The First Amendment Still Stands for the Internet

You have first amendment rights even on the internet use them – don’t be afraid. It is your life and your child’s life that is at stake!!!!

Johnson v. Boggs, 3:05-CV-00036-JTC (N.D. Ga. 2005)
Parents Will Not Be Arrested Over Website Contents

Grandparents who were unhappy with their treatment by the Department of Family & Children Services (“DFCS”) developed a website in which DFCS employees were discussed. The DFCS employees who were discussed threatened to file lawsuits against the grandparents. They went to the local magistrate judge who issued an order requiring the grandparents to come to court to explain why an “Order of Arrest” should not be granted for “false and malicious statements against [the DFCS worker’s] family.” An Order to Arrest the author of the website was issued.

The ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family and argued that the “Order of Arrest” is an unconstitutional prior restraint, because it chills a person’s speech before they even get a chance to utter a word.

In 2006, the parties ultimately reached an agreement that ensures the client will not be subjected to an order of arrest for his website in the future.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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3 Responses to The First Amendment Still Stands for the Internet

  1. Yvonne, thank you for all that you do to help those fighting that corrupt agency called CPS. You’re going to make a big difference one of these days and it won’t be long either. I feel a change coming on. Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing much lately. That’s going to change though. I’ve posted a few of yours and have others to publish tonight. I appreciate you letting me repost them and I always provide a link to your site. You’re wonder woman. I’m so proud to be your friend.


    • yvonnemason says:

      You are welcome my friend, I am so sorry you are having a rough time. I have missed your emails. Yes, there is a change a coming. In fact probably faster than anyone thinks. I have been blasting this blog in several other places. The hits have doubled and I have really ticked of a lot of people. So I know we are being heard. Hang in there.


  2. I’ve missed you too, Yvonne. I’ve just had so much going on lately and I stay so sleepy all day long cos of the change of medications. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow to get the dosage changed so I can be more awake and really work on my emails and blog. The thing is, sometimes I have to take a break from it. I’m still not quite ready to hit it hard and heavy but I’m getting there. Even if it’s just 5 or 6 new posts, I’m going to do it every single day. IF I can stay awake, lol. I’ll send you an email tonight explaining what’s going on. I’d rather not do that on a public forum. I will talk to you soon!


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