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Star seeks rehearing on order to identify online commenter

December 14, 2012

The Indianapolis Star is asking the Court of Appeals to reconsider its order issued Dec.7 that required the newspaper to release the name of an online commenter Friday to a plaintiff who claims the remarks defamed him.

Star attorney Jan Carroll said a petition for rehearing was filed with the Court on Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, no ruling on the request had been issued.

A divided panel of the Court of Appeals declined to continue a stay that had been granted from Marion Superior Judge S.K. Reid’s order requiring The Star and other media to disclose commenters’ identities after Jeffrey Miller, former CEO of Junior Achievement of Indiana, sued multiple parties for defamation and sought to add people who made anonymous comments on news organization websites that ran stories about Miller and JA.

Miller is demanding The Star identify a commenter on its website whose screen name was DownWithTheColts.

Carroll declined to discuss whether The Star might seek transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court if it is denied a rehearing by the COA.  

 

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