Note: The prosecuting attorney has dismissed all charges against Darren Meade as part of the ongoing saga related to Tracey Richter (updated July 17, 2015). No charges were filed against Ripoff Report or any of its owners or employees.
It is reported that Darren Meade is alleged to have published the harassing and defamatory accusations about State’s witnesses at the direction of Tracey Richter and Anna Richter, Tracey Richter’s mother, by posting them as ‘complaints’ on www.ripoffreport.com. It is suspected that Darren Meade had hoped to use these defamatory postings to collect money from those defamed by charging them and other customers for the removal of such slanderous postings on the website.
Below are some of the quotes taken from the Search Warrant Affidavit submitted by SAC County attorney to obtain evidentiary items that were in the possession of Anna Richter. It is believed that such information and evidence is now being used to file charges of conspiracy in connection with the 2011 murder trial of Tracey Richter, who was the ex-wife of one of Ripoff Report’s most vocal critics – Michael Roberts:
"The significance of ... statement made to Darren Meade here cannot be understated, as it and other information discussed in this affidavit demonstrates that Ripoff Report and Darren Meade know the anonymous authors publishing add-on complaints and rebuttals to Darren Meade’s Ripoff Report complaints, including Ripoff Report Complaint No. 938843.”
“On September 9, 2012, Darren Meade published Ripoff Report Complaint No. 938843, which purports to be the results of his investigation into the corruption surrounding Tracey Richter's criminal prosecution and conviction, but which is nothing more than Darren Meade's and Ripoff Report’s efforts to harass and defame the State's witnesses in retaliation for their testimony against Tracey Richter.”
“Darren Meade published Ripoff Report Complaint No. 938843 as a "featured" Ripoff Report complaint, which is advertised conspicuously on each of Ripoff Report’s approximate 1.8 million complaint pages. Darren Meade’s own admissions that www.ripoffreport.com is viewed "a couple million times a day," since complaint No. 938843 was published and featured (September 9, 2012), it is has been viewed over 1.2 BILLION times.”
“The changes made by Ripoff Report administrators to the duplicated article's sub-heading / title and URL serve no purpose except to increase the damage done to Michael Roberts. The extra emphasis on Michael Roberts' personal name and business name in both the sub-heading / title and more conspicuously, in the URL, is clearly an attempt by Ripoff Report to use generally accepted "Search Engine Optimization" techniques in order to persuade Google and other search engines to elevate this Ripoff Report complaint in search results for Michael Roberts' name.”
“Darren Meade also testified that he and Adam Zuckerman hired a number of people to dig up and publish defamatory information about Dr. Scott Connelly and another individual adverse to their criminal organization, with the intent to "destroy [their businesses and reputations] and make it so [they] were unable to have gainful employment."
Darren: Your threats of a lawsuit for defamation as a result of posts on the internet are kind of ironic, don't you think?
You would think you might understand the law of defamation on the internet given your background. let me address your specific points directly.
"I have never met Tracey Richter. I have never talked to Tracey Richter. I have never been to her home or conducted any meetings with her."
Where does the post say you did? You understand that defamation requires false statements of fact. Usually it is the 'false' element which can be tricky. In your case, you seem to fail to appreciate that someone has to have made the statement you complain about.
"Furthermore, I was not personally called or emailed about these allegations. TraverseLegal Attorney and Advisors chose to publish this story without any direct communication or contact with me."
Feel free to contact us or comment on this thread. However, we are merely reporting on an official report, that being the Search Warrant Affidavit submitted by SAC County attorney. The fair reporting privilege allows us to report what is contained in the affidavit since it complies with the following guidelines..
Your source is an official public document or statement by a public official on a matter of public concern;
You properly attribute the information to that source; and
You fairly and accurately portray the information from the document or statement.
Posted by: Traverse Legal, PLC | November 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM
DISAVOWED: Darren M Meade Responds To Allegations By TraverseLegal Attorney and Advisors That He Committed Fraud, Witness Intimidation and Other Flaming Aspersions.
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DISAVOWED: Darren M Meade Responds To Allegations That He Worked With Adam Zuckerman, Edited Ripoff Reports, With An Emphasis on Michael Roberts Rexxfield and other flaming aspersions as published by TraverseLegal Attorney and Advisors.
These allegations are denied; neither Darren M. Meade, or any of advocates have anything to do with the with the patently false allegations in the 120 page search warrant written by Michael Roberts Rexxfield and Sac County Iowa Attorney Ben Smith in regards to http://traceyrichter.com.
Furthermore, I do not condone the publication of fictitious complaints about ANY organization, even those that support Michael Roberts Rexxfield.com My advocacy is legitimate and factual protected free speech, it is also effective, we do not need to embellish the activities with lies as Michael Roberts and TravereLegal Attorney and Advisors have done with this post.
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I have never met Tracey Richter. I have never talked to Tracey Richter. I have never been to her home or conducted any meetings with her.
In or around April of 2011, I was threatened with arrest if I set foot in Iowa under the false pre-tense I attempted to interfere with the murder investigation of Dustin Wehde. It was while investigating that I learned of the relationship between Michael Roberts, and Sac County Attorney Ben Smith. I was threatened with arrest before the Tracey Richter murder trial and even before she was arrested. I continued to research the story, like I would with any investigative reporting.
“There was no litigation in this matter, or statements taken from anyone in our office. The player was represented by the MLBPA, and hired independent counsel to aid in his defense. MLB and the MLBPA then worked out a settlement. We were not a party to those negotiations. Anyone curious about the counsel we gave our client should examine the statement that Ramirez gave the media following his settlement. Ramirez admitted use, and did not offer a legal defense.
Furthermore, I was not personally called or emailed about these allegations. TraverseLegal Attorney and Advisors chose to publish this story without any direct communication or contact with me.
Posted by: Darren Mitchell Meade | November 15, 2014 at 01:51 AM