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Anonymous commenter comes forward, identifies herself

A longtime GOP activist and former aide to Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth has come forward and identified herself as “AlmostInnocentBystander,” the anonymous commenter on the Huckleberries Online blog whose comment about Kootenai County GOP Chair Tina Jacobson triggered a lawsuit from Jacobson. Linda Cook said Monday that she posted the comment; The Spokesman-Review had been ordered by a court to identify the commenter by Tuesday.

“I would say this is exactly what the First Amendment is about,” said Cook, 54, of Rathdrum, reports S-R reporter Meghann Cuniff. “If you know that someone will come and sue you, which is an expensive proposition, but what you’re bringing out is a matter of public interest, shouldn’t you be able to speak anonymously?” You can read Cuniff's full story here at spokesman.com.
  


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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