Yeah, I’m not too happy either.
Near the end of March, I got an e-mail from John, which I’m copying here for everyone’s amusement.
On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 1:19 AM, John Macan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Well Chris I have to do this to get my process going. It’s 12:15 AM in the morning on Friday March 23, 2012. You have 72 hours to remove any mention of me from your blog or I will be taking legal action against you. I have a lawyer here in my home state and in New York. Lawyers I can indeed afford. Just like the lawyer that got my two year state jail sentence suspended to five years supervision. If the website is not cleared of my name and you do not stop what is borderline stalking me, I will commence filing the paperwork for suit Monday.
I guess no one ever told John that civil court is nothing like criminal court — not to discount the possibility that the lawyer he mentioned also handles civil cases too, but that’s besides the point. I replied to John, explaining that I’m not committing a crime, I’m protected by the First Amendment, and if he or someone else contacts me on his behalf again, I’ll file a harassment complaint with the local Sheriff’s in Bryan.
Obviously, he was full of crap, big surprise, because it’s been way past 72 hours and nothing has happened. I also got a similar email from that Emily girl, who’s now caught up in John’s drama, but hey, she’s been warned by multiple people.
So, unbelievably, John has managed to avoid jail time. Though, one can only hope that it’s a matter of time until he’s caught doing something else.
Since he’s on supervision at the moment, I have no real desire to keep tabs on him. Most of Brazos County has heard of him and if he screws up again in the next five years, he does not pass go or collect $200. He goes straight to jail. However, if you’re reading this and have an update on what John is doing and the people he’s conning, feel free to leave a comment.