Wee Hours of the AM, February 10, 1985...
I plucked this off of USENET, the national network of UNIX systems.
I think all of you will be interested in this, especially those of
you out there who are sysops on your own systems. Please, Please,
PLEASE download this and post it on every BBS and AE you can find.
To coin a phrase:
WE HAVE WON!!!!!!!!!!!
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Future Sysop, >THE PLANET 10 AE<
PURSUANT TO A TELEPHONE DISCUSSION WITH REGINALD DUNN,
HEAD OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION OF THE L.A. CITY ATTORNEY'S
OFFICE, I WAS INFORMED THAT THE PROSECUTION BELIEVES IT HAS
INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CONTINUE THE PROSECUTION OF TOM
TCIMPIDIS, SYSOP OF MOG-UR. THIS DETERMINATION WAS MADE AFTER
I REQUESTED A REVIEW OF THE CASE ON 1/11/85 AFTER THE
DEPARTURE OF CITY ATTORNEY IRA REINER TO BECOME D.A., AND
WHILE THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS BEING RUN BY THE CIVIL
SERVICE STAFF PENDING ELECTION OF A NEW CITY ATTORNEY. MR.
DUNN HAS GIVEN ME HIS WORD THAT THE PEOPLE WILL SEEK DISMISSAL
OF THE CHARGES AGAINST TOM UNDER CALIF. PENAL CODE SECTION
1385, I.E., DISMISSAL IN THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE. UNDER
CALIFORNIA LAW, SUCH A DISMISSAL IS "WITH PREJUDICE" AND THE
PEOPLE CANNOT REFILE THE CASE SUBSEQUENTLY. TO PUT IT
SUCCINCTLY, A DISMISSAL WILL TERMINATE THE PROSECUTION
AS THE MEMBERS KNOW, THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HAS
PREVIOUSLY RENEGED ON REPRESENTATIONS MADE TO ME REGARDING
DISMISSAL OF THE CHARGES....I WISH TO ASSURE EVERYONE THAT I
HAVE KNOWN MR. DUNN FOR 10 YEARS, AND I TRUST HIS WORD
COMPLETELY. IF HE SAYS THE CASE WILL BE DISMISSED, I AM
SATISFIED THAT SUCH AN ACTION WILL OCCUR.
WE WIN. WIN....WIN....WIN....WIN....WIN....MY THANKS TO
EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO SUPPORTING TOM AND I IN THE
DEFENSE OF THIS MATTER. I CONSIDER THIS TO BE A MAJOR VICTORY
FOR THE RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH OVER THE "BIG BROTHER"
MACHINATIONS OF THE PHONE COMPANY.
I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD DOWNLOAD THIS MESSAGE
AND PLACE IT ON OTHER SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.....THIS
IS A VERY BIG VICTORY, AND THE BBS AND MODEM COMMUNITIES
SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT.
AGAIN, THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. BEST WISHES TO ALL,
ATTORNEY FOR SYSOP TOM TCIMPIDIS
THE CASE OF PEOPLE V. TCIMPIDIS, AKA USE A MODEM, GO TO
JAIL, WAS DISMISSED IN THE "INTERESTS OF JUSTICE" THIS
MORNING, 2/7/85. AS NOTED EARLIER, THIS DISMISSAL IS WITH
PREJUDICE, AND TOM IS NOW FREE OF THE PACTEL SCOURGE. ANOTHER
SMALL STEP FOR SOMETHING RESEMBLING JUSTICE.
[For those of you unaware of the case, Tom Tcimpidis had his system
confiscated after the Shock Troops of PacTel found "illegally
obtained" telephone credit card number(s) on his BBS and was sub-
sequently jerked around by the L.A. City Attourney, who first promised
that he was not going to be prosecuted, then changed his mind and
(I guess) decided to file charges. Now the case has supposedly been
dropped, permanently. I'm no lawyer, but I think the gist of this
is that you sysops out there probably have little to worry about when
it comes to being prosecuted for leaving something illegal on your board.
NOW will you get rid of those silly disclaimers? -CN]