You might remember Tom Rich, a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville who began blogging anonymously about some of the disturbing things he saw going on in that church. A local sheriff’s deputy, who also served on the church pastor’s security staff, opened an investigation to subpoena the name of the blogger from Google — despite the fact that no crime had even remotely been committed.
Rich has now settled his lawsuit against the city for $50,000 and an agreement that the sheriff’s department would train all personnel in First Amendment issues. Sounds a little light to me. I’d like to have seen the city get nailed hard to keep them from doing it again. But Rich is happy with it.