Apr 3, 2007

Federal judge denies motion to dismiss blogger's lawsuit

It was just a matter of time before this kind of thing started happening. I have been reading horror stories about Bloggers being imprisoned in other Countries because they don't enjoy the same freedoms of speech as we are blessed with here. This is a bit of a different twist on the subject but of some interest anyway.
By The Associated Press 04.03.07
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal judge refused to dismiss a free-speech lawsuit filed by a political commentator against Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell on March 30 referred the case filed by Internet blogger Mark Nickolas to a federal magistrate to manage the exchange of evidence in the case and to conduct a settlement conference "as he deems appropriate."
The Fletcher administration blocked state employees from surfing various Internet categories, including entertainment and humor, online auctions and Web logs, known as blogs.
Nickolas, represented by the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, claims in the lawsuit that the Fletcher administration singled him out, blocking access to his Web site, http://www.BluegrassReport.org.
Nickolas has used his site to criticize various politicians, including Fletcher.
The lawsuit contends the state infringed on Nicholas' rights under both the First Amendment and the equal-protection clause of the Constitution.
The state produced a list of Web sites that were blocked, in addition to the political blog. That list included religious sites, blogs operated by newspapers and one University of Kentucky Web site.

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Lyn said...

Fearful stuff, eh? What next? Excellent work as usual...

Carol said...

Yes it is fearful, especially since it is a violation of out First Amendment Rights, but hey we have already sacrificed the Constitution!
Thanks for the visit, the comment and the compliment. Good to see you here!