July 6, 2012

FREE SPEECH UPDATE: Maryland Court Dissolves Injunction Against Blogger; Massachusetts Judge Orders Blogger to Take Down Blog Posts. “Massachusetts District Court Judge Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega issued a ‘harassment prevention order’ against a blogger, Dan Valenti, whose web site provided critical coverage of the actions of Meredith Nilan, the daughter of a senior court official, who struck a pedestrian with her car (leaving him with a broken neck), and then drove off (she was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, but in a deal with prosecutors, she will avoid any jail time in the case). The judge ordered Valenti to stop blogging about Nilan, demanding that he take down his prior blog posts about her, and remove ‘any and all references’ to Nilan on ‘any and all’ web sites. . . . The judge’s order violates Massachusetts law, not just the First Amendment.”

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