All those anonymous blog and news article commenters who have felt so free with their nasty and threatening comments might have a hard time sleeping tonight, after they read the following article on the Daily Herald's website at http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=335203
Village of Buffalo Grove Trustee Lisa Stone has persuaded a Chicago judge to require Comcast.com to reveal the name of an anonymous commenter. For sure, Hipcheck16 will be tossing and turning all night.
The judge did put some restrictions on the disclosure of Hipcheck16's identity. It can be given only to Stone, her attorneys and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
So, will Stone be found in contempt of court, if her attorneys file a lawsuit against Hipcheck16 and tell the Clerk of the Court who he is? And what if Sheriff Dart reveals the name to a process server who is serve the legal papers on Hipcheck16?
Is this all just a contribution to the Lawyers' Relief and Retirement Fund?
What if someone buys the Northwest Herald and changes its policy about protection of the identity of news article commenters? I can just hear the screams now. Gotcha!