Brian Dunning of the popular and generally well-regarded Skeptoid podcast has incurred some serious legal problems. Dunning is a convicted felon for wire fraud, and now faces 15 months in Federal Prison as well as probation for a period of three years as punishment. While I do not completely understand all the ins and outs of his conviction, he has plead guilty to wire fraud. He is a criminal. It is fraud; other felonies or misdemeanors are also bad to be sure some worse some not as bad, but a fraud conviction against a skeptic is extra-biting as skeptics as a whole pride themselves in ‘fighting the fakers.’
I did not think it was right to gloat when the cultural opposition falters or ceases to be an issue as when Sylvia Browne died. I do not think it proper, or rational to gloat when a skeptic has faltered either. I do not know what I will do if Skeptoid continues production, or begins production again after this period of incarceration. I am still not exactly sure how I feel about this whole sordid mess. For me, it is not something to crow about or excuse. In the end, skeptics fight fraud, and Dunning to some extent made that job more of a challenge. That's a shame. Dunning overall produced some decent, easily accessible, popular content, and it'd be a shame to lose that too. Fuck.
*edit* evening of 8/6/14 EST
Mr. Dunning has released a statement.