Spat Between Friends Turns Into a Fierce Legal Firestorm

Clinical forensic psychology, Stacy David Bernstein, sometimes teaches classes or gives lectures at law enforcement organizations, including the FBI. Until January of 2015, Bernstein, a graduate of Albizu University in Myrtle Beach, was a Board of Firearms Permit Examiners member. The governor of Connecticut appointed him to this position.

e72240c46e203c84c81058a99f3ab8b2For approximately one year, Robert Serafinowicz has been forbidden to “Post any information, whether adverse or otherwise, pertaining to [Bernstein] on any website for any purpose.” It is also illegal for him to “Contact any person, including, but not limited to [Bernstein’s] past, current and prospective clients, family members and his child’s educators in any manner for any purpose.”

If Serafinowicz violates any of these orders that are in a court order, he will be found in violation and will face time in jail for the charge contempt of court.

At one point, both men were friends. However, Bernstein says that Serafinowicz eventually turned against him and left a series of “bizarre emails and voice messages.” However, it was the harsh criticism of Bernstein that the courts started to focus on.

Serafinowicz had sent emails to professional organizations that Bernstein is involved with to talk about Bernstein’s past and try to show that he was essentially not the right man for the job. While Bernstein alleges that Serafinowicz essentially created lies that caused problems with reputation and character, he stated in court that the defendant did not directly threaten him.

Exactly what transpired between the two former friends to cause such a ruckus is something the public will likely never fully know. At this time, all the public can do is follow the news and media reports and draw their own conclusions.

There are laws in place to prevent libel and slander. However, where the First Amendment ends and these issues start is something the courts are constantly trying to assess. At this time, there is an order in place that legally protects Bernstein from having to face potential libel or slander from his former friend.

“When talking about personal injury and liability, most people overlook the potential damage that verbal and written word can cause,” says Joe and Martin, a personal injury attorneys in Myrtle Beach. “However, slander and libel cases are not uncommon and should be taken seriously. What someone says or publishes about another person can cause significant harm to their reputation and disrupt all areas of their life.”


Libel and slander are both interesting aspects of the law because what one person sees as harmful might not quite seem that way in a court of law. Of course, there are always two sides to a story too. At this time, the two men appear to agree to stay away from each other and to not mention each other.


As the first amendment says “Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We should all fall this guidelines in our life.

This is likely the best path because neither seems keen on working to restore a friendship that appeared to be quite deep at one point. The constitutional scholars will simultaneously continue to debate whether any slander and libel issues simply fall under the First Amendment. If you want more information visit .