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Friday, March 31, 2006

Judge rules in favor of free speech on web

An interesting AP story about a Washington man and his website.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday a trial judge overreached his authority when he restricted a man from posting information on a Web site.

Paul Trummel was jailed for more than three months in 2002 in his free-speech standoff with the judge over the Web site he used as a forum for attacking the Council House, a federally subsidized retirement home where he once lived. Trummel posted the phone numbers and addresses of Council House staff, directors and residents - something that King County Superior Court Judge James Doerty characterized as harassment.

Apparently the higher court ruled that Trummel was, in fact, harrassing these people, but it said that he should have been allowed to print their info on his website.

Sound at all familiar?

March 31, 2006 at 11:03 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink

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