recent Superior Court ruling, West Easton troublemaker Tricia Mezzacappa and her Blog Mentor may soon find themselves charged with criminal harassment. In an August 3 ruling a three-judge panel affirmed a conviction based on a Defendant's Facebook posting that "[Victim] has herpes. Ew, that's gross. She should stop spreading her legs like her mother." The victim in this case was a 15 year-old girl getting ready for her first day of school.
The comment was reported to police, who filed the charges. The Defendant admitted her actions were wrong, but not criminal. Judge Christine L. Donohue disagreed:
"[I]n light of the totality of the evidence, her misuse of the internet and social media was criminal. The evidence of record establishes that Cox posted a statement in dicating that the Victim suffered from a sexually transmitted disease on an online forum, and that this statement was viewed by multiple people. We conclude this is sufficient to support a finding that Cox communicated lewd sentiments about Victim to other people, and an inference that in so doing it was her intent to harass, annoy or alarm Victim."
Tricia Mezzacappa has repeatedly referred to Bethlehem Mayoral hopeful Jim Gregory's ex girlfriend and her mother with similarly disparaging language on Mezzacappa's blog and on the AM airwaves. I will not repeat the language used here. Her Blog Mentor has repeatedly made disgusting, and false, implications about a recently ordained Maronite Catholic priest on his blog.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is a free speech purist, but has authorized criminal prosecutions against Mezzacappa for her venomous attacks against private people, those I call civilians. For example, he approved a complaint after repeatedly bashed and denounced a West Easton Borough Clerk. That poor lady ultimately resigned rather than face Mezzacappa rages. But Mezzacappa was convicted, and a judge told her he does not want to see her before him again.
Gregory's ex girlfriend and her mother are civilians, too. They've already been victimized by a woman beater. Now his wannabe girlfriend is trying to harass her to the point where she'll give up, and stop pursuing contempt charges.
In the meantime, Mezzacappa seeks a continuance of a criminal case pending against her "for medical reasons," but has the time on the day of her scheduled summary trial to be the guest host on Gregory's now mothballed radio show. She obviously has no respect for anyone, not even the Court.