"The trial was postponed due to officer not showing up or something like that."
"The trial was continued as there are depositions the defense needs to take before proceeding."
"The persecution got a continuance, I think until 6/20."
Plenty of guesses but are any true?
John Kurtz was scheduled for trial on May 16 in Orlando FL where he faced 6 years in jail for the victimless "crime" of videotaping a cop in public.
May 16 came and went and John Kurtz seemingly disappeared right off the face of the internet.
After a massive show of support from the online freedom community that included publicity posters and videos, emails and tweets and Facebook notes, call floods and in-courtroom support, and even an "I am John Kurtz Support Concert," everything just stopped after May 16.
So what happened on May 16? Did his trial take place? Was he found guilty? Not guilty? Continued? Dropped?
Nobody seemed to know. Or weren't talking.
And that’s a problem. Activism feeds on constant communication. Supporters have to know what’s happening if they’re to be effective at responding to rapidly changing situations. Are protesters needed at the jail, or outside the courtroom, or up the street at a rally? Do media need to be alerted and press releases written? Does pressure need to be repositioned from one pressure point to another?
Beginning May 16 the Libertarian News Examiner began searching the 'net for news about John Kurtz, Googling with keywords like "follow-up" and "latest" and "update."
The most likely "usual suspects" were queried by email, like Orlando Copwatch and Peace, Freedom & Prosperity and Copblock and Tyranny Fighters with its 800-plus freedom activists.
The total blackout of definitive news seemed sinister. This is how conspiracy theories get started.
And, unfortunately, how real police states get started as well.
But therein lies the lesson. Constant communication is the lifeblood of activism. Without it everyone wonders, and waits, and forgets, and all that great heat generated by the initial outpouring of support eventually just blows over and disappears.
And if libertarians ever let that happen everyone could end up asking, "Whatever happened to John Kurtz?" in vain.
(The correct answer to the headline question seems to be, "John Kurtz's trial was rescheduled to June 20th.")