Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two degree Pittsburgh: First Amendment Edition

News and developments in the cases against former state rep. Perzel and state sen. Jane Orie, among other things, have me thinking about GrantStreet99.  Remember, it was the senator's sister, then superior court judge and now state supreme court judge Joan Orie Melvin, who filed suit in Virginia of all places to out the clearly local and pseudonymous proto-blogger for various reasons.  

In the end she failed, but not after many years of presumably costly litigation against the extended family of John, Allen, Bruce, Carl, David, Edward, Frank, George, Harry, Irving (Irving?), Kevin, Larry and Jane Doe.  I guess they get points for not sticking to the "J"'s.

The thing is she was not the only one to attempt to rout out those who misbehave on the Internet.  At one point there was the attempt to find out who was behind CasablancaPA.blogspot.com. The argument was that prosecutors thought convicted Mike Veon aide Brett Cox Cott was behind the site and that fact, if true, would have been relevant to his sentencing.  That case was dropped when Cox Cott was sentenced.  I was just checking and CasablancaPA is still posting as of this month even even though some recent news accounts decribe Cox Cott as well ensconced at  a state penitentiary. I can't speak to the possibility one could be blogging from prison.

Truth be told, and one of those things that only time can provide prospective for, but Grantstreet99 provided a rare opposing view on the way things operated in town.  Obnoxious at times no doubt, and biting as all muck reads inevitably are... but I am not sure anyone has quite filled those shoes locally since GS99 faded into the white noise.

Speaking of missing voices in town, and as a student of the uber-connectivity of that which we call Pittsburgh... if you didn't already, go check out who wrote the piece via the very first link above.  It's a great read.  Only in Pittsburgh.


Anonymous MH said...

Infi really slowed down. I think that may have been multiple people, so many some of them went to prison.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

When you say no one has "filled those shoes", do you mean someone anonymous who is avowedly on the inside and who deals in a lot of deep-insiderish things (whose red staplers have gone missing, for example)? I guess that's the legacy from GS99: lawsuits work, if you're willing to sustain the initial negative publicity involved in filing one.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Cott, not Cox

Thursday, September 01, 2011 9:17:00 AM  
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