Defendant: Ahhhh, Mrs. Palmer, do you think maybe it might be unreasonable to fear comments from a man who you have written five pages online calling him a dumb F, calling him a child pornographer, calling him a fake, ah, ah, a person who is faking his Parkinson’s disease, calling him an alcoholic, would five pages of information published by you on your blog be enough to cause fear in your heart when you hear, or when the person you are writing about, the person you name your blog after tries to contact you?
Petitioner: Personal contact is something that I have requested that you not do. Yes, it does.
Defendant: You haven’t answered my question.
Petitioner: I don’t understand your question
Defendant: But, but, but I’ll…
Judge: Move on.
Defendant: How about 132 pages
Petitioner: Your honor!
Judge: Sir! I’m going to ask you to limit your questions to the complaint that she has filed. Your continued contact of her since on or about July the 4th
Defendant: Mrs. Palmer, since on or about July 4th, did you ask me to stop commenting, er contacting you?
Petitioner: I asked you in December 2015…
Defendant: That’s not the answer to the question.
Petitioner: I asked you in December…
*Crosstalk between Petitioner, Defendant and the Judge*
Judge: Stop it! Both of you! You need to give her an opportunity to answer the question, sir. Please answer his question.
Petitioner: I did not feel that I needed to reiterate my December 2015 statement to never contact you again.
Judge: Next question
Defendant: Why did you feel you did not need to reiterate that demand to stop contacting you, when I had been at-mentioning you on Twitter for months in between. Why was all of a sudden when at fifty there was fear for your life that caused you to start taking Xanax.
Petitioner: When your volume of intensity ramps up, it is unacceptable.
Defendant: What do you mean by volume of intensity?
Petitioner: Fifty @-mentions at a minimum in four days’ time is quite a lot when I requested that you not contact me. Along with an email, phone calls, text messages, it adds up.
Defendant: But you admit that at no time since the beginning of this episode that you asked me to stop contacting you.
Petitioner: I should not have had to.
Defendant: Ma’am, I believe North Carolina…
Judge: She has answered the question. Move on, sir.
Defendant: *heavy sigh* I’m trying to think of a question that won’t irritate your honor. I maintain , and again, I thank you for answering these questions honestly, I maintain that I have a first amendment right to write about or to anybody that I care to unless they specifically ask me to stop. Asking me to stop…
Judge: Are you making a closing statement, sir?
Defendant: I am making a closing statement.
Judge: Then you need to stand up when you are addressing the court
Defendant: I’m sorry, your honor, I’m not familiar with the process.