Saturday, August 06, 2011

Rochester | Judge says D&C may shield posters

From a story in today's Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y.: 

The Democrat and Chronicle does not have to release information about four individuals who anonymously posted Web comments about members of the Brockport police and Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti, a judge has ruled.

State Supreme Court Justice David Barry ruled that the comments were clearly opinion and could not be considered defamatory, as the police officers and Varrenti contended in a lawsuit against the anonymous Web posters and Gannett.

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