Calgary man John Kelly has been arrested and jailed for allegedly libeling the Calgary Police on his website http://www.rottenapples.info.
The libel case against Kelly is weak as a kitten. To a reasonable person, his website reads like a disorganized rant from a conspiracy nut, not to be taken seriously. Just look at the table of contents at the top of his homepage:
"Substantial Proof. Irrefutable Proof. Irrefutable Proof 2."
Who could possibly take this stuff seriously? Apparently only the Calgary Police, who undoubtedly account for the majority of visitors to Kelly's website. The other nine readers clicked on the site by accident, became confused, and pressed the back button on their web browser.
Bold and baseless anti-authority accusations on a fringe website that nobody reads do not constitute serious or significant injury to the reputation of another person. There are thousands of such sites on the Internet and the Calgary Police only flatter themselves by claiming victim status. What they really seek is payback against long-time critic John Kelly for his ebullient and rambling criticisms that no reasonable person would believe or take seriously anyways.
Calgary Police should beware the Streisand Effect:
"An attempt to censor or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of causing the information to be publicized widely and to a greater extent than would have occurred if no censorship had been attempted."As crazy as Kelly's claims against the Calgary Police are, some of them are very specific. Things that are being fact-checked right now by reporters on the story. Will the Calgary Police Service benefit from this increased scrutiny? Time will tell.