Polk Co Sheriff s Office sought names...

Polk Co Sheriff s Office sought names of web site commenters

There are 237 comments on the www.cedartownstd.com story from Nov 12, 2010, titled Polk Co Sheriff s Office sought names of web site commenters. In it, www.cedartownstd.com reports that:

The Polk County Sheriffs Office obtained seven subpoenas in an attempt to find out the names of specific anonymous bloggers discussing the department on a chat site.

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inquiring

Phenix City, AL

#131 Jun 8, 2012
Oh yes, that is true of chat boards.
songdog

Tarrytown, GA

#132 Oct 7, 2012
Heywood Jablome wrote:
<quoted text>
He's trying..but those republicans just won't let him.
How come no one has seen STOOKY & OBAMA at the same time"
Truth

Rome, GA

#133 Oct 8, 2012
inquiring wrote:
Idk, if you go through Verizon or AT&T to get records they are only kept on their database for 1 year. Outside of that I'm sure they can be kept as long as they're needed if you have access to them. At one time it was said government agencies could see what was being text on phones but this is also not true. It takes a court order to get any texts even if they are your own.
Search Warrant not a Court Order.
Question

Rome, GA

#134 Oct 9, 2012
if the investigation is now closed, why hasn't someone requested this list of posters under open records so that they will know their rights have been violated, assuming of course that some judge issued a warrant just so the sheriff could find out who his political enemies were.
my opinion

Cedartown, GA

#135 Oct 9, 2012
Someone has requested this info and there is a list of the names out there.
zerograv

Covington, GA

#137 Oct 9, 2012
Truth wrote:
When you break the law and subpoenas are issued to obtain information there is no violation of rights.
WHERE ARE THE CHARGES?

Is there any sane person with the belief that this was anything other than a political fishing expedition?
Gingers snap

Rome, GA

#138 Oct 9, 2012
I don't know if you people know it, but there is a thing called the news,( channels 2,5 & 11...Atlanta channels, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia)and there is a story every morning, noon and night about this subject. Educate yourselves, don't waste your money and try to sue anyone,you will lose.
zerograv

Covington, GA

#139 Oct 9, 2012
Gingers snap wrote:
I don't know if you people know it, but there is a thing called the news,( channels 2,5 & 11...Atlanta channels, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia)and there is a story every morning, noon and night about this subject. Educate yourselves, don't waste your money and try to sue anyone,you will lose.
You are right, the court of public opinion will be able to settle this on election day.
wow

Jonesboro, GA

#140 Oct 9, 2012
Vote Moats!
Gingers snap

Rome, GA

#141 Oct 9, 2012
Don't hold your breath
Truth

Rome, GA

#142 Oct 9, 2012
zerograv wrote:
<quoted text>WHERE ARE THE CHARGES?

Is there any sane person with the belief that this was anything other than a political fishing expedition?
Rather we agree with it or not there are laws on the books for criminal defamation and warrants and subpoenas can be issued. I do not know what was posted so I will not judge as to rather the statements violated the criminal defamation laws.
Truth

Rome, GA

#143 Oct 9, 2012
Gingers snap wrote:
I don't know if you people know it, but there is a thing called the news,( channels 2,5 & 11...Atlanta channels, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia)and there is a story every morning, noon and night about this subject. Educate yourselves, don't waste your money and try to sue anyone,you will lose.
There also cases that have been won.
Gingers snap

Rome, GA

#144 Oct 9, 2012
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
There also cases that have been won.
Yes there are, but talking bad about your department and sheriff. Bringing moral down and then lying about it....your asking for it.

hue

Since: Sep 12

Rockmart

#145 Oct 10, 2012
oh my! i guess i'll watch my tongue!!!!
Newsgal

Thomaston, GA

#146 Oct 10, 2012
We obtained the list of screen names a little over a year ago and I did a story regarding them. It should be archived on the Fish Wrap. There has never been any charges filed against anyone for criminal defamation. I also did a story regarding exactly what criminal defamation was and how it is defined. One man was arrested in a separate case in Polk County about the time all of this was going on. I investigated and, as far as I could tell, he was the only one ever arrested in Georgia on a criminal defamation charge.
Question

Rome, GA

#147 Oct 10, 2012
Thanks Newsgal. The "hurry up and arrest someone for criminal defamation so we can act like it's a regular charge" scandal is enough to turn my stomach. I'll search the archives for the story. Thanks.
protagonista

Bonaire, GA

#148 Oct 10, 2012
Question wrote:
Thanks Newsgal. The "hurry up and arrest someone for criminal defamation so we can act like it's a regular charge" scandal is enough to turn my stomach. I'll search the archives for the story. Thanks.
Thnx, Question. Glad someone sees it for what it is.

..........Vote MOATS..........
Question

Rome, GA

#149 Oct 10, 2012
I searched the archives. Read your 3 anonymous blogging articles and numerous stories in which numerous people claim that the sheriff is an idiot, but did not see the names of the people who were identified by ip addresses, other than Moats and Henderson.
Truth

Rome, GA

#151 Oct 10, 2012
Newsgal wrote:
We obtained the list of screen names a little over a year ago and I did a story regarding them. It should be archived on the Fish Wrap. There has never been any charges filed against anyone for criminal defamation. I also did a story regarding exactly what criminal defamation was and how it is defined. One man was arrested in a separate case in Polk County about the time all of this was going on. I investigated and, as far as I could tell, he was the only one ever arrested in Georgia on a criminal defamation charge.
I researched it some time ago and there have been others in Georgia.
wow

Ranburne, AL

#152 Oct 10, 2012
Question wrote:
I searched the archives. Read your 3 anonymous blogging articles and numerous stories in which numerous people claim that the sheriff is an idiot, but did not see the names of the people who were identified by ip addresses, other than Moats and Henderson.
I'm on that list as well as my mother and a friend. None of us 3 are related to neither Moats or McLendon.

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