Judge: And, when did all of this start with Mr. Schmalfeldt?
Petitioner: It’s been two years.
Judge: All right, thank you. I may come back to you with more questions. All right, Mr. Schmalfeldt, I’ll hear from you now.
Defendant: Good morning your Honor. Ah, If I could ask a procedural question quickly? Ah, at any point in this hearing will I be able to ask Mrs. Palmer some questions under oath?
Judge: Yes, but right now, I just want to hear your side of this.
Defendant: Yes, ma’am. Ah, first may I approach and offer into evidence something?
Judge: No. You can hand it to the bailiff, he will take it. Do you have a copy for Ms. Palmer?
Defendant: I have a copy for the petitioner as well.
Defendant: This is a..
Judge: Excuse me, excuse me. Before I hear anymore testimony, she has the right to read this information.
Defendant: Please do.
Petitioner: I know exactly what it is.
Judge: Do you need time to read it?
Petitioner: I know exactly what it is.
Defendant: Ah your honor, that is the excerpts of ah, 234 pages of excerpts of a blog Mrs. Palmer has been maintaining about me, ah, since May of 2015. There’s almost daily, ah, blog entries, in which she claims to quote things I say and take them out of context. And some of these things that she writes are downright profane. Now, to get to the crux of the biscuit, as they say, ah, I’m in the early stages of persuing a prosecution for a lawsuit in the us district court for the district of South Carolina, in which Mrs. Palmer is one of the defendants. As a result I find it necessary to look at her blog, to gather evidence, because one of the charges, one of the allegations I should say, is defamation, and, ah, rah, reckless misconduct and, reckless conduct and wanton misconduct. Now, she posted the blog, and I’ll ask her if she remembers this, ah, on July 4th, and last paragraph is what started this chain of events. Ah, she’s basically telling me I should go ahead and prosecute her. But I have to find out the hard way. And you know what I’m talking about here. “Go on Mr. Schmalfeldt. Schmalfeldt away. I’ll be over here on my porch, watching the grass grow, waiting for that summons to arrive. Hope it doesn’t take too long. Don’t wanna fill up on too much popcorn.” Posted under the tag lines Bill, Laughing at Loser, and PLM which stands for Pointing, Laughing and Mockery. Now that paragraph struck me as being overly smug by half. And it made me wonder if I had sent a summons to her correct address. So, I began researching to make sure that the clerk of courts in the federal courts in Florence South Carolina had the correct address, and I determined that I did NOT have the correct address. And I learned that she had apparently moved from Rockingham county to Guilford County in, Decem… I’m sorry, either September or October of 2015. Now, since she had filed
Judge: Ok, let me just interrupt you right here. What we are here about today is her petition for a no-contact order regarding her allegations that you have on numerous occasions and in numerous ways contacted her for the purposes of harassing her. And I’m not interested in this federal lawsuit that you are taking about. I want you to answer or refute her allegations that you have contacted her on more than one occasion since on or about July the 4th.
Defendant: Ahh, I certainly have, because I’m trying to find out what her correct address was and whether or not her restraining order in Rockingham County was proper if she lived in Guilford County.
Defendant: And, actually, all she would have had to do is, is reply yes or no and I would have moved on. Now, again, I don’t want to get back into all that, but, ahhh, I wondered about the legalities of, you know, living in one county, claiming to live in another, so I tried Twitter first. And these are the tweets I sent. Sarah, I know you moved from Greensboro… Reidsville to Greensboro, I know, oh, you said you read these already. I’m sorry.
Judge: Yes, I have.