Commenters Steamed Over Shelby Subpoena

Whoever posts at commercialappeal.com under the name “Timeout” is steamed at the Shelby County Commission, and he’s far from alone. So reports the Commercial Appeal:
At 2:33 p.m. Monday, Timeout posted his thoughts on the commission’s controversial 8-5 vote to support a subpoena seeking to force the newspaper to reveal the identities of anonymous commenters on its website.
“What’s next? … Will drones with listening devices be flown around my house? Background investigations for those who have put up pro-muni signs in their yards? Why are some of the commissioners acting as if they are taking direction from Vladimir Putin?”
Timeout’s rant joins nearly 1,200 other posts on the newspaper’s website since the subpoena story first broke Sunday. A majority of those comments are highly critical of the commission’s actions.
The subpoena arose as part of the federal court motion the commission’s attorneys filed in June to block the referendums on separate school districts for Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington. In that motion, attorneys argued that those behind the referendums are trying to discriminate by carving out majority white suburban districts from the new unified school system
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