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Friday, March 31, 2006

Judge rules in favor of free speech on web

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 11:03 AM

An interesting AP story about a Washington man and his website.

The state Supreme Court ruledThursday a trial judge overreached his authority when he restricted aman from posting information on a Web site.

Paul Trummel was jailed for more than threemonths in 2002 in his free-speech standoff with the judge over the Website he used as a forum for attacking the Council House, a federallysubsidized retirement home where he once lived. Trummel posted the phone numbers and addresses of Council Housestaff, directors and residents - something that King County SuperiorCourt Judge James Doerty characterized as harassment.

Apparently the higher court ruled that Trummel was, in fact, harrassing these people, but it said that he should have been allowed to print their info on his website.

Sound at all familiar?

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired... more

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