Derry School Board member Maryellen Sheehan files suit to find identity of PennLive poster using alias “derryright”

I say bravo. If she wins, maybe it will cut down on cowards hiding behind alias and lead to more substantive debate.

Judge Turgeon heard the lower (Common Pleas, Civil) case, DN: 2011-CV-10498-CV

DeLuce, David W. is derryright’s attorney.

Druby, Richard Brian is Maryellen’s.

Staudenmaier, Craig James is PL’s

The appellant briefs are due September 27.
Sheehan v PennLive derryright

I am interested in seeing what the “cost” of hosting anonymous posting becomes. I predict derryright and/or PL will offer a settlement to Sheehan to make this go away. But…I can’t see Sheehan wanting or needing a financial settlement. Nor can I see how (or why) any site found liable for anonymous blather can afford to protect said anonymity, without charging the anonymous something for its trouble. Pass the popcorn and grab a good seat. I continue to hope the anonymous posting cloud I have been fighting for years, will soon dry up. The quality of PL posts will improve as soon as we all own our comments, like I always have, and like derryright may soon, if justice is done.


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2 Responses to Derry School Board member Maryellen Sheehan files suit to find identity of PennLive poster using alias “derryright”

  1. Sean Collins says:

    Just another attack on free speech. Yawn…


    • steventodd says:

      Free speech is fine, Sean. But I recall that post accused Sheehan of stealing money from a charitable organization. If that is true, that is not free speech; it is not and should not be protected. It is libelous and slander and illegal…and ridiculous in its cowardice and irreverence.


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