Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blogger Arrested; Police Claim She's Harassing Them

Charlottesville, Virginia, police have arrested a 34-year-old blogger, apparently for the posts on her blog. According to an editorial in the Washington Post, Elisha Strom "was indicted on a single count of identifying a police officer with intent to harass, a felony under state law." Ms. Strom publishes information about the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force, which she gets from public records, according to her blog and to the Post. The police chief had warned Ms. Strom that "her blog posts were scaring off informants and endangering the officers and their families, but he provided no evidence. At no point did Ms. Strom's blog express a threat, explicit or otherwise, to police or their sources," according to the Post editorial. See more coverage here by a local television station.

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