Yesterday was not what I expected. I guess I expected some sincerity in these words, “…Range does not seek a deposition based on Ms. Wilson’s writing on her blog.” I can’t offer an excuse for my naive expectations.
Here is the Sharon Wilson rough breakdown on my deposition topics:
- 90% writings on my blog
- 6% the Range/Lipsky case
- 2% my work and marital history
- 1% my royalties
- 1% PSYOPS (thank you for asking)
Had the words in the letter been true, the deposition would have lasted about an hour rather than six.
I suspect that we are seeing the Fracking Mafia* template for intimidating affected landowners and opposition going forward. If they are successful, this method will be used again.
I have been incredibly lucky because I found an attorney, Scott McLain, who helped me pro bono. Scott spent many hours working on my case and twice traveled from McAllen to North Texas. The time Scott spent working on my case, he was not earning a living for is family or paying the expenses on his practice or enjoying time with his family. I am deeply grateful.
I am also grateful that Earthworks raised funds to help pay for Scott’s travel expenses.
Can you imagine what might have happened if Scott had not stepped up to help me? How can a regular person defend themselves against a billion dollar corporation?
I can’t imagine how much Range has spent on me with all the attorneys and intel/surveillance and presentation and murdered trees and… It’s unimaginable. Maybe they should cut down on frivolous spending. I’m sure the shareholders would appreciate that.
I’m not sure what comes next. When I get the transcript, I will count how many times the word defamation was used. If they decide to sue me, at least then my attorneys can get a pay check.
* In all past references and in all references going forward the use of the term mafia, when applied to this industry, references the 2nd usage for the word from the Merriam Webster Dictionary. I looked it up ages ago.