Controversial blogger Gordon Warren is in hot water again – and this time he could be going to jail.
Businessmen brothers Sandy and Robert Shindleman filed a motion in court this week, accusing Warren of breaching terms of an injunction ordering him not to blog about them.
The motion states that Warren’s continued postings are proof that he should be found in contempt of court.
The Shindlemans state that Warren should be punished with a six-month stint in jail and his computer should be seized. The court motion states that Warren should be jailed, "not only as a deterrent to himself, but a deterrent to likeminded people."
The motion will be heard June 11.
The Shindlemans obtained an injunction against Warren on April 8, as part of their defamation suit against him.
It’s alleged that Warren breached the injunction by continuing to post on his blog by linking the brothers’ business activities to an alleged criminal conspiracy involving Mayor Sam Katz and other local business people.
The posts are no longer available on Warren’s blog.
Warren said he feels that certain members of the legal community and judiciary have already convicted him as a criminal.
"My free speech was hijacked because certain people didn’t like what I was saying," Warren said.
Warren said he removed the controversial posts from his blog when he was unable to obtain a legal opinion if the injunction was retroactive. That happened before this week’s move by the Shindlemans, he added.
Last week, another firm obtained an injunction against Warren. The court ordered Warren not to post any blogs about Direct Focus Marketing Communications, its owner and employees.
The marketing firm and its employees are also suing Warren for defamation related to comments he made about their involvement in an advertising campaign to support the sale of John Blumberg golf course and a 20-year lease for four other civic courses.
The campaign appeared to be spearheaded by an independent community group calling itself Responsible Winnipeg, but it turned out the group was the creation of one of Katz’ political advisory bodies.