Subpoenas Handed Out To Vegas Paper

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The Washington Post has reported that a Nevada newspaper has been served a grand jury federal subpoena to reveal the identities of commenters on its website. The newspaper editor is fighting the request.

The editor, Thomas Mitchell, received the subpoena after his paper covered the prosecution of business owner Robert Kahre in a federal tax fraud case. He is quoted as saying that anonymous speech, including online comments, is “a fundamental and historic part of this country,” but that his publication might cooperate if specific crimes or threats were a factor.

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