Again, from my limited knowledge of the law, I don't believe a law was broken. If you know more, then please post it.
To Free and Bobk,
I've been doing some research on the legality of the attack posts made against Sara (a resident of Oregon at the time).
Here's Oregon's State law on Harassment :
Oregon State Law § 166.065 Harassment
(1) A person commits the crime of harassment if the person intentionally:
(a) Harasses or annoys another person by:
. . .
(B) Publicly insulting such other person by abusive words . . . in a
manner intended and likely to provoke a violent response . . .
(2)(a) A person is criminally liable for harassment if the person knowingly permits any telephone or electronic device under the persons control to be used in violation of
subsection (1) of this section.
(3) Harassment is a Class B misdemeanor [a crime - involving possible jail time].
Besides the person(s) doing the harassing, there seems to be section (2)(a) that can make the Internet Provider criminally liable, if they "knowingly" allow one of their clients to act in
a harassing manner. This is where informing them can stop future violations.
I've also dug up the involved internet provider: Charter Communications/Cable TV in Lakeview, OR. I plan on calling them with addition information to see if one or more people were involved. From what I know presently, they use "dynamic" IP addresses, which means the people using a specific IP address can indeed change (but it isn't necessarily a requirement). "Static" IP addresses are assigned to specific customers.
Perhaps more later. It's late and time to hit the hay.
customers, but that is irrelevant in this situation (as far as I know so far).