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How and Why Bloggers Can Be Sued

August 24, 2010

I have posted before on the civil and criminal action that can befall an unwary blogger for copyright infringement and libel, but a recent post on the L.A. Times website goes further, detailing a few of the many ways a blogger can be the subject of a lawsuit.  It also explains a lot about the liability of both the poster and the blogger for comments posted on a blog.

Hal Turner, a right-wing blogger from New Jersey, faces up to 10 years in prison for posting a comment that three Chicago judges “deserve to be killed” for having rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to the city’s handgun ban in 2009. Turner, who also ran his own Web-based radio show, thought it “was political trash talk,” his lawyer said. But this month a jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., convicted him of threatening the lives of the judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

It’s a good read, so check it out.

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