Former Attorney Eric J. Bonetti Requests First Amendment Injunction in Lawsuit Against Episcopal Priest Robert Hiller Malm

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Plaintiff Alleges Alexandria Circuit Court Order Violates First Amendment

Eric Bonetti, a former attorney, has filed a request for an injunction in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging that the Alexandria Circuit Court is violating the First Amendment in an order handed down by judge James Clark, docket CL 20002206. As drafted, the order would prevent Bonetti, a blogger, from publishing any information obtained in discovery, any documents referenced in the case, or any testimony concerning the case involving Episcopal priest Robert Hiller Malm. Pleadings in the case allege that Malm engaged in abuse of process, including committing perjury in previous legal proceedings against the plaintiff.

The federal court pleadings allege that the Defendant made no showing of any affected privacy interests; that defense counsel falsely stated that Bonetti had previously blogged under the names of his siblings; that the order is overbroad; that the ruling lacks a rational basis in law or fact; and the proposed order extends to persons not discussed during the hearing.

As a result, the pleadings allege that the order violates the plaintiff's and the public's First Amendment rights; deprives the public and the community of the opportunity to form their own opinions about the plaintiff's allegations; and denies the plaintiff the due process and equal protection of the laws.

A hearing date has not been set in the matter.

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