More Details on the Capital Gazette Shooting

After the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, the left held its breath as is typical in the hopes that they might finally get a “right wing gun nut” they could blame the shooting on.

The stakes were higher than typical because Trump and Trump supporters have been stepping up their attacks on the media after the media circulated what is largely a hoax about Trump kidnapping and jailing illegal immigrant children in concentration camps. The obvious hope by the left was that they would be able to claim that Trump caused the shootings to happen through his criticism of the media (which would also in turn be used to justify further violence against Trump supporters)

This is unlikely to happen now, as the shooter has been revealed as a lunatic with a specific grudge against this newspaper, which wrote an unflattering article about him in July 2011:

A Twitter account matching Ramos name with a location of Laurel, Maryland, includes years of tweets railing against Capital Gazette and includes details of a yearslong legal dispute with the company.

According to an unreported 2015 opinion filed in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Ramos pleaded guilty to criminal harassment in July 2011. Five days later, an article about the case appeared in The Capital, one of Capital Gazette’s publications. The story detailed accusations by a woman who said Ramos harassed her online and off for months, calling her employer and trying to get her fired. The woman eventually went to the police and Ramos pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of harassment in 2011.

The Twitter account that matches Ramos’ name began tweeting about Capital Gazette several months after the conviction.

In July 2012, Ramos filed suit against Capital Gazette for defamation, according to the 2015 court filing. The complaint was just four paragraphs long, but Ramos filed a longer 22-page claim several months later.

In 2012, a judge dismissed the lawsuit on the basis that “there is absolutely not one piece of evidence, or an assertion by you that the statement [in the article] was false.”

The media will still pore over this guy’s life in the hopes of finding some way to prove he is a “right wing gun nut,” but my expectation is the story will quickly be memory holed like the Steve Scalise shooting once it becomes clear the story isn’t politically useful.


Written by Doomberg

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