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Well, folks, I finally heard that there's been a court date set for this whole anonymous blogger defamation situation. That is, the situation where three Bryant City Councilmen (Adrian Henley, Brenda Miller & Danny Steele) sued several anonymous members of, alleging that defamatory remarks were made by these members.

On July 12th at 2pm, the plaintiff's attorney plans to ask me whether I know who "The Shadow" is (I don't) and whether I leaked sealed information to him from the case (I didn't).

They'd also like to ask the judge to require me to turn over MySaline site data, including your private browsing information and your IP addresses, but I'm not sure if this will happen on a separate date. The judge is The Honorable Gary Arnold, whom I do not know personally, but I've heard is fair.

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Comment by Jennifer Kelly-Santee on June 11, 2012 at 2:25pm

All I'm saying is that I WOULD LOVE to show up dressed in black and have a HUGE SILVER "S" blinged out for all to see my beautiful black creation... Anytime the word "SHADOW" was used, I'd stand up and but since I wouldn't disrespect the courtroom nor this judge that way, I'll just sit quietly supporting Shelli.. If they want to ASSUME I am the shadow, well you know what you get when you ASSume..   It's up to them to do their research.   I hope they (those 3) understand I'm gonna market, and make a killing with the new Halloween Costume that I sell in Bryant and Benton this year!  ;) Love ya Shelli.

Comment by Ricky David Tripp on June 11, 2012 at 12:54pm

Miss Kelly-Santee, are you just having a good natured fun tme, or are you admitting to being the Shadow?  If so, tread carefully.  This group may be misguded, but they are serious about taking your money, your freedom of speech and a whole lot more if you are confessing.

Comment by A.B. on June 9, 2012 at 5:58pm

I'm not sure the courtroom could seat 100 people, but it would certainly be interesting to have that many people show up:-)


Comment by Carolyn Suggs on June 9, 2012 at 5:49pm
I plan on being there in support of you Shelli.
Comment by Ricky David Tripp on June 9, 2012 at 11:23am

I can't remain for more than three hours that day due to work restrictions.  But I will be there and I am publicly calling for a MINIMUM (more welcome) of 100 people to show up and support Shelli in what she has accurately described as a ridiculous case. 

I have been watching all of this for months with utter incredulity.  Reasonable people in Wards 1, 3 and 4 have to come to the conclusion that they don't know their aldermen anymore.  These three are beyond redemption in my opinion, and their phones need to start ringing off the hook.  Just go to the City of Bryant website for their contact information.  Tell them to stop now.

Danny, Adrian and Brenda -- understand when you've lost and try to be gracious about it.  You cannot win this case.  Shelli has nothing to provide, and no obligation to do so.  You have been harmed but only by yourselves.  Whoever the Shadow and all of these other people are, has anyone but me noticed that they have not been on here anytime recently? 

Part of the effect of a SLAPP lawsuit is chilling free speech, and that appears to be what has happened.  I have seen nothing from any of these anonymous bloggers of late, which tells me that they have been intimidated into silence, while their identities are being sought so that they can be punished for speaking their minds.  Where are we living?  Russia?  Who do these people think they are? 

If this continues, I think Shelli needs to consider her own lawsuit against her attackers.  I keep hearing that she isn't being sued, but the only name that keeps coming up is hers.  Does anyone else have a problem with this?  They can't find the ones they're mad at, so they come after her to compromise the security, privacy and integrity of her website and provide information they aren't lawfully entitled to?

Judge Arnold needs to slam this one down hard on the bench, and send it to the street -- along with the complainants.  Ridiculous?  That doesn't even begin to approach describing this.

Now that I've publicly criticized them, I guess I'm on the list, along with Jennifer, who has now admitted to being the Shadow (or that will be their version.)

Comment by Shelli Poole on June 8, 2012 at 11:56pm

Here's info about the court & the judge... 


The Second Division hears all cases involving abused and neglected children, 50% of all civil cases, and 30% of all felony criminal cases. The proceedings are held in Courtroom Number 1 at the Saline County Courthouse. 

Gary Arnold has served as Circuit Judge since 1991.


Gary M Arnold, Circuit Judge

Midge Snow, Administrative Trial Court Assistant

Jan Brooks, Official Court Reporter

Kevin Wiley, Court Security Officer

Saline County Courthouse
200 North Main Street, Room 204
Benton,  AR  72015

Phone:  501.303.5664
Fax:  501.303.5695

Comment by Colleen Faber Shoemaker on June 8, 2012 at 10:09pm

Thanks A.B.

Comment by A.B. on June 8, 2012 at 5:24pm

I would imagine that it would be downtown at the courthouse.  Judge Arnold's courtroom is upstairs on the 2nd floor.


Comment by Colleen Faber Shoemaker on June 8, 2012 at 5:11pm

Shelli, will the hearing be at the Saline County Courthouse?


Comment by Jennifer Kelly-Santee on June 8, 2012 at 10:23am

Time out??? no no, they need to pull a couple cards. Not a 'green' card day for either of YOU 3!!! I'm thinking we need to schedule a conference with their parents...

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