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Maryland Judge: Blogger Can’t Use Shield Privilege in Libel Case

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· Story link A district court judge in Maryland ruled that a blogger being sued by a local police chief…

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A district court judge in Maryland ruled that a blogger being sued by a local police chief for defamation is not fully protected by the state’s shield law. Judge Gerald Purnell said the blogger must detail his efforts to verify the content of a letter he posted critical of the chief. He said, however, the blogger, Joseph Albero, did not have to identify the source. (4/10’/08)