C. Defendants’ version of events makes little sense.
Defendants’ position is riddled with illogic.
The Sotos law firm acknowledges that they were monitoring the Plaintiff’s MCSD Exposed website on a daily basis and Plaintiff knew this by means of a program called Site Meter (Z. Seipler, Tr. 398), which disclosed Sotos’ IP address and law firm’s daily observations of Mr. Seipler’s website.
Consequently, Mr. Seipler was aware that the Sotos firm was aggressively monitoring a website that was generated from Plaintiff’s home computer and he could identify the firm’s IP address as well.
Plaintiff was also aware that the Defendants had available the services of a computer forensic expert, then-Sergeant Pyle, who made no secret of his hatred for Mr. Seipler. FN7 (Seipler TR. at 340.)
Zane knew that, as a computer forensic expert (Z. Seipler, Tr., 340, 554), Pyle knew how to access Mr. Seipler’s computer and track his internet uploads and IP address.
Lastly, Mr. Seipler profoundly knew that Sheriff Nygren would use any and all means to attack and damage Mr. Seipler.
After all, the Sheriff had
- [taken] Zane’s job away,
- criminally prosecuted him,
- threatened Zane by telling him to be sure that he has “good life insurance,” (Z. Seipler, Tr. 595)
- falsifying racial profiling studies, and
- appealing Zane’s termination at every possible level, from arbitration to the Illinois Supreme Court. [sic]
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FN6 Mr. Sotos admits that he did not suspect Mr. Horwitz of wrong doing but asserted that Mr. Horwitz engaged in wrong doing (Sotos Tr., 1041).
FN7 Pyle maintained a website called the AntiWoodstock Advocate, where he widely disseminated his displeasure with Mr. Seipler with a repeatedly-posted obscene message directed at the Plaintiff, which read “Fuck You, Fuck You, Fuck You.” (Seipler TR. at 467, 622.)
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Part 11 tomorrow.