RIP Philo

Eliot Stein is a piece of shit.,2933,261916,00.html

In the wake of Seipp's friends' actions to take his site down, however, Stein has gotten no responses to letters or phone calls from his Internet host. He said he's willing to turn the site over to Maia Lazar, on the condition that they both sign an agreement to never write about each other publicly again.

“Hopefully, it's over and done with,” Stein said. “We all go our own ways. The ball's in their court.”

Maia's lawyers noted that Stein's only correspondence with them has been two terse and hostile e-mails, one of which was simply: “Go to Hell.”

“Mr. Stein's actions were unlawful ... there was no First Amendment right for Mr. Stein to use the domain name to post a fraudulent and defamatory letter purporting to be from Cathy Seipp,” Maia's lawyer, Kimberly L. Thigpen of Pfeiffer Thigpen & Fitzgibbon, wrote in an e-mail.

When told of Stein's offer, Thigpen said that she would have to consult with her client, but that Maia's primary goal has been to regain her mother's domain name.

Most legal experts said Stein may have a strong case in defending his actions as a parody, and that a defamation claim on behalf of Seipp would have little effect after her death (Maia still has the potential for a defamation suit, however, they said). Experts were in disagreement about whether Seipp's possible status as a celebrity might affect any legal action. Experts agreed that Stein almost certainly violated state cybersquatting laws.
Permalink fox news? oh, she was a Repub. 
March 29th, 2007 5:17pm
That is an incredibly strange story. The guy was holding a grudge against her ever since he got fired for harassing her when she was a 10th grade student in his journalism class. So he waits until she is dead and then tries to steal her identity and ruin her reputation by posing as her on the internet.

"Stein had just started as a journalism professor at a private school in Los Angeles called the Ribet Academy, where Maia was in 10th grade. Maia, he said, was undeniably bright and an excellent writer, and he made her editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. But things quickly went sour, and Stein ended up leaving the school in October after a dispute with Maia and her mother. According to him, he quit because of a tangential issue — the administration wanted to suspend Stein for a single day for responding to Maia on her blog before the school had formulated its official statement. On his last day, Stein came to school dressed in a tuxedo and, class by class, told all of his students that his leaving was the fault of one particular 10th-grade girl. By all accounts, Maia became an outcast at school."

That guy has got some serious issues.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 5:29pm
And good on you for finding yet another "Professors Gone Wild" internet harassment case.

It's kind of like all those hot blond teachers that are banging the 11 yr old students. What is wrong with all of them? Does teaching just attract the worst sort of person?
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 5:32pm
Oh wait, it was the MOTHER of the 10th grade student he taught that he was impersonating.

This is one of those stories that's so bizarre it's hard to get straight from the first reading.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 5:35pm
Which is why gossiping about Britney, blogs, or anything is such a stupid-assed pasttime.

It's one thing to be curious and talk about things, but what generally ends up happening is a bunch of ASSumptions, unfounded mud slinging, and generally barbaric behavior.

Chris had some strange ideas, but I have to give him credit. If we had Star Trek style technology that allowed us to reproduce various occurences in full detail and witness them first hand, the world might well be a better place.
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 5:40pm
Just 30 minutes ago I overheard someone on a cell phone talking about some message board postings about someone being in some legal trouble.

The postings had apparently gone so far as to have spilled over into ramblings about the diets of the primary subject's overweight acquaintances!
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 5:43pm
Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling I tell ya! And a damned ignorant-moron-crisp layer!
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 5:44pm
Yeah I guess people like to gossip but doing it using your real name in writing on the internet is asking for trouble.

In the above case, the mother was actually a well known blogger who had spent years writing diatribes against the teacher and accusing him of being both incompetent and a pedophile, both which were untrue. So I can see why he got so mad he wanted to go nuts and assume her identity once she was dead. I think. I think I see why. Because he was really mad at her and she had done him wrong.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 29th, 2007 5:45pm
He'd had the domain name and been using it as a parody blog for over 2 years.

They were both nuts.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
March 30th, 2007 10:55am
Actually the three of them, mother, daughter and Stein, all seem pretty despicable. The only thing deserving of sympathy is the cancer.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 30th, 2007 11:24am

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