In The Matter of Four Subpoenas dated October 30, 2007, May 6, 2008, May 6, 2008 and May 8, 2008 (New York v. Tsabar), No. 45278/2007 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Bronx County 2008).

Status: Subpoenas withdrawn

In January 2008, a Bronx County Assistant District Attorney sent a subpoena to the owners of Room Eight (, a group blog focusing on New York City politics, seeking information to identify the authors of 29 blog posts, written by a pseudonymous contributor to the blog, and several anonymous contributors. The subpoena included the warning that disclosure by the site owners of the fact that they had received the subpoena – including telling the effected bloggers -- would impede an unspecified investigation (later revealed to be an investigation of death threats against a local political official), and could be prosecuted. The site owners filed a motion to quash the subpoena, and argued that they should be able to contact the pseudonymous and anonymous bloggers. They also threatened a federal lawsuit. In July, the District Attorney’s office withdrew the subpoena.

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