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A former Lawrence school board member’s request for disclosure of the names of anonymous Internet critics has been rebuffed by a state judge, who ruled that the comments were protected speech.

In a proceeding for pre-action discovery, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Marcy S. Friedman found that Google, the Internet service provider hosting the blog “Orthomom,” did not have to disclose the identities of blogger Orthomom or of the anonymous users who posted allegedly defamatory comments on the site about Pamela Greenbaum.

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