Hundreds who posted views on sex assault trial targeted in Tarrant

FORT WORTH — Hundreds of people who posted their opinions of a sexual assault trial in an online forum are now the targets of a lawsuit.

The authors of those comments on a Web site thought they were anonymous, but this week, a judge ruled their names should be revealed.

The WFAA reporter characterizes the comments as “too graphic to be included in this story.”  I imagine anyone who has ever browsed mainstream internet forums have run across the same kind of thing. 

I’m certainly not defending the comments made on this particular forum.  But, it truly bothers me to find out that commenters can be sued for making supposedly anonymous comments.

Still, the burden of proof will be on the plaintiffs, and absent malice, the case is by no means a slam dunk.  But who know how a sympathetic jury may rule?  And, what effect would such a ruling have on blogs and forums? 

We shall see.

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Weekend at El Nuko’s, and Spring is getting ready to bust out all over the place.

The community gourd guy reports purple martins have made their annual arrival.  That’s a sure sign.

This morning, I saw a couple of robins in the yard, scrounging for bugs and such.  That’s a sure sign.

The temp on the courtyard thermometer reads 73o. That sign speaks pretty clearly.

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So, I fired up the grill, and with the help of the granddaughters, put together a feast of hamburgers and deer sausage. Mmmmmmm, Dang.

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