
care. Peter Freeman then sued Hannabelle.
"It was pretty stupid to sue
me over an email," she said. "If he hadn't sued me, I wouldn't have anything
left to say. The sex offender facility is up and running - no pun
Now she writes about Freeman's
lawsuit. Or Lawsuits. As Nexus Chairman of the Board, Freeman sued
her for a second time.
Freeman now owns
Dynamics, a consulting business. According to the latest Plaintiff's
Motion, Freeman "testified that his perception of the harm in having the
defamatory material about him still available on the internet is that
potential clients will run a Google search on his name and then read the
defamatory posting available on the material archived on the Mille Lacs News
Hannabelle maintains that
nothing she's said about Freeman crosses into the defamation zone. "It all
started as a SLAPP - a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," she
said. "They wanted to shut me up."
It looks like Freeman, for
one, is still trying to silence Hannabelle. As to Freeman's complaint
about Google, she says, "Hey. It's not my fault and not my problem. Maybe he
should have thought about that before he sued me. By taking me to court, he
made sure that it's now 'public information'. I can write about it. Anybody
can. And I hope people will. Everybody knows that Google's out there
watching us all. Freeman should have known that when he made this a public
debate. I sent the email in private. He made it public when he sued
me. Now he's blaming me.
"There are consequences we all
must face for our actions. I know I've had my share. Maybe Peter has to take
a little responsibility and face some of his own. Personally, I'm glad he
went for this injunction. I read in the new documents that some of the links
on the website aren't working. I'll have to get right on that."