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Neo-Nazi Site Founder Wants Harassment Lawsuit Dismissed

By    |   Sunday, 03 December 2017 08:04 PM

The founder of a neo-Nazi website who unleashed a “troll storm” on a Jewish Montana mom wants a lawsuit dismissed because he thinks his posts encouraging readers to contact her should be considered protected speech, CNN reports.

Andrew Anglin, the founder of the “The Daily Stormer,” early this year targeted Montana real-estate agent Tanya Gersh in a blog post and accused her of extortion after Sherry Spencer, the mother of white supremacist Richard Spencer, said Gersh threatened her and said protestors would show up to a building she owned and drive the property’s value down if she didn’t sell.

Gersh said she had a “mother-to-mother” chat with Sherry Spencer and advised her to disavow her son’s views. Gersh also said she offered to sell Sherry Spencer’s home in Whitefish, Mont., where both women live, as a way of defusing tensions. Sherry Spencer wrote her blog post soon after, and Anglin scooped it up to write something of his own.

He also told his readers to contact her and posted her phone number, address, workplace, social media profiles and photos of her.

Gersh told CNN she’s received harassing messages since, and most have been hateful in context.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing Anglin on Gersh’s behalf, accusing him of intentionally inflicting emotional distress, invasion of privacy and intimidation.

Anglin’s lawyers say the messages intend no actual harm.

"Even Nazi expression, no matter the psychic harm on Jewish residents, is nonetheless protected speech," Anglin's lawyers wrote.

"Every word uttered by Mr. Anglin in this public dispute is protected by the First Amendment, no matter how many people find those views intolerable," Anglin's lawyers argue.

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The founder of a neo-Nazi website who unleashed a "troll storm" on a Jewish Montana mom wants a lawsuit dismissed because he thinks his posts encouraging readers to contact her should be considered protected speech, CNN reports.
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