Police Out Blogger on Behalf of Megachurch’s Ideological Purity Purge
Can the police out anonymous bloggers to private citizens even if they fail to uncover any evidence of a crime, or even threats of a crime? Can a Megachurch use police subpoenas, which are themselves hidden from public scrutiny, to expose and purge internal critics from its congregation?
According to Jacksonville, Florida, they can. Even if the investigating officer in question has a clear conflict of interest (i.e. a church member and security detail member for the very pastor the blogger was criticizing).
HT: Ed Brayton @ Dispatches, who is similarly disturbed by the whole saga.