22 December 2007

jersey judge shields anonymous blogger

Submitted by Paul McNamara on Sat, 12/22/2007 - 6:30am.

In a free-speech case that has drawn widespread attention, a New Jersey judge has upheld the right of a blogger to criticize county officials anonymously by telling those officials to take their subpoena seeking the author’s identity and put it where the sun don’t shine.

His honor used legalese, of course, but it’s Jersey and that’s what he meant. ~ see link for more
snip from asbury park press:
MANALAPAN — The undisclosed identity of an Internet blogger whose comments targeted local officials will remain a mystery for now, a state Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Judge Terence P. Flynn in Freehold ruled to quash a subpoena filed by Manalapan Township against Google, seeking the name and account information of the author of the blog — daTruthSquad.blogspot.com — calling the request "an unjust infringement on the blogger's First Amendment rights."