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Prior restraint of defendants' blog in DJ Bell case

Posted By on May 6, 2010, 11:26 PM

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Tapalululu Latu and the other six folks accused of attacking--or rioting--DJ Bell and partner Dan Fair are prevented by court order from publishing a blog because it could facilitate threats against Bell, some of which he's allegedly already received via Facebook and in person. How does that sit in your First Amendment craw? ---

This was a decision of 3rd District Judge Judith Atherton. I don't see any comment on this issue on, the blog setup by DJ Bell and supporters while he was still a defendant. Prior restraint of a blog on the basis that it might some day contain a threat--that's certainly putting a seat belt on the First Amendment, wouldn't ya say? Are these potential future threats a clear and present danger?

For background read, Charges filed against alleged attackers of DJ Bell, Dan Fair.

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