I live in Florida and had an emotional reaction when I read an email from a local government agency that ruled against me. I sent a hastily written response and I am concerned I accidentally engaged in extortion. Could you please read what I wrote and let me know if I may have engaged in extortion? Here is the Florida law: http://www.richardhornsby.com/crimes/fraud/extortion.html#Definition If you feel I did NOT engage in extortion, please explain why. Here is what I wrote:
Make no mistake, this is not going away. Your departments are an embarrassment to Florida. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Those going up against [person] on November 4th are going to have a field day with everything I provide them (the open records requests I did on the [entity] were quite fruitful...). Unless of course he wasn't aware of this and would like to take proper action between now and then. You can reach me here if you wish, [person].
After submitting that I rereading it, I realized not only was I being emotional, but it could be interpreted as extortion because I worded it poorly. Here is the followup email I sent:
[person], Everything I have read about you makes me think you are a very stand-up guy. Sorry about the previous email a couple of minutes ago, I was simply frustrated and had an emotional reaction. I have no intention of releasing documents to your competitors though I do plan to release this entire story to the public once I have finished writing it. I have no doubt that you have no idea what is going on. Cliff notes version: I found that the [entity] was spraying one of their pesticides in violation of the label. The enforcement arms of the state have done nothing but utilize extremely weak arguments to justify the [entity]illegal activities. I am extremely frustrated at this point and would appreciate it if you would review the matter.
Thoughts? Is there anything else I should do? Am I in trouble? Why or why not?
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