Pennsylvania AG Drops Twitter Subpoena

from the well-that-was-useful dept

Last week, the news came out that Pennsylvania Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate), Tom Corbett, was so thin-skinned that he had subpoenaed Twitter to try to get at the identity of some anonymous online critics. Of course, all this really did was draw attention to (a) the criticism of Corbett and (b) his incredibly thin skin when it comes to criticism. Twitter, thankfully, didn't just roll over, and now Corbett has dropped the subpoena. Of course, one of the reasons Corbett was trying to unmask the identity of the commenter was because he believed it may have been someone he had already targeted in a political corruption scandal -- who was being sentenced on Friday. However, without being able to identify the user by the time of the sentencing, he couldn't use that in pushing for a tougher sentence. So, in the end, Corbett didn't get what he was after, but called a lot more attention to criticism of him. Nice work.
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  1. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 24 May 2010 @ 10:43am

    Re: So little mikee now claims its a good thing

    that criminals get less of a sentence because they hid behind an anonymous on line smearing campaign?

    I said no such thing. What I said is a good thing is that an AG is not able to just get identifying information on anonymous commenters. I had no idea that you were so against the basic premises of our First Amendment, Michial.

    WOW little mikee m, come on do you stand up for anything that would make society a better place by holding people responsible for their actions?

    I believe in the First Amendment. You don't?

    So far you've supported allowing pedophiles access to kids

    I've said no such thing. I've not even come close to saying that because that is absolutely ridiculous. Saying that is false and defamatory. Please admit that you are wrong and retract your statement.

    thieves to run ramped

    I don't know what ramped means, but I don't support freely allowing "thieves" to run anything. So I'm not sure what you are saying. Again, please retract your false statement.

    and just about any other form of criminal action

    I have no idea what this means.

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