Ryan Miner threatens to sue blogger again


I received the following letter from Hagerstown attorney Lewis C. Metzner today:

Letter from Ryan Miner’s Attorney by Jeff Quinton

(If you have trouble viewing the above letter, click here.)

I wish Mr. Metzner success in his continuing study of the English language. I also talked to multiple lawyers about the letter and they all provided negative criticism of the professionalism on display.

As a result of all this, I will be travelling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania posthaste to look at Allegheny County court records to find out exactly what Ryan Miner confessed to in open court that resulted in his apparent guilty pleas to charges of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact (18 § 2709 §§ A1 in PA Code) and Simple Assault (18 § 2701 §§ A3 in PA Code.)

Here’s what the Pennsylvania Code says about the elements of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact (18 § 2709 §§ A1):

§ 2709. Harassment.
(a) Offense defined.–A person commits the crime of
harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another,
the person:
(1) strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the
other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to
do the same;

Here’s what the Pennsylvania Code says about Simple Assault (18 § 2701 §§ A3):

§ 2701.  Simple assault.

(a)  Offense defined.–A person is guilty of assault if he:

(3)  attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;

I’ll leave it at the above facts and everything else I’ve written thus far and let the reader decide when it comes to Ryan Miner.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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  1. Dear Mr. Quinton,

    I’m an attorney, a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and a writer. My favored writing topics include free speech, legal threats and their role in internet culture (especially the Streisand Effect), and the rebuke of legal bullies. As a hobby, I help connect threatened bloggers with pro-bono lawyers, using a shoutout called the Popehat Signal on my blog, Popehat.

    If I can be of assistance in publicizing the threats against you, or in connecting you with suitable pro bono counsel in your area, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Very truly yours,

    Ken White