Garrett v. Better Publications, Civil No. CL08000197-00 (Va. Cir. Ct., Buckingham Co. subpoena to blogger Jan. 15, 2009).
Status: Subpeona pending.

In December 2008, Thomas Garrett sued The Hook weekly newspaper for its coverage of a state criminal case against him. The filing of the lawsuit was covered by various newspapers and blogs, including the blog, which focuses on community news in Charlottesville, Va. Garrett then subpoenaed blogger Waldo Jaquith, seeking information used to write the blog’s article on the lawsuit, and the identity and IP addresses of all commenters to and viewers of the article. Jaquith has filed a motion to quash the subpoena, and has invoked Virginia’s reporter’s privilege.

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