Ga. Judge Blocks PeachPundit

Ruling affects Friday’s blogging, general contentedness and smart ass commentary
ROME, Ga. – The same federal judge who threw out Georgia’s voter ID law these past two years blocked Erick Erickson Friday from blogging his revised comments on this year’s primary elections.     

The ruling came less than two hours after the debbie0040 denied for the umpteenth time Ralph Reed’s involvement in any scandal whatsoever. 

U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy’s ruling, which he delivered verbally from the bench, was considerably surprising, considering that no lawsuit had ever been filed.

 

Discrimination cited
Murphy said the site’s latest attempt at requiring blogger photo IDs discriminated against Reed supporters who don’t have driver’s licenses, passports or other government IDs and prefer using personalized Bibles and hymnals anyways.

“That is the failure of this website as it stands,” he said.

The judge last October rejected a more stringent voter ID requirement, saying it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax because of the fees associated with getting the required ID. The Legislature this year passed a new law that made the IDs free and available in all counties.

Murphy commended bloggers for addressing the state’s problems regardless if the commentary goes unread but said more work is needed. The latest version still denies citizens equal protection under the law, he said.

“The court never said there cannot be a proper blogger ID law,” he said.

Appeal prospects unknown
Erickson, PeachPundit’s lead attorney, declined to comment on whether the site would appeal. Unless the ruling is reversed, Murphy’s injunction will remain in place through the August runoff elections.

Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and other supporters of the IDs had argued they were needed to prevent blog fraud. Civil rights groups challenged the law in both federal and state court, arguing that it discriminated against poor, elderly and the generally insane bloggers. They also argued that blog fraud in Georgia stems from anonymous blogging, an issue not even addressed by the law.

“They have chosen deliberately to blog only in areas where there was no problem,” Emmett Bondurant, the critics’ lead attorney, told Murphy in court.

Erickson argued that Georgia must restore confidence in the blog system.

“That last statement wasn’t even grammatically correct,” he said. “People are not questioning whether blogging is going on properly.”

He also said the law does not deny Georgians the right to blog, because bloggers may cast an anonymous comment.

On July 7, a county judge issued a temporary order blocking PeachPundit from enforcing a spell check for discussions on the primary and any runoffs.

The Supreme Court’s decision pertained only to that order and does not prevent the case from coming before the high court again.

Activist Blogger Bill Simon contributed by saying, “Personally I blame every incumbent except David Schafer.”

38 comments

  1. Demonbeck says:

    There ought to be some kind of paper trail regardless of the blogger ID issue. I think we can all agree on that.

  2. Broty says:

    The real issue is how do we keep illegal aliens from blogging?

    I say firewall security first.

  3. Broty says:

    So you propose amnesty for illegal alien bloggers? Try telling that to the guy who blogging next to them – when you get 8-9 illegal bloggers trying to use the keyboard at once, property values plummet.

  4. HSC Republican says:

    I think Demon needs to focus on his job or become a writer! Harry Potter will be done with soon! HEHEHEHEHE

  5. bowersville says:

    Amnesty for all current anonymous bloggers first, then the firewall. Besides I should be able to blogg in my dead uncle’s stead. I know how he would have blogged.

  6. UGAMatthew says:

    The real issue is absentee blogging. Do y’all know how many blog away from home. The numbers are stunning; that’s where we really need to be focusing ID laws 😉

  7. Bull Moose says:

    Who is going to stand up and protect the rights of the unborn bloggers? Someone must stand up against aborting the unborn bloggers…

  8. cagle2006 says:

    What is blog fruad. Currently there are no laws dictating blogs. I agree with id for voting, but not a national id card or a federal regulated blog id. neo-cons are people who religiously follow Bush say we should regulate this and that on the internet and other things, but this is the same people who say their for smaller government. I do not get that, then then neo-cons call Democrats and Independent candidates who support protecting american workers and keeping jobs in the US socialists.
    both parties use big government to sway their agendas and the neo-cons in the republican party are no different from John Kerry and Ted Kennedy liberals of the Democratic Party in this case

  9. debbie0040 says:

    Good point Bull Moose. What about the stem cell bloggers? Who will stand up for them? What about the PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) bloggers?

  10. Brian from Ellijay says:

    so we really need to focus on the GOTB, then we will all have a voice. The more bloggers the better.

  11. 4ofspades says:

    Brian,
    Only when we have blogger with brains. Go back to signs where you belong. BTW, RL, as in R. Brian Laurens get a brain, and stick to your signs

  12. Mike says:

    I heard that too much blogging could lead to blindness. Who will protect the rights of blinded bloggers?

  13. bowersville says:

    It’s time to face up to the reality that we have problems in the blogosphere. 1)The dropout rate and education level: There are too many examples of bloggers coming on sight and then droping out, using foul language, and basically demonstrating uneducated opinons (What are you, 12?). A federal unfunded mandate requiring each blog site to establish an education system for bloggers with the intent that each blogger receive proper etiquette training and educational training to insure “no blogger left behind” should by promptly initiated. 2) BUI (blogging under the influence): Anyone even suspected of BUI should have their blogging priviledges suspended for 30 days, with the requirment of successful completion of a stated mandated BUI class educating them of the dangers of BUI. Plus the attacthment of a breathilyzer, which they will have to pass before getting behind the keyboard. 3) BA (Blogging Anonymous): All anonymous bloggers will voluntarily attend BA classes and admit they are anonymous. This should help cure them.

    I don’t know why this activist judge did not address these serious issues.

  14. Mad Dog says:

    What about a rating system for blogs?

    Or prime time blogging?

    It’s 10 pm! Do you know where your children are blogging?

  15. Mike says:

    Confession: I’ve been up all night blogging. I can’t stop. I’ve been a part of serveral 3 way blogs……even with other guys. The shame is unbearable. My wife a kids barely know me anymore. I hate the person I’ve become. I’m seriously considering pulling the plug and ending it all. This could be my last blog. I need help.

  16. debbie0040 says:

    Mike, there is a support group that can provide help for you. It is called Bloggers Anonymous or BA 🙂

  17. Mike says:

    Hey guys. All that stuff I said….just a joke(especially the part about the 3 way). I’m fine. Really. I don’t have a problem. OK….so I’ve had to start using the pen in mouth technique for typing due to massive, irreversable I fear, hand cramping. Bottom line: I blog becuase I enjoy it, not because I have to. I’m really OK. So how bout that Cynthia McKinney? Is she crazy or what?

  18. debbie0040 says:

    You can’t take what any of us said in this thread serious. I was j ust joking Mike 🙂 There is no BA.

    Cynthia McKinney is not crazy just arrogant and egotistical.

  19. Dorabill says:

    How about a breathalyzer, mini biometric i.d. screen for every button on the keyboard, and webcam hooked into the cpu? And all for under $1000.00. The key here would be to outlaw the Alfred E. Neuman mask first. Until then I’ll try to hold my own against the Mexi-bloggers.

  20. debbie0040 says:

    Outlawing the Alfred E Neuman mask is going too far. I still read MAD from time to time . Just a habit I picked up in high school and have not outgrown it..

  21. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Steve Handel quit attacking people. This is the non attack thread. See another thread to attack me, I am sure you will like my posts about your liberal wife.

    BTW, I will be out in force against you and your liberal wife for the next weeks.

    As far as RL, I have no idea who that is but if you compare his posts to mine as I have done to you and how many other SNs now, you will see no similarity on candidates or syntax. Just because you are to stupid to not say the same things under many differnt names does not mean that everyone else is using multiple names. Get a life.

  22. debbie0040 says:

    Brian, you lose what credibility you have left when you attack Karen as being liberal. People that know Karen knows that is not true.

    No more attacks on this thread unless it pertains to the blogger id law 🙂

  23. Bill Simon says:

    Brain,

    You and you alone will be out “in force?”…Do you have a gerbil in your pocket? ‘Cause that’s the only way this sentence from you makes sense: I will be out in force against you.

  24. gatormathis says:

    Ahhhhhh……but the question today…….. is as in the past,
    “To BLOGGGGG……….or NOT TO BLOGGGGG……….
    THAT is the question”

  25. debbie0040 says:

    At least he did not say, ” The force is with me” 🙂 Or “I am learning the ways of the force”.

  26. Dorabill says:

    I just wouldn’t want people to “mask” their intentions here. It’s not really the opinions/ideas that matter. It’s name and address and zip code. I guess if Reed supporters are against the liscence thing I should be for it, right? If people without a liscence want to blog they should go get a national blogger i.d. or some kind of free speech bloggo zone permit thingee. If they enforce a spell check would I need to start minding my Ps and Qs? Mabe an electric shocker on the wrist pad? HAHAHA. I don’t even use a wrist pad. What, me worry?

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