Leroy Thorpe does not take criticism well, and he uses the courts to bully critics. He sued the previous owner of this web site (and also MPD Lt. Michael A. Smith and Mayor Anthony Williams) but the lawsuit failed, because everything on the web site was true. Last year Thorpe initiated a lawsuit against Shaw resident, activist, and Convention Center Community Association president Martin Moulton. The lawsuit began with a complaint seeking a temporary restraining order against Martin Moulton, and escalated to a lawsuit for $20 million. The lawsuit was dismissed "with prejudice" in September 2010. "With prejudice" means that none of the accusations in the case can be brought up in court again, even with new evidence. Thorpe's lawsuit was a complete and utter failure.
Because all of Thorpe's allegations were baseless, Thorpe got none of what he was asking the court for. Not one thin dime. The only thing he gained was another criminal conviction added to his record, this time for calling 911 and lying to the Metropolitan Police Department dispatcher when he falsely told the MPD 911 operator that he had a stay away order against Martin Moulton. This was an utter waste of MPD resources, having officers respond to his home to document the false report. And, ironically, after his initial arrest, and for the full the course of his criminal case, Thorpe was ordered under terms of his bond by a DC Superior Court Judge to stay away from Moulton or risk additional criminal conviction.
This lawsuit was probably filed in the hope that Martin Moulton would just buckle under the expense of litigation and agree to pay Thorpe off and agree not criticize him any more, in exchange for Thorpe dropping the case. If this was Thorpe's aim, then he failed in that respect as well.
The lawsuit did leave Moulton with some sizeable legal bills. Unfortunately in our judicial system, it is easy for people to file malicious lawsuits that they know they cannot win, and leave the defendant with the costs of fending off the malicious lawsuit.
Seriously, is Thorpe the sort of person you would want representing you and your family?
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