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Court allows FBC Jax Watchdog case against Assistant State Attorney to proceed

A Florida federal district court refused this week to dismiss the claim by blogger Tom Rich (FBC Jax Watchdog) that Assistant Fla. State Attorney Stephen Siegel violated Rich’s right to speak anonymously, and trampled on the Establishment Clause because defendants had no secular purpose for their actions.

The lawsuit alleges Siegel issued subpoenas that helped Jacksonville police officer Robert Hinson — who was a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonvilla, Fla. — identify Rich when there was no evidence of criminal activity.

Dismissed in the same action were civil claims against State Attorney Angela Corey for her office’s role.

Rich’s claims against the police officer and against First Baptist were unaffected because they weren’t involved in this motion to dismiss.

Emerging standards for unmasking anonymous bloggers were certainly not met in Rich’s case.

To prevail in this instance, Rich must now prove the violations he alleges. But even at this juncture, the case is a caution for those who would twist legal authority to unmask an anonymous blogger without compelling legal justification. Abuse of power has a price.

[H/T: Religion Clause]

April 9, 2010 - Posted by | Law, WWW | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] Un tribunal federal de distrito de la Florida se negó esta semana que desestime el reclamo por el blogger Tom Rich (FBC de Jax Watchdog) que la fiscal estatal asistente de Florida Stephen Siegel violado el derecho de Rich a hablar de forma anónima, y pisoteados en la Cláusula de Establecimiento, porque los acusados no tenían ninguna utilidad para su secular acciones. La demanda alega Siegel emitió citaciones que ayudó a [. . . ] URL del artículo original… […]

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