Tina Jacobsen
Back in early May Seattle Weekly 's Rick Anderson posted to Daily Weekly about Idaho Republican leader Tina Jacobson, who is seeking to


Identities of Commenters at Heart of Tina Jacobson's Defamation Lawsuit Still a Mystery ... at Least for Now

Tina Jacobsen
Back in early May Seattle Weekly's Rick Anderson posted to Daily Weekly about Idaho Republican leader Tina Jacobson, who is seeking to out several anonymous commenters on a Spokesman Review blog, alleging that these nameless voices were involved or witness to an attempt to defame her by suggesting she embezzled $10,000 from her party.

Late last week First District Court Judge John Luster heard arguments on the matter from Jacobson's lawyer and a lawyer representing the Spokesman Review. In a case that's now making national news because of its potential implications, the Spokesman Review seeks to keep the identities of its online commenters a secret - citing the First Amendment.

Specifically, Luster will decide whether to quash a subpoena calling for the Spokesman Review and its owner to release the identities of three commenters on Dave Oliveria's Huckleberries Online blog - a motion filed by the paper.

According to the Coeur d'Alene Press Luster has not set a date for his decision on the matter.

From the Coeur d'Alene Press:

Jacobson's attorney, Matthew Andersen, said the Huckleberries commenter who goes by "almostinnocentbystander" posted statements on the blog that accused Jacobson of stealing $10,000 from the party. The commenter's posts on Feb. 14 - while Jacobson still chaired the Kootenai County Republican Party Central Committee - were later taken down by Oliveria.

The other two commenters go by the names "Phaedrus" and "OutofStaterTater."

According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, Jacobson has also filed a lawsuit against Spokesman Review commenter "almostinnocent," the online presence behind the comments that started this whole fiasco.

More from the Coeur d'Alene Press:

Whoever "almostinnocent" is, she or he posted the comment, "Is that the missing $10,000 from Kootenai County Central Committee funds actually stuffed inside Tina's blouse??? Let's not try to find out."

A couple hours later, "almostinnocent" chimed in again, saying Jacobson "is not allowing the treasurer report to go into the minutes (which seems common practice)."

He or she added, "a whole Boat load of money is missing and Tina won't let anyone see the books. Doesn't she make her living as a bookkeeper? Did you just see where Idaho is high on the list for embezzlement? Not that any of that is related or anything..."

While we're citing online commenters, as a commenter mentioned in Anderson's original post noted of this developing story: "Cool... this should be fun to watch..."

It's an assessment that still holds true.

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