During the trial, Harper, his lawyer, told jurors that Generational Equity hired Stanley to scrub negative things about them online. “Do you really think that Generational Equity hired him because they thought he was a choirboy?”
When Stanley got out of prison, he wanted to “undo his past work” for the Dallas company and was “not linking to anything new,” Harper said.
“There are old things that were already on the Internet that Mr. Stanley had helped push down,” Harper told jurors. “This is a man who did bad things for bad people, and now he’s trying to fix it.”
Generational Equity disputes that, saying in a statement issued Friday: “Stanley was contracted in November of 2009 to provide ethical SEO optimization strategies and techniques for GE that abide by all search engine rules and policies.”
Generational Equity said in a lawsuit against Stanley that he created a “negative Internet webpage” in September 2016 about them in which he claimed the company was a “ripoff” and a scam, and that it lied about its success stories and changed its name every two years to fool people.
Heath said in court documents that Stanley engaged in a “sustained, obsessive campaign of harassment” against Generational Equity to destroy its reputation as part of a “personal vendetta.”
Stanley wrote The Dallas Morning News often about his case.
Prosecutors tried to use that to enhance Stanley’s punishment during sentencing, saying he obstructed justice by seeking media attention.
When his legal strategy failed, Stanley found his own ways to protest what he deemed was the violation of his free speech rights.
In addition to the tattoo on his forehead, Stanley had the words, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech,” tattooed on the back of his head.
In May, Stanley wrote a federal judge to say that he was renouncing his U.S. citizenship and requesting “political prisoner status.” He asked for the return of his Romanian resident ID card.
Stanley also complained that his family was being made to suffer for his actions. His sister, Lynn Faust, was arrested by the FBI and prosecuted for helping him with the extortion scheme. She was convicted in 2016 and sentenced to four months in federal prison.
He said officials used her as leverage to get him to plead guilty. And he told The News in emails that agents raided his daughter’s home “because I refused to confess to my crimes.”
Generational Equity also sued his daughter in its lawsuit – he said for no other reason than being related to him. Stanley’s sister also is a defendant in the suit.
The lawsuit claims she gave her father “assistance and/or encouragement in defaming Plaintiff by among other things, providing William Stanley with access to a computer and the Internet.”
The 193-page complaint, filed in May 2017, accuses Stanley of breach of contract and sought a restraining order and injunction against him.