Duke University has issued a subpoena seeking a blogger’s notes and correspondence, and the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press has filed an amicus brief urging the court to quash the subpoena.
The underlying case is McFadyen & Carrington v. Duke University, which stems from the Duke lacrosse scandal. The subpoena is aimed at blogger, author, and history professor KC Johnson (formally, Robert David Johnson).
Johnson’s blog is Durham-in-Wonderland.
The brief was filed in federal court in Maine. With RFCP filing the brief are the Maine Press Association, MaineToday Media Inc., Bangor Publishing Co., and the Maine Association of Broadcasters.