Pennsylvania... AG Tom Corbett Subpoenas Twitter Demanding the Release of Bloggers' Names in Corruption Investigation!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:36pm.

Harrisburg... The state attorney general's office has issued a subpoena threatening officials of the social networking service Twitter with arrest unless they reveal the names of two bloggers who have been critical of Attorney General Tom Corbett and his public corruption investigation. (What's happening here?!? Since when is the public restricted from exposing corruption?... K E E P W A T C H I N G !  ~ S.I.A) 

The subpoena orders Twitter's custodian of records to provide "any and all subscriber information" pertaining to the accounts "bfbarbie" and "CasablancaPA," including name, address, contact information, creation date, and Internet protocol address.

The accounts have criticized Corbett's use of grand juries, suggesting he used the investigations for political gain and to go after political opponents.

The Twitter representative was supposed to appear before the statewide investigating grand jury on May 14 to "give evidence regarding alleged violations of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The court document does not specify what crime is being investigated.

The subpoena, issued May 6, further states that failure to attend may result in an arrest warrant for contempt of court. It is not clear whether Twitter has turned over the information.

Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV that the court action "raises grave concerns about abuse of the grand jury process to retaliate against political critics and opponents." He said Americans "have a right to criticize government officials and to do so anonymously."

Corbett, who won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night, told the television station that he doesn't have any problem with people criticizing him on Twitter.

He refused to discuss the nature of the subpoena, however, stating that the investigation prevents him from discussing the matter.

Myles Snyder - May 20, 2010 - source WHTMNews

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:36pm.