Catherine Crier Takes a Dallas "John Doe" to Court Over ... Her Wikipedia Page
Yesterday in Dallas County District Court, Crier and her attorney -- Joe Kendall, himself a former federal judge -- filed this lawsuit against a thus-far unknown John Doe who, they allege, has been using a Richardson-based ISP to post nasty things about Crier on her Wikipedia page. Among the things this man or woman has posted, according to the lawsuit: Crier's been a murder suspect, a shoplifter, she's served jail time, she's been disbarred -- none of which are true. Turns out, Crier knows where these scurrilous factoids came from: a 2007 Dallas Morning News story about ... attorney Catherine Shelton, about whom we've written plenty.
Crier says the John Doe knowingly changed the names, and, as a result, she's suffered "public hatred, contempt, and ridicule," and that the Wiki entry "impeached [her] honesty, integrity, virtue, and reputation." Hence, her demand for damages including "lost wages, emotional distress and mental anguish." I filed a similar suit after seeing the 2006 Robin Williams movie Man of the Year, in which Crier has a small role.