County withdraws subpoena for commenters’ IP addresses in ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ case

MauiTime | Maui News | Honolulu Civil Beat
MauiTime publisher Tommy Russo says he was attacked in April by Dog the Bounty Hunter’s security team, then by a Maui Police Department officer (“Officer Johnson erroneously claimed my press rights didn’t include filming him against his wishes.”) In May, the police department and county prosecutor issued a subpoena for the IP addresses for all comments posted about the altercations during a specified 24-hour period; it was withdrawn last week. MauiTimes’ Anthony Pignataro writes:

And that was it. No apology for putting the legal screws to the paper, trampling the First Amendment, misusing the Grand Jury process or ignoring their own police procedures. Indeed, [the prosecutor's] letter indicates that a Maui PD investigator “will seek to locate and interview this person ["Federal Reserve"] regarding a specific comment posted on the Maui Time webpage on April 15, 2011 at regarding “[Officer] needs a bullet when he walks out his door.

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.