This post is a corrected version.
Somebody in the Bronx District Attorney’s office (nobody is taking credit for this foolishness) claims to have been investigating some poorly written death threats. (source) In the process, they issued a subpoena to the New York Political Blog Room 8 for the identity of some anonymous commenters.
The First Amendment protects an individual’s right to speak anonymously. See McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Comm’n, 514 U.S. 334, 342 (1995) (“[A]n author’s decision to remain anonymous . . . is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.”). Naturally, that freedom is not absolute, and a death threat
The petty little nazi who issued this subpoena wanted to make sure that he didn’t get whacked with a Streisand-Dozier effect so, for good anti-First Amendment measure, he added this line to the subpoena:
DO NOT DISCLOSE THE EXISTENCE OF THIS REQUEST BUT UPON THE ORDER OF A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION. ANY SUCH DISCLOSURE COULD IMPEDE THE INVESTIGATION BEING CONDUCTED AND THEREBY INTERFERE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Not on Paul Alan Levy’s watch! Paul (today’s First Amendment Bad Ass Award Winner) jumped into action and gave the Bronx D.A. a royal PWNING. They have since retracted the subpoena and run off into the corner like the scummy little roaches they are.