It pays to be famous II: Natalie Maines adds insult to Terry Hobbs injury

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Natalie Maines

Maines Wins Legal Fees After Defamation Case:

I posted about the libel suit filed against Natalie Maines by Terry Hobbs here and the dismissal of the suit here.

Basically, Maines called Terry Hobbs the ‘real killer’ of Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore, the three children who the much ballyhooed West Memphis 3 were convicted of killing. Which means for all intents and purposes the WM3 killed them.

Terry Hobbs was the stepfather to Stevie Branch but now that Terry Hobbs hair was found on one of the boys has got the black nail polished masses are saying that Terry Hobbs is the killer even though for over a decade they called for the head of Mark Byers. Like I’ve said before the so-called DNA evidence neither implicates Hobbs nor exonerates Damien Echols and his lackeys.

This didn’t stop Maines from basically calling Hobbs the real killer in a public rally for the WM3. Mr. Hobbs filed a libel suit against Maines and it was dismissed because a judge said that Maines did not act with malice. Even if she acted with stupidity isn’t that still libel. Anyway, I think that the reason the suit was dismissed is that Maines is famous and the judge didn’t want the heat.

Now not only has the suit been dismissed but Terry Hobbs has been ordered to pay the legal fees of the multimillion-dollar recording artist. A whopping $17,590.

Is that really necessary? To Maines, I’m sure that’s the cost of one of her pleather coated tour bus seats but to someone like Mr. Hobbs, a guy who is just trying to make a living, that could be half a year’s salary or more.

Since no real court will file charges against him are you taking it upon yourself to break Terry Hobbs? Because that’s what it looks like to me.

It pays to be famous: Lawsuit against Dixie Chick dismissed

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Natalie Maines

Judge dismisses libel lawsuit against Dixie Chicks:

I originally posted about Dixie Chick Natalie Maines falling under the spell of the West Memphis 3 propaganda here after seeing the ‘documentaries’.  Then I posted about the libel lawsuit filed against her by Terry Hobbs here.

To briefly recap after the much-lauded DNA evidence was released and a strand of Terry Hobbs hair was found on one of the victims Maines said in a 2007 rally and I quote…

“he washed his clothes and sheets at odd hours for no other reason than to hide evidence from the crime.”

So basically she said that Terry Hobbs was the killer. For those of you unaware Terry Hobbs is the stepfather of one of the children killed so it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to find a strand of hair on his stepson. Since Terry Hobbs has not been convicted of murder let alone arrested that seems like libel to me.

A federal judge disagrees with me. In his ruling the judge said…

Hobbs couldn’t establish “actual malice”—that Maines knew the statements were false or that she made them with “reckless disregard” of the truth.

So I guess you can claim ignorance of the truth in court and get away with it if you’re famous. Famous but not relevant.

Dixie Chick lawsuit moved to federal court

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Natalie Maines

Arkansas case vs. Dixie Chicks moved to federal court:

The defamation lawsuit against Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks by the stepfather of one of the victims of the West Memphis 3 has been moved to federal court. The case was moved to federal court after Maines’ lawyers said that the parties involved are from different states and the damages being sought exceed $75K.

Her lawyers are also claiming first amendment protection for the statements that Maines made about Terry Hobbs in a 2007 rally. If you’ll recall when the DNA evidence from the crime scene was tested a hair belonging to Hobbs was found. As I’ve said before this neither implicates Hobbs nor exonerates the WM3. However, on her website, Maines basically said that Hobbs was the killer.

In part, she wrote, “he washed his clothes and sheets at odd hours for no other reason than to hide evidence from the crime.”

The last time I checked Terry Hobbs has not been convicted for the murders. That sounds like defamation to me and as we all should know defamation is not protected speech.

I usually find it that it’s scoundrels who try wrapping themselves in the first amendment when they get in hot water.

Dixie Chick sued over WM3 comments

New Lawsuit in West Memphis 3 Case Involves the Dixie Chicks:

Natalie Maines is being sued by the step-father of one of the victims of the West Memphis 3. Back in December of last year Maines announced her support of the West Memphis 3 after seeing the documentaries. She wrote a letter in her website asking for money for their defense fund. It was that letter that has her in hot water.

When the much ballyhooed DNA evidence was released a hair on one of the victims belonged to Terry Hobbs. Hobbs was the step-father of one of the victims. In the letter on Maines’ website she basically stated that Hobbs is the ‘real murderer…

In part, she wrote, “he washed his clothes and sheets at odd hours for no other reason than to hide evidence from the crime.”

Now Hobbs is filing a lawsuit for defamation.

I said this when the DNA evidence was first released, it doesn’t implicate Hobbs and it doesn’t clear the WM3. For her to go out and unequivocally call Hobbs the killer is reckless and stupid.

Dixie Chick supports West Memphis 3

Dixie Chicks Start Defense Fund for Murderers:

Another celebrity has fallen under the spell of the West Memphis 3 propaganda machine but this one isn’t too surprising. Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks is CONVINCED that the WM3 are innocent after seeing the documentaries on them. The sure sign that your cause is doomed is when Natalie Maines signs on. Maines has started a defense fund for the WM3. Like they needed another one because the ones they’ve had so far have worked out really well for them.

Here’s her heartfelt plea…

“I’m writing this letter today because I believe that three men have spent the past 13 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit,” Maines’ message begins.

“On May 5, 1993 in West Memphis, Ark., three 8-year-old boys, Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore were murdered.

“Three teenage boys, Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin were convicted of the murders in 1994. Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley received life sentences without parole, and Damien Echols sits on death row.

“I encourage everyone to see the HBO documentaries, ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Paradise Lost 2’ for the whole history of the case.”

So she sees two movies that have an obvious agenda and she’s convinced the three are innocent. Whatever. Ringing celebrity endorsements haven’t done squat for the WM3 yet. This one won’t either.