The lawsuit is also seeking e-mail addresses and phone numbers associated with MPD Enforcer 2.0.
Police manager Larry Godwin and the city are the ones behind the lawsuit. The bloggers use the name of a porn star from the movie “Boogie Nights,” Dirk Diggler to make posts. The blog also encourages others with similar views to e-mail them. There has also been an online petition calling for Godwin’s resignation.
Why all the fuss? The blog is critical of Godwin’s job performance. Because the lawsuit is sealed details are not allowed to be on public record.
As Amos Maki of CommercialAppeal.com notes, “[it isn’t] clear if the lawsuit is aimed at shutting down the site or if it’s part of an effort to stop leaks that might affect investigations.”
The operators of the blog have retained the services of Paul Alan Levy to represent them in the case. Levy is a well known First Amendment lawyer.
The Blog does seem to have inside information about the department. One of the posts quoted Godwin about moving officers who make repeated complaints.
“We’re looking for a pattern,” Godwin said. “Sometimes drug dealers and others will keep filing complaints just to try to cause an officer trouble. We investigate those claims and watch the officer to see if there is a problem and if early intervention might solve it.”
If Godwin wins what will that precedent do for other bloggers who are tired of red tape or bad management at their jobs? Does that mean bloggers will not be allowed to speak or fear a lawsuit?
I am sure there will be much more to come as this lawsuit steps forward.