Motions are scheduled to be heard today in the civil case of Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter versus several anonymous bloggers and District 1 Board Representative Jeff Meadors. (Follow the hearings live on Twitter.)
The initial lawsuit was filed in April, accusing 11 bloggers on The Citizen website of defamation for libel per se and libel based on harm sustained as the result of defamatory postings on the website. Carpenter's lawyer Stephanie Lindsay requested that all IP addresses and potentially identifiable information for the bloggers be released. The Citizen's attorney David Hudson disagreed and a motion date was scheduled.
Since then, three local judges have been recused from the case and BOE member Meadors has been added. In that amended motion, Lindsay claims that Meadors is either several bloggers making the comments against Carpenter or that he has urged others to blog about information that he learned in executive session as a board member.
The motions are scheduled to be heard in the courtroom of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton at 9:30 a.m. today. It is expected that board members will be called to testify.