Cohasset Selectmen’s Thursday night’s 5 minute special meeting was aborted when selectmen were advised, according to Select chair Paul Carlson, that town counsel would not be able to produce a subpoena for the consideration of the board.
According to town counsel , before a subpoena can be entertained, an investigation of what employees if any were utilizing town computers to comment on town government affairs. Selectmen’s special interest was in the commenter who called himself Cohasset007 who posted information about sick tme reports for the firefighters during contract negotiations. That leak was town government related and it is thought that the selectmen can investigate the same.
In related news, Cohasset Mariner reporter Erin Dale blogged on May 2 that Cohasset resident Ronnie McMorris, a former selectman, is seeking the identify of numerous individuals who posted on the wickedlocalcohasset website under the following names: Cohasset007, Horse_the_Face, dellaflooze, LightofMinot, semperfi26, Raylewisisabadman, PFFM2804, iwasalousyselectman and frozenturkeyforall.
Dale further reported the Cohasset Mariner was served with two subpoenas last week from Thornton & Naumes LLP on behalf of the Ronnie and David McMorris.
It is thought, but it is not known, that most if not all of the names above are pseudonyms used by about 5 prolific town officials who kept the Mariner blogs rolling. Since the McMorris’ filed their subpoena and received information about the posters, the Cohasset Mariner blog has come to an abrupt halt.
(this story was updated with more current information at 11:41A.M., May 3).
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