A notorious neo-Nazi from Ohio has eluded process services attempting to hold him to account for a “troll storm” harassment campaign against a Jewish real estate agent.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been attempting to sue Andrew Anglin, publisher of The Daily Stormer, for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violations of Montana’s Anti-Intimidation Act.
“Attorneys for the woman suing the Daily Stormer’s neo-Nazi founder still can’t find him,” Mike Hayes of Buzzfeed News reported, after reading the latest court filings. “They’ve been to four Ohio houses listed for him.”
The filings ask for a good faith extension of the time to serve Anglin after the “diligent efforts” of attempting to reach him at four different residences in Franklin County, Ohio.
“Andrew Anglin, proprietor of the Daily Stormer, continues to hide from an SPLC lawsuit filed on April 18, despite a legal defense fund that has raised more than $151,305 in just over a month,” SPLC noted on June 6th. “Even with contributions from 1,912 individuals, Anglin, who constantly alleges spending 18 hours a day on the computer, remains in hiding, penning petulant articles for the Stormer and counting the proceeds generated from his personal victim narrative.”
The SPLC lawsuit is in response to a “troll storm” that Anglin organized against a Jewish real-estate agent in Whitefish, MT.
“In December of 2016, Anglin decided to target Tanya Gersh, a Jewish realtor from Montana,” SPLC reported. “In subsequent articles, Anglin exhorted his followers continually to harass Gersh, as well as members of the Whitefish Jewish community, and local business owners. Anglin’s articles even attacked the realtor’s 12-year old son, including photo-shopped images of the realtor and her son on the entry gate to Auschwitz, and an image of her son being crushed by a Nazi tank. As a result of Anglin’s call to arms, the realtor and her family received over 700 threatening and intimidating anti-Semitic phone calls, voicemails, emails, text messages, social media posts and even harassing Christmas cards, causing the family to consider fleeing Whitefish for their safety and causing significant psychological harm to the realtor.”
“Mr. Anglin’s white nationalist fanatics, operating at his urging and exhortation, answered his call and directed hundreds of anti-Semitic, hateful, harassing communications—including death threats—to Ms. Gersh, her family members, her friends, and her colleagues,” the lawsuit states. “These communications contained countless slurs and threats designed to inflict maximum emotional damage on Ms. Gersh. ‘[O]ven-dodging Christ killer,’ ‘Worthless fuckin kike,’ and ‘slimy jewess,’ appeared among scores of other repugnant epithets.”
The lawsuit alleges that the victim has received medical treatment in response to the organized harassment campaign.
“Ms. Gersh has experienced serious and severe emotional and physical distress as a result of the harassment, for which she has received medical treatment. Ms. Gersh has had panic attacks, goes to bed in tears, wakes up crying, startles easily, feels anxiety and discomfort in crowded places, has had trouble leaving her home, and fears answering her phone,” the lawsuit, filled by former Montana State Auditor John Morrison states. “Ms. Gersh’s physical symptoms include weight gain, joint pain, and hair loss. Overall, she feels like an entirely different person than she did before the troll storm, as though she has been permanently altered.”
There is a history of violence by members of The Daily Stormer internet community.
“Passages from a manifesto written by Dylann Storm Roof, who carried out the massacre of nine black people at Charleston, S.C.’s Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in June 2015, were found almost verbatim in comments made on the Daily Stormer articles by a user calling himself AryanBlood1488,” SPLC reminded. “In March 2017, another reader of the Daily Stormer, James Harris Jackson, allegedly murdered Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old black man, in Manhattan with a 26-inch sword. During an interview from the Rikers Island jail complex, Jackson told the New York Daily News that he spent time on the Daily Stormer interacting with “like-minded people.” He has been charged with murder as a hate crime and terrorism.”
One address connected to Anglin was a residence, two were addresses used to register The Daily Stormer and the final address is where Anglin is registered to vote.
Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, is one of over 40 state election officials refusing to comply with requests from President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
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