The lawsuit filed against anonymous bloggers by Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has a judge and an initial hearing scheduled, but the threat of a lawsuit has not stopped many bloggers, instead leading to more and more popping up.
Originally filed April 25 against 11 bloggers on The Newton Citizen's website, three of the bloggers were shortly thereafter dismissed. One, gwinnettcountytransplant, was identified as an AHS teacher. The other two, spdracer90 and avidreader were dismissed May 3, the same day a motion to quash and a request for a protective order for editor Alice Queen was filed.
The initial request from Carpenter's attorney was for all information and documents to identify the bloggers, the text of the communication from January 1, 2011 until present, server logs, IP addressed, logs, account information and access records and application or registration forms related to each blogger, as well as email or correspondence between the newspaper and the bloggers. The paper's attorney objected to both the subpoena for the information and to have Queen subjected to a deposition in the case.
Newton County Superior Court Judges Ken Wynne, Horace Johnson and Samuel Ozburn were recused because all serve on a local civic organization with the Carpenters, according to paperwork filed. The case was given to Eugene Benton and a hearing is set for June 19.