I have avoided publishing anything on a permanent internet site, from the first encounter with Winter in 1990, until now. The reason that I now publish this is that, even after his humiliating defeat in this lawsuit, it appears that Mr Winter is beyond learning, and is literally living for the cause of defamation. For over ten years, I felt it was necessary to give allowances for a person simply mislead. Now, I feel it is necessary to answer the charges formally, and regularly, so as to eliminate the time wasted to respond privately to interested parties, and to provide an example to others who would likewise be amazed at the level of attack that can come from such an individual. I truly believe that, as the church begins to use communication tools effectively, the adversary will put more and more people with the same kind of character in the way. We must know how to deal with this type of attack openly and without apology.
Did the failure of justice in the OJ case make OJ less
of a murderer?
Is Mark Bassett less of a liar, less of an heretic, less of a reprobate than a few hours ago?
Is the case really closed?
posted 8/25/2003 9:03OM on alt.religion.christian.pentecostal
While I will not discuss
any details I want to give God the glory and praise for providing me with one of
the best if not the best lawyer in this area. I also request the prayers of all
real Christians that the Lord Jesus would guide us and continue to mightily
bless our efforts for truth and a legal endeavor we are involved in.
Regards, Pastor Winter
(From: Pastor Steve Winter (steveNOSPAM@prime.org) Subject: Prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ Newsgroups: alt.christnet.public, alt.religion.christian, alt.religion.christian.presbyterian, misc.education.home-school.christian, alt.religion.christian.calvary-chapel, alt.christnet, alt.religion.christian.pentecostal Date: 2002-04-18 17:01:23 PST)
Last Friday, August 22, 2003, the Federal Court of the Middle District of North Carolina, published the conclusion of the case, dismissing ALL the defendants who were ever legitmately served in this silly abuse of the legal system by Mr Winter.
Lets look at some interesting and notable excerpts from the closing memorandums:
The undersigned is blamed in
Fourth Cause of Action (ISPs - Knowingly Allow Abuse of Service), and Fifth
Cause of Action (Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices). However, the Plaintiff's
claim fails to distinguish between responses to his own religious speech, to
which it is conceivable that negative reactions may occur by nature of religious
speech, and alleged trade-related actions. Plaintiff Winter engages in
inflammatory conduct as an individual in the internet, but claims that alleged
reactions to his personal communication, which he conducted as an individual and
not as a representative of Plaintiff Sellcom, harmed his business interests. No
defendant interacting with Plaintiff Winter relating to the inflammatory
religious issues on the internet could have known that he was at risk of being
accused of Unfair Trade Practices, and most of the defendants named in the
Fourth Cause of Action could not have "allowed abuse of service" as averred in
paragraph 45. IN other words, Defendants are alleged to have harmed Plaintiff
Sellcom, when to the best of the undersigned's knowledge, the defendants had no
contact with, nor significant knowledge of Plaintiff Sellcom, when interacting
with Plaintiff Winter.
It is notable that Sellcom may be thought to have suffered damage as a result of Winter's interactions, but, as Sellcom's proprietor, Winter is responsible for negative attitudes developed towards him, and also to his business activity, unless he kept his business activity a secret from any persons who might have witnessed his controversial activity, and developed attitudes independently. Moreover, Plaintiff Winter was never deprived of the choice of how to best protect the interests of Sellcom. The Plaintiff and Plaintiff's attorney must have known, when preparing the complaint for presentation to the court, that accusing defendants of violations of trade-related statues harming a business entity after "baiting" adversaries with religious arguments on the non-commercial Usenet as an individual would result in an improperly motivated presentation to the Court.
In the Second Cause of Action (Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress) and the Third Cause of Action (Defamation) the Plaintiffs allege defamatory, hurtful communications on the part of the defendants Bassett, Sachs, Schidell, Adams, Buehler, Cousert, Klein, Ratcliffe, Hayes, Miller, Moon, Mccaskey, Gwynn, Boggs, Engle, gospelcom.net, and Yahoo. However, examination of the archived content of Usenet interactions, where the Plaintiff's religious speech takes place, and where the alleged offences are supposed to have arisen, and examination of website published and maintained by Plaintiff Winter reveals that Plaintiff Winter's own communication contains very large amounts of communication of the very same nature, as he alleges has hurt him. For the Plaintiff to bring claims before the Court, while fully knowing that a discovery process will immediately reveal his own frequent and regular defamatory actions against numerous of the Defendants, from which he seeks relief in his complaints, and many others, cannot be considered without inferring an effort on the part of the Plaintiffs' and Plaintiffs' attorney to increase the cost of litigation without ultimately demonstrating activity on the part of defendants, that he has not more frequently, and more harmfully engaged in himself.
Footnotes from quotes that appeared above:
 For example, the following very brief excerpts are reproduced from http://groups.google.com where Usenet posts are archived. This archive contains 9, 750 publications by Plaintiff Winter between June 1997 and the present date. Though the quality does not differ from earlier contributions, all of the following examples were published by Mr. Winter since the filing of this complaint on April 15, 2002: "Raymond Knapp is a reprobate spiritual slut trying to put himself over as 'Oneness missionary' in Hong Kong" - 5/27/2002 "Let all real Christians join me in prayer that the Lord would bring down the pompous, pride engorged elders in the UPCI that are responsible for Mark Bassett being licensed to preach. The ignorant dimbulb Robert D. Taylor sold his soul for the approval of the reprobate Mark Bassett!" - 5/26/2002 "Jim and his wife are among the more malicious of the whackos." - 5/25/2002 "Some out here might remember fruitcake William Price as he would go back and forth between trinity and oneness every week or so. Trying to play preacher".- 5/24/2002 "Robert Taylor is a liar." -5/23/2002 "Real Oneness Christians are not cowards like Jim. Consider his opinion of equal value with any other anon trash on USENET." - 5/23/2002 "Sometimes the hypocrisy of these filth like Rochelle astounds me." - 5/22/2002 "See what the little false-christian scum William Price knowingly endorses." - 5/22/2002 "Mark Bassett would simply be pitiable in his lunacy; but my greatest concern is if someone seeking God could end up in a church with a reprobate loonie like Bassett behind the pulpit. I refer people on occasion to [United Pentecostal] Churches, people like Mark Bassett make that somewhat scary!" - 5/19/2002 note: Defendant Bassett is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church, and a pastor. "I guess my sermon made the devil and his filth mad, GOOD! Russell Vaughn Howard, you are a lying piece of reprobate trash." - 5/11/2002 "Presbyterians are trinity filth who have been making headlines for their sub-canine morals for some time now" - 5/6/2002 "Of course Mr. Bassett who Robert Taylor supports and endorses teaches the 'automarriage' doctrine." - 5/5/2002 - note, here the Plaintiff makes one of many condemnatory claims, which defendant Bassett has specifically objected to and complained of for a period of years. Nevertheless the Plaintiff makes such statements regularly, plainly for the purpose of defamation. These examples are a very, very small sample of the nature of communication that the Plaintiff has been publishing for several years.
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ... Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.Mr Winter should NOW be thanking God that the defendants were not driven to even ANSWER the complaints which he originated, for the resulting discovery - a process that HE DESIRED, would have certainly taken from him whatever remaining sense of security he has. Perhaps we will have a few more comments after some time to more completely evaluate these closing comments of the court.
This is a 2/21/98 public post by Mark Bassett in which he makes various
admissions regarding his harassment/stalking campaign from iconn.net
including his admission to accessing my 14 year old daughter's computer.
This has, of course, been FAXed to the Police Dept.
It appears that the UPCI has a real stench in their leadership in the state
UPC, please curb your dog.
From: email@example.com (Mark Bassett)
Subject: Re: Criminal complaint filed against Mark Bassett.
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 14:59:38 GMT
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On Sat, 21 Feb 1998 00:59:03 -0500, Michael Maturen
>I have sent personal e-mail to Steve condemning his hateful spirit
>toward you, AND toward trinitarians such as myself. I appreciate the
>views of oneness believers (in fact, I would like to study them more
>closely). However, Steves approach is one of meanness, vitrile and
>hatred...certainly NOT the love that Christ commands.
>I, in fairness, must also condemn (this is perhaps, in your situation,
>too harsh a word) your actions in this matter. I realize that you began
>by simply dfending yourself against slanderous remarks. This is
My goodness, thanks for the private mail, Michael! I so appreciate
people who do their correction in public.
You all DO realize, don't you, that Winter prohibits private
communication, which would be approriate? I certainly hope there is no
concept that anyone enjoys any of this. I don't. Period.
While I'm here writing a usenet message, which I have little stomache for, maybe no one else noticed but some idiot wrote a criminal note on usenet in the last few days indicating that there was sex abuse. I believe this was very wrong and want to express it without mentioning it publically. I guess my ideas are REALLY whacked out compared with the rest of these geniuses. I found Winter's IRC channel (which I suspect he cheated on the attedance requirements of using clones to populate the channel for the visit bots to count). Since his client is set to ignore me (related to an imaginary complaint the loon imagines that he filed at the police department), I simply messaged one the clones.
The text of the message that I supposedly harrassed his "daughter" with is as follows: (I am (some would doubt) "Seeinghim")
*** Log file opened: 2/20/98 02:53:06 PM
Acolyte is on IRC
*** Log file closed: 2/20/98 03:03:37 PM
Of course this justified this person in luring people out of the sane channels, comdemning our activity, slandering me, and so on and so forth.. Come on, he lives for this.
And, frankly I don't care what he complains about. His agenda is to do damage to the reputation of other people, and particularly the church where he couldnt play his guitar as loud as he wanted, and who didnt throw roses all over him and give him the pulpit when he complained about everyone and everything.
I also dont care what anyone says about my doctrine, or how many harrassment accusations follow. The right way to deal with a depraved individual like that is to pray for them, which perhaps will result in legal or institutional restraint.