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Blogger gets support from free speech groups

jaquithA trio of free speech advocates has ridden to the aid of Charlottesville blogger Waldo Jaquith (left).

Like many bloggers, Jaquith allows folks to post anonymous comments on his site.  After he reported on a defamation lawsuit filed against another Charlottesville publication, the plaintiff’s lawyer demanded that Jaquith cough up the identities of the people who posted comments about the story.

Jacquith resisted, filing a homemade motion to quash.  Now, Jaquith has professional help in the form of lawyers from the ACLU, The Thomas Jefferson Center for The Protection of Free Expression, and the Public Citizen Litigation Group.  Their brief is here.

Online court records indicate that a hearing is scheduled March 12.

By Peter Vieth

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