A Wailuku publisher is invoking Hawaii's journalist shield law to oppose efforts by the Maui police and prosecutors to subpoena information about his newspaper's online commenters.
"In our view, it's an outrageous use of a grand jury subpoena, especially in light of the journalist's privilege,"
"But that has not inhibited the government from using the grand jury proceedings to further intimidate and harass Mr. Russo, presumably to discourage the dialogue that has been generated by the assault story," they wrote. "This is precisely what the First Amendment seeks to prevent." said attorney Sam MacRoberts.
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