Judge orders unmasking of blog poster

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First District Judge John Luster has ordered the Spokesman-Review newspaper to hand over to Kootenai County Republican Party chair Tina Jacobson's attorneys, information that will reveal the identity of "almostinnocentbystander,"an anonymous comment poster on the Huckleberries blog.

Two other blog posters Jacobson's attorneys sought to unmask will remain anonymous.

In April, Jacobson's attorney filed a lawsuit claiming "almostinnocentbystander" posted libelous, defamatory statements about Jacobson in February on the Huckleberries blog. The lawyer later filed a subpoena requesting information that would unmask three anonymous bloggers - "almostinnocentbystander," and also "Phaedrus" and "OutofStaterTater."

The Spokesman-Review's attorneys asked the court to quash the subpoena.

Judge Luster today denied the Spokesman-Review's attorney's motion regarding "almostinnocentbystander," ordering the newspaper to turn over all documentation establishing the identity, email address and IP addresses of "almostinnocentbystander."

"Phaedrus" and "OutofStaterTater" will remain anonymous, the judge determined.

You can view Luster's 24-page opinion below.

Tina Jacobson v Doe_John P Luster_Memoradum Opinion Re Motion to Quash Subpoena_Jacobson v John Doe

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