Another IMC served Subpeona for IP Logs

On May 8, the owner of the Ohio Valley IMC domain was served with a subpoena directing him to appear before an Ohio grand jury this Friday, and to hand over server log information related to a particular article posted to their open-publishing newswire. This development comes as the Seattle IMC remains burdened with an FBI court order seeking the surrender of server logs, also in relation to newswire postings.


On May 8, the owner of the Ohio Valley IMC domain was served with a subpoena directing him to appear before an Ohio grand jury this Friday, and to hand over server log information related to a particular article posted to their open-publishing newswire. This development comes as the Seattle IMC remains burdened with an FBI court order seeking the surrender of server logs, also in relation to newswire postings.

Unlike the court order served to the Seattle IMC, the Ohio Valley subpoena was not issued under seal, and the server log request applied to a single
post rather than to two days of website traffic.

The posting in question at the Ohio Valley IMC includes what might be interpreted as an implied threat to Cincinnati Police Officer Steve Roach.

On May 7, Officer Roach was indicted by a Hamilton County, Ohio grand jury on misdemenor counts of Negligent Homicide and Obstructing Official Business for his role in the April 7 shooting of Timothy Thomas. If convicted on both counts, Roach faces a maximum of nine months in jail.

The Thomas shooting, the latest in a string of Cincinnati police shootings of young black men, sparked a wave of protests in the city. The grand jury’s decision is widely seen as a mere slap on the wrist, and has provoked further protests.

The owner of the ovimc.org is currently in consultation with lawyers and activists who have been dealing with the recent federal request for logs from the Seattle IMC site.

According to a post at the Ohio Valley IMC, the request is for naught, as the “custom written software [for the site]
doesn’t keep IP logs, or ANY tracking information for that matter”.

For updates to this story, check in with the Ohio Valley IMC.

[also see related articles:

Gag Order Lifted; IMC in Free Speech Battle Following FBI/Secret Service Visit

Sustained and Varied Protests in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The Right to Rebel in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Cop gets 2 Misdemeanors for Killing UnArmed Black Youth ]

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