CMLP Slaps Down Garrett’s Subpoena

The Harvard-based Citizen Media Law Project calls Garrett’s subpoena of cvillenews.com records “patently overbroad,” “outrageous,” “troubling” and “meant to…harass,” in an analysis of the case.  #

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  • It finally clicked for me. Something had been rattling around in my head since I first read the subpoena after Waldo posted it and it came together reading the CMLP post. The subpoena, in part, demands: “[a]ny and all e-mail communications . . . and other written communications that you have received or sent on or after December 19, 2008” relating to the December 23 post and Thomas Garrett, among other things. The third asks for “[a]ny and all documents and information (including but not limited to work papers, notes, drafts and phone logs) in your possession relating to any and all information obtained, generated, or created in writing the Article.” The fourth requests “[a]ny and all posts, comments or other writings you have made on other sites . . . on or after December 19, 2008, relating to the Article, to Thomas Garrett, or the Lawsuit.”

    It finally occurred to me that Mr. Garrett must really believe that such things exist. That Waldo (and I and whoever else) talked about this apart from the comments on the blog here and perhaps wrote about it to each other or someone else. It’s all predicated on the idea that Mr. Garrett and his actions and life are important enough to warrant people actively discussing him and setting out to do something to him purposefully.

    I’m fascinated by this and irked with myself that I have spent as much time as I have on it. At least now there’s a defensibly interesting legal angle to pay attention to.

  • Wow. I’m glad you explained that, Chris, because that explanation hadn’t crossed my mind. But that certainly makes a lot of sense, which is more than I’ve been able to manage so far.

    How sad.

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