Last month we told you about MauiTime publisher Tommy Russo, who was involved in a dustup with police after he attempted to film a live taping of Dog the Bounty Hunter on public property. Russo posted a video of the incident on the paper’s website, which drew some supportive, if rough comments.
“The MPD,” one comment read, “the ONLY reason I own a LARGE CALIBRE, high powered rifle. Who needs criminals with this bunch of dog eating public menaces running around. Johnson needs a bullet when he walks out his door.”
Police used that comment as a pretext to subpoena MauiTime‘s records, supposedly to find the IP address of the commenter. The paper resisted, and was preparing to go to court over the matter. Until last week.
Writes the MauiTime:
MauiTime was preparing for an evidentiary hearing scheduled for June 30 in Judge Joseph Cardoza’s courtroom when we received Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John E. Tam’s June 21 letter. “We have been advised by the Maui Police Department that they have been able to identify a person living on Maui who uses the name “Federal Reserve” on communications to the public,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John E. Tam wrote to MauiTime attorney Philip H. Lowenthal on June 21. “Please therefore advise your client that the subpoena duces tacem that was issued for information on this posted comment is hereby immediately withdrawn.”
On June 23, Lowenthal and fellow attorneys Benjamin E. Lowenthal and Samuel G. MacRoberts filed a notice of withdrawal of our motion to quash the subpoena, officially ending the matter.