I Stood Up to a Bully and Others Are Standing With Me
By Robert Haugh
When I I got sued by Miles Barber, I wasn’t sure what to do. I currently have no income and few resources to fight a lawsuit. I’m writing Santa Clara News Online and offering my opinions about public events because I love my community and local reporting. I don’t have advertisers or sponsors. But I knew I had to fight back, because Miles Barber, by filing a frivolous lawsuit to retaliate against criticism, is using bullying tactics. It’s taken a toll on me personally and professionally.
But I turned to the community, and the community responded. Fundraising has done well. We still have a little way to go to reach our $10k goal, but enough money has come in that I’ve been able to retain legal counsel.
In addition to over 60 contributions from community members and supporters, I’ve received help from two local organizations – The Santa Clara Police Officers Association and the The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League. I want to disclose their help because I’m grateful and I want to be open about the help I receive. I have their permission to disclose their support of my legal defense.
Thanks to the overwhelming support from the Santa Clara community, I’ve retained Kenneth White as counsel. Mr. White is one of the founding partners of Southern California’s Brown White & Osborn LLP. He is one of the best First Amendment and anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) attorneys in the country. He’s handled an array of SLAPP complaints and has a remarkable record in defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He believes in the cause.
White was Special Counsel at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (2003-2005); an Associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (2001-2003); Assistant to the United States Attorney, Central District of California, Criminal Division, Government Fraud and Public Corruption Section (1995-2001).
His education includes Harvard Law School (J.D., 1994, cum laude); Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal on Legislation (1993-94); Stanford University (B.A., Political Science, 1991, Departmental Honors).
I feel good that I have on my side the principles of freedom, the protection of the law, an outstanding lawyer and the wonderful community.