Quartzsite activist Jennifer ‘Jade’ Jones claims that an anonymous website which she describes as containing “extreme hateful and non- facts” is actually written by Quartzsite Town Attorney Martin Brannan.
The site, called Quartzsite Bagger, contains many references to Jones, including “Jade, you ignorant s***” with a footnote saying, “Jade may or may not actually be a s***. The Bagger has neither the courage nor the desire to discover for certain.”
It also includes some cartoons, like the below. The first is the infamous photograph of Jones being escorted from a public meeting beside a cartoon of a cow, with the caption ‘Separated at Birth?’, while the second is a reference to the Quartzsite Police Officers Association, made up of the officers who were suspended or fired after making formal allegations against their police chief Jeff Gilbert:
According to a report by KSWT (CBS 13 Yuma), “Jones says Brannan committed cyber bullying aimed at her and other entities using facebook, twitter, thinkatheist.com, and other sites.”
Jones says she discovered the link between Brannan and the site when she saw Brannan’s profile on ThinkAtheist.com, a social networking community of atheists. Listed as his Twitter link was the Quartzsite Bagger Twitter page. That link has now been taken down.
In a press release from her Desert Freedom Press newspaper, Jones says “Evidence of Martin Brannan’s connection to these websites was turned over to the FBI in Phoenix, the Major Crimes Division of DPS, and La Paz County Prosecutor Sam Vederman.”
La Paz County Attorney Sam Vederman says his office has not received an investigation on the matter:
Normally, when someone believes a crime has been committed, law enforcement is contacted and an investigation is conducted. For felony matters, the investigation findings are then provided to this office and this office makes a determination whether charges will be filed. This office has not received an investigation in reference to this matter.
Martin Brannan says he did nothing criminal, without directly denying that the site was his:
Assuming that the FBI and DPS even find grounds to believe that there is criminal conduct requiring an investigation, which I highly doubt, I know that I have engaged in no illegal conduct.
In an apparent First Amendment response to Jones, the author of the site posted this on Monday:
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. Unless Jenny don’t like what you are saying. Then she’ll report you to the FBI and Samantha Vederma’am.
The site can be found here (warning: contains strong language and may offend).