I was going to tell you about a little problem I had in June that concluded last Friday, but I have reconsidered. This has been one of the hardest things I have had to do since starting this blog, since there's nothing more that I would like to do than to go public about this and let the individual who subpoenaed me suffer a little Streisand Effect in return for the considerable legal costs I have incurred.
I can tell you I was subpoenaed for a discovery deposition about one of my posts on this blog. I was not named as a party in the suit occurring in Cook County Circuit Court here in Illinois, mind you. Rather, the plantiff thought for sure that I knew one of the anonymous commenters on my blog. I did not. They insisted that I take down the post on my blog. I have not. They asked that I remove the comments identifying individuals on my blog. I have not and will not. They wanted me to take down an image I posted on my blog. It still stands.
After three trips for my lawyers before the Cook County Cicuit Court in late summer and fall of this year at considerable expense, my motion to quash the subpoena was rendered "moot" after the suit upon which it was based was dismissed in court.
So why do I let you know this?
Because of the circumstances that took place are important for bloggers to be aware of their potential for such legal actions, not dissimilar to that suffered by Karen Seidel of Neurodiversity.com, just on the basis of anonymous commentary on your blog. The implications of this are chilling.
But I am also aware that I reside in Illinois, sometimes jokingly referred to as the "Land of Lawyers" rather than the "Land of Lincoln." Regrettably, I have no formal legal background and am therefore at a distinct disadvantage in court proceedings should the individual cry foul if I went public and drag me back to court again crying about some defamation claim. Sure, sure, my post is written and contains all kinds of documents pertaining to the suit and the other individual's prior activities, but it just ain't worth the potential hassle right now.
Rather, I'm going to let these guys handle it. I gave them all my info. Including the contents of that other blog post.
Trust me, that's going to be a lot more fun to watch.