Pa. man fights order to nix Psycho Ex Wife blog

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Pennsylvania man is appealing a family court judge’s order to shut down a blog that discusses his ex-wife.

In June, Judge Diane Gibbons ordered Anthony Morelli to remove the blog, The Psycho Ex Wife, saying, according to “The Today Show,” the site went “beyond ‘venting’ to ‘outright cruelty.’”

“Your children are being hurt because you are bad mouthing the woman they love in public,” the judge said during a custody hearing concerning Morelli’s two sons. “Should I put them with the man who is publicly browbeating their mother?”

In a news release, Morelli’s attorney, Kevin Handy, called Gibbons’ order “a classic example of an overly broad and unenforceable prior restraint on free speech.” Handy added that the order “clearly prohibits speech that is protected by the First Amendment.”