David Milum was angry that his former lawyer wouldn’t return the $3,000 he’d paid before deciding to hire another attorney to handle his DUI case, which was eventually dismissed. So he did what a lot of people do these days when they’ve got complaints: He went online and groused to the world.

But the indefatigable Forsyth County, Ga., political gadfly didn’t just complain that he and his ex-lawyer had disagreed over strategy; instead, he used his Web site — a frequently fiery forum for online commentary in which local officials and personalities are routinely skewered — to accuse the lawyer of paying a local judge $25,000 “for the release of a drug dealer,” and also paying off a federal judge in Florida, according to the Georgia Court of Appeals opinion.

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