Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bloggers Vs. New York City Prosecutors

New York City prosecutors wanted the name of an anonymous blogger on a site called "Room 8", which comments on city politics, so they sent a subpoena to the blog owners, who were understandably concerned. They asked for more information, which the prosecutors declined to give. Ultimately, the D.A.'s office withdrew the subpoena, but the issuance raises questions about when and why such subpoenas are issued, and whether bloggers are covered by ISP policies--and by reporter's shield privileges. Read more in a New York Times article in today's paper.

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