Scott Bloch threatens to sue his critics (Photos)
(JULIA DAVIS) My articles about disgraced former head of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Scott Bloch appear to be a thorn in his side. In an attempt to erase them from the Internet, Bloch is brazenly threatening to sue the webmasters featuring links to my reports. In February of 2013, Bloch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of injury to government property, related to his hiring of technicians with “Geeks On Call” to conduct the 7-level memory wipe of the computers at the OSC’s office, deleting whistleblower complaints and related computer files.
Years earlier, on April 27, 2010 Bloch pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress and received a 30-day prison sentence. Hundreds of whistleblowers, whose lives and careers were destroyed because of Bloch’s betrayal of the OSC’s stated mission, were frustrated by such a light sentence. However, they were in for a shock when Bloch was not only granted a law license (because the staff of a DC court allegedly “didn’t notice that he is under criminal investigation by the FBI”), but also avoided serving a single day in prison. His legal wrangling was aided and abetted by government prosecutors and a federal judge. In August 2011, Chief U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth allowed Bloch to withdraw his guilty plea.
Bloch’s ability to continue manipulating the system to his advantage might account for his utter lack of humility or remorse. While he apparently believes that the public is looking for a good opportunity to “kill all the lawyers,” on his Facebook page he threatens to “kill you first, with professional excellence, wit and winning ways.”
Bloch is currently attempting to use the said wit to eradicate my articles about him from online circulation by sending out threatening letters on his law firm’s letterhead. He is especially fond of the word “falsehoods,” stating in relevant part, “I direct your attention to the attached which contain falsehoods, cast me in defamatory light. They contain numerous falsehoods, intentional and gratuitous swipes at me and my tenure as Special Counsel that are false and defamatory, demonstrating actual malice. It continues to stand on the internet with its falsehoods. I write to demand that you remove these articles and blogs about me and my time as Special Counsel immediately. This is harmful to my professional reputation as a lawyer… Your demeaning personal attacks impute to me qualities that tend to injure me in my business… If you choose to ignore this and not remove the materials from your internet site and blogs and all caches, I will be forced to sue for an injunction and to seek damages… I will institute an action in Virginia and in Washington, D.C. against you for defamation and actual malice, together with damages and punitive damages. I will also seek damages for civil conspiracy to harm my business… If I determine through discovery that you have worked with others to do this, I will join them as well.”
As an attorney and a public figure who pleaded guilty to criminal activities that had an impact on numerous third parties, Bloch has to be aware that free speech he’s attempting to suppress is protected by law.
“Anyone can threaten defamation litigation as a bullying tactic, but opinion is legally protected and truth is a complete defense. The irony that underlies Scott Bloch‘s hard-lined tactics against anyone who seeks to remind the public of the criminal acts he committed while a public servant who was tasked with protecting individual rights further evidences the disgrace he brought upon his office,” said Mark S. Zaid, a prominent Washington, D.C. attorney who frequently represents whistleblowers in high profile cases.
Anyone except for Mr. Bloch would likely realize that his professional reputation is impugned by his own disgraceful behavior as the former head of the OSC. While Bloch is concerned about his business, who is there to restore lives and careers of countless whistleblowers harmed during his tenure? Incidentally, these aggrieved truth-tellers have a chance to have their voices heard during Mr. Bloch’s upcoming sentencing on May 13, 2013. They can (and by all means should)submit victim impact statements for consideration in his criminal case.
Victim impact statements should bear the following subject line: USA v. Scott Bloch, 1:13-CR-5-RLW. Limit your submission solely to your individual whistleblower complaint and refrain from mentioning third parties or including identifying information pertaining to others, such as their names, addresses, etc. Submit your victim impact statement by mailing it to the following address:
Judge Robert L. Wilkins
RE: Victim Impact Statement in USA v. Scott Bloch, 1:13-CR-5-RLW
333 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
While Mr. Bloch is busy writing threatening letters to anyone who dares to discuss his activities as a former Special Counsel, whistleblowers should take this opportunity to address his wrongdoing from their point of view. Government prosecutors are not going to do it for you, as they want Bloch to walk away with mere probation. If you disagree, speak now or forever hold your peace. The choice is yours.