Friday, August 10, 2012
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COVINGTON -- Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has asked for the anonymous web commenters to be dismissed from her civil suit.Her attorney Stephanie Lindsey filed a motion in Newton County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, asking that the eight "John Does," identified by their web IDs on the Newton Citizen website, be dismissed without prejudice from her defamation suit.
The eight are MsLoy, bluedeyeddevil, amp72, newtoncountyparent, watermelonlover, beautifulblueeyes, Satan69 and KBeet.
Defendant Jeff Meadors, vice chair of the Newton County Board of Education, would remain in the suit. He has denied that he has made any defamatory statements about the plaintiff.
Lindsey said Friday that she has "no comment for the Newton Citizen" about why the bloggers were dismissed.
Originally, 11 "John Does" were identified in the suit, and it was later amended to include eight, as well as Meadors. In April, Lindsey subpoenaed the Citizen to supply identifying information about the web commenters, but in July, Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton granted a motion to stop the subpoena. The judge said the newspaper could be re-subpoenaed in the future if Lindsey cannot identify web posters by other means if the comments proved to be defamatory.
Lindsey held a deposition Thursday morning to Shannon Black, who claimed two of the identities. Lindsey said she was arranging a deposition for Meadors.