Alert! Cohasset BOS may Subpoena Patriot Ledger for Blog IPs & Addresses

We never thought the Cohasset Board of Selectmen would follow through on its own vote (April 16) to seek out the identities of frozenturkeysforall and Cohasset007. But from all appearances, the board is making big noises along those lines.

According to excellent town hall sources, the Selectmen will post a 5 minute meeting for Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at which they will consider signing a subpoena being prepared by town counsel to obtain IP addresses from  commenters making libelous statements on a Patriot Ledger blog.

If voted, Selectmen will be investigating their own town hall computers, to make sure nothing is being blogged from Town Hall. It would be good if they didn’t use the acting town manager’s IT guy to check things out, but then we can’t have everything in life, can we? The reason that should not happen is because many people suspect that Cohasset007 may well be a Cohasset potentate.

On April 16  David McMorris and his wife Ronnie addressed a packed selectmen’s chambers during a five-minute public comment period and held them spellbound. David appealed to selectmen to take action against the anonymous commenters on a Patriot Ledger blog site who have “been defaming my family.”

After a long public comment session, selectmen vote 5-0 to give Cohasset007 and frozenturkeys (frozenturkeysforall) 72 hours to come forward and apologize or selectmen would seek them out via whatever legal means was possible. To our knowledge, no one came forth.

Here’s a link to the April 16th  article: http://wp.me/p3o8kv-2gB

 

 

© Copyright 2013 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed
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  2 comments for “Alert! Cohasset BOS may Subpoena Patriot Ledger for Blog IPs & Addresses

  1. April 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    You are correct. News organizations are protected from defamation liability by a third party.
    It appears the BOS has some concern that the libelous commenter might be someone at Town Hall.

  2. scottmcoyne
    April 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I may be wrong, but I believe news organizations are protected from defamation liability by a third party under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

    And why does the BOS feel the need to get involved in the matter of a private citizen? Should it be the citizens responsibility to hire their own lawyer?

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