Subpoenas to Discover Newspaper Commenters Opposed, Supported

Lawyers from the Baker Donelson firm, representing the Shelby County Commission, have filed a subpoena in federal court asking for the identities of all those who commented on the Commercial Appeal's website about suburban areas trying to create their own school districts. Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck and the newspaper's attorney, Lucian Pera, oppose the subpoena. Several members of the commission expressed surprise and anger after learning this, but other commissioners support the effort, saying it is aimed at finding out whether readers who made racially tinged comments also sought to influence lawmakers spearheading efforts to allow referendums on separate suburban school districts. The Commercial Appeal has the story