Critics of Police Ordered Not to Mention the Name of a Particular Policeman
I blogged last week about a motion to unseal filed on my behalf (by Jeffrey M. Nye [Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson]) in this case. Since then, I’ve found out more about it—and in some ways, it’s even more troubling than before.
[1.] The backstory: WKRC (James Pilcher) reported:
A veteran Cincinnati police officer sued several citizens in early July, accusing them of defamation in a closely watched case that could be the beginning of a trend of police officers going after critics in court.
Several citizens accused the officer of possibly being associated with white supremacy or of being racist after spotting a video and picture of him allegedly flashing the “ok” sign at a City Council meeting … held to address concerns by those in the Black Lives Matter Movement….
The officer’s lawyers were able to get the records sealed and the officer’s name replaced by a pseudonym (the court hearings are still open to the public).
They took that step after arguing that some online wrote they knew where the officer lived – information gained from public sources such as the county auditor’s website.
The online posters never published that information, but the lawyers argued it could lead to “doxing” – or releasing personal information that could lead to harassment at the officer’s home….
[2.] Since then I’ve learned that the case file was never formally sealed; the Clerk’s Office just erroneously treated it as sealed. That’s been cleared up, and it’s now clear that only two things have been sealed: (a) the name of the officer, instead of which a pseudonym is be
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