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Anonymous commenter hit with lawsuit

Former Las Vegas Chief Deputy District Attorney Mary Brown and her husband, defense attorney Phil Brown, filed a complaint against an anonymous reader who commented on an online newspaper article that Mary Brown “had sexual relations in order to get promoted.” (Source). The Browns claim that the comment is false and harmed their reputations, as well as caused them emotional distress.

The Browns served a subpoena to the newspaper for the identity of the anonymous commenter. An attorney for the anonymous commenter said that anonymous speech is protected by the First Amendment and is looking to quash the subpoena.

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