First Baptist Church v. Doe (Fla., subpeonas)
Status: Subpeonas used to unveil anonymous blogger

In response to criticism of the church and its pastor on the "FBC Jax Watchdog" blog (, the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. turned to church member Robert Hinson, a detective with the Jacksonville sheriff's office and a member of the reverend's security detail, to investigate. Hinton issued subpeonas to Google to unmask the anonymous blogger, and used the information obtained from Google to determine the blogger was church member Thomas Rich.

The sheriff's office closed the case after determining that no crimes were committed, but Hinton told church officials the identity of the blogger, and Rich was banned from the church.

Rich then filed a complaint with the sheriff's office, and said that he was looking into his legal options.

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