Site popular with citizens, officers
By Amos Maki (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.
Whatever the reason, Internet and free-speech advocates said they had serious problems with the city's actions.
AOL filed a motion to have the order quashed, but lost that bid in trial court and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
"We are quite interested in preserving the anonymity of the bloggers," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. "Anonymous speech has long been protected speech under the First Amendment."
"This is another attempt at disrupting an outlet for officers to gather and complain about the administration," they said on the site.
"Further, this allows us unrestricted communication with the citizens of Memphis. The citizens should be made aware of the scandals that rock the administration and shudder the rocky foundation in which they operate today."