Lawyers can­not find Neo-nazi site's founder

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

In April, a Mon­tana woman sued the pub­lisher of a lead­ing neo-Nazi web­site for or­ches­trat­ing an anti-Semitic on­line trolling cam­paign against her fam­ily. Nearly three months later, her at­tor­neys are still try­ing to find him. A court fil­ing Fri­day by lawyers from the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter claims The Daily Stormer's founder, An­drew Anglin, is "ac­tively con­ceal­ing his where­abouts" and hasn't been served with Tanya Gersh's fed­eral law­suit. Gersh's at­tor­neys are ask­ing for more time to find Anglin so the case won't be tem­po­rar­ily dis­missed.

The suit claims anony­mous in­ter­net trolls bom­barded Gersh's fam­ily with hate­ful and threat­en­ing mes­sages after Anglin pub­lished their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in a post ac­cus­ing her and other Jewish res­i­dents of White­fish, Mon­tana, of en­gag­ing in an "ex­tor­tion racket" against the mother of white na­tion­al­ist Richard Spencer. Gersh's law­suit said she agreed to help Spencer's mother sell com­mer­cial prop­erty she owns in White­fish amid talk of a protest out­side the build­ing. Sherry Spencer, how­ever, later ac­cused Gersh of threat­en­ing and ha­rass­ing her into agree­ing to sell the prop­erty.

Gersh's lawyers from the Alabama-based law cen­ter say her suit must be dis­missed on pro­ce­dural grounds if Anglin isn't served with a copy of it by July 17, but the court can ex­tend that dead­line. The law cen­ter's lawyers said they have looked for him at four ad­dresses in Franklin County, Ohio, for which he ap­par­ently has a con­nec­tion. Gersh's at­tor­neys say they also tried in vain to con­tact Anglin's Las Ve­gas-based at­tor­ney, Marc Ran­dazza, and con­firm that he is au­tho­rized to ac­cept service of the law­suit on Anglin's be­half.

Ran­dazza ques­tioned whether the lawyers' re­quest for a dead­line ex­ten­sion is a "stunt." "If they can't serve him, I ques­tion whether they are ac­tu­ally try­ing," Ran­dazza told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day. "We're go­ing to de­fend (against) the case."

The suit ac­cuses Anglin of in­vad­ing Gersh's pri­vacy, in­ten­tion­ally in­flict­ing "emo­tional dis­tress" and vi­o­lat­ing a Mon­tana anti-in­tim­i­da­tion law. Anglin's site takes its name from Der St√ºrmer, a news­pa­per that pub­lished Nazi pro­pa­ganda. The site in­cludes sec­tions called "Jewish Prob­lem" and "Race War." The Daily Stormer used a crowd­fund­ing web­site, WeSearchr, to raise more than $152,000 in do­na­tions from nearly 2,000 con­trib­u­tors to help pay for Anglin's le­gal ex­penses. Anglin didn't im­me­di­ately re­spond to an email seek­ing com­ment Fri­day.

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