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S-R must provide info on anonymous commenter (Idaho)
The Spokesman-Review ^ | July 10, 2012 | Thomas Clouse

Posted on 07/11/2012 4:00:47 PM PDT by Ken H

The Spokesman-Review must provide information that could identify an anonymous reader who typed a disparaging online comment about the chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party in February, an Idaho judge ruled Tuesday.

The attorney for the chairwoman, Tina Jacobson, subpoenaed information about the identities of three Huckleberries Online readers who commented under assumed names below a photograph featuring Jacobson.

Under the name “almostinnocentbystander,” the commenter questioned whether $10,000 reportedly missing from the Kootenai County Central Committee might be “stuffed inside Tina’s blouse.”

Two other commenters, “Phaedrus” and “outofstatetater,” also typed comments responding to the original post about Jacobson’s blouse.

The comments were deleted from Huckleberries Online after S-R blogger Dave Oliveria discovered them, but the first post was visible for about 2 ½ hours.

In late April, Jacobson filed a lawsuit against “John and/or Jane Doe.” Her attorney, C. Matthew Andersen, subpoenaed the names of the commenters so the suit could proceed, and the newspaper responded with a motion to quash that request.

(Excerpt) Read more at spokesman.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 07/11/2012 4:00:49 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

I looked around a bit, but didn’t find an exact quote of the comment in question.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 4:04:10 PM PDT by Ken H
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Found it. According to Seattle Weekly...

Whoever "almostinnocent" is, she or he posted the comment, "Is that the missing $10,000 from Kootenai County Central Committee funds actually stuffed inside Tina's blouse??? Let's not try to find out."

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2012/06/identities_of_commenters_at_he.php

3 posted on 07/11/2012 4:09:46 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Let’s hope these types of politicians never turn their attention to FR, plenty of us have said a lot worse on here....


4 posted on 07/11/2012 4:17:36 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Ken H

1) She’s a public figure, and
2) Political speech is the most protected class of free speech.

In this case, the assumption must be that she has political power, and those that libeled her do not. While this does not assert that she would use her political power against these persons, it does mean that there must be a very high bar for libel when speech is critical about actions in office, even if those actions are unrelated to their job and have no basis in fact.


5 posted on 07/11/2012 4:17:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Ken H

If that is the actual comment...why must they be outed?


6 posted on 07/11/2012 4:18:44 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Hmm ~ actually, it sounds like a quite legitimate question ~ we've had any number of politicians in recent years who took money in the form of large bills and kept it in refrigerators, or wired up under the toilet tank lid, or stashed in holes in the wall somewhere.

We had a Prince George's County MD board member try to flush a large check down the toilet, and her husband, the chairman of the board, called her from the office (just before he was raided) to get rid of it.

Is there some reason this woman is above suspicion?

Sounds like a defense lawyer trying to get folks to go on a wild goose chase for incidentals when the main issue is who got the bucks!

7 posted on 07/11/2012 4:27:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ken H
<-- "it's a MAN baby!!!"
8 posted on 07/11/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Ken H

Oh goody, the congress will get to create ‘internet courts’ soon.

Yes, requiring people to travel long distances to physically defend statements made on the internet is a real and very severe infringement of the First Amendment.

So congress critters get to appoint their and their donors bum in-laws and other ne’er do wells to the judiciary to try the cases electronically- in the venue where they occured.


9 posted on 07/11/2012 4:39:11 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Ken H
From her Facebook page under 'Activities and Interests'...

Take Back Idaho's 1st Congressional District, Otter for Idaho, I AM THE TEA PARTY!, Rush Limbaugh, Labrador for Idaho, Keep Idaho Red

http://www.facebook.com/tina.jacobson.505

(emphasis mine)

10 posted on 07/11/2012 4:41:14 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

This is very scary. We get closer to becoming the Soviet Union or Communist China with each passing day.


11 posted on 07/11/2012 4:41:18 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: mkjessup

I’ll bet she barks when she hears the doorbell!


12 posted on 07/11/2012 4:48:19 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: mkjessup

she’s a republican


13 posted on 07/12/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

So what? Stupidity does not recognize political affiliations.


14 posted on 07/12/2012 5:02:38 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup

she’s attempting to end internet harrassment, and posters on this thread attack her looks and intelligence.

just saying.


15 posted on 07/13/2012 5:18:36 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r
"End internet harassment", oh that's a real howler, I will make a point of forwarding the URL of this thread to Tina Jacobson so she will know that teeman8r (the defender of all things right and proper) has risen to her defense while she contemplates the concept that had she kept her freakin' piehole shut about an anonymous commenter on a newspaper website, that very few people would have even known about the comment about "$10,000 being hidden in her blouse", but now countless throngs of people online know of it due to her own fixation on finding out who said it.

That is without doubt the mindset of a moron.

But by all means, you go right ahead and defend such flawed logic on her behalf.

Looks good on you, lol
16 posted on 07/13/2012 7:16:51 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup

what i was pointing out was your horrible treatment of a woman because of her looks, not her policies...

you are the moron, in your behavior and assumptions. i feel sorry for you and your impotent mind.

thanks for the blinking moniker. i liked that.


17 posted on 07/13/2012 8:47:21 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

Get a life you loser.


18 posted on 07/13/2012 11:42:28 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup

She runs to the kitchen whenever she hears the can opener.


19 posted on 07/13/2012 11:52:54 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Her ass is so large, it has it’s own zip code.


20 posted on 07/13/2012 11:57:07 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Ken H
Seems like the commenter did not make a positive assertion, but merely asked an impolite question. And, in any case, Tina's a public figure.

Organizations such as the SR should keep their logs in memory and reboot every morning.

21 posted on 07/13/2012 12:25:10 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Ken H

What are the chances if the commenter works for ABC?


22 posted on 07/23/2012 10:29:36 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Ken H

What are the chances the commenter works for ABC?


23 posted on 07/23/2012 10:30:01 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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