Federal appeals court says bloggers have same 1st Amendment rights as journalists

Gotta love it don’t-cha when OUR judiciary affirms what we already KNOW to be the TRUTH according to the CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES… that we Citizen (yes, Citizen with a capital “C”.) journalists have the same CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS as “real” journalists… tell me just for clarification WHAT makes someone a “real” journalists…hmmmm?

Fellowship of the Minds


Two years ago, a federal judge in Oregon made a shocking ruling that sent chills down the spine of all bloggers.

Crystal L. Cox, a blogger from Eureka, Mont. who now lives in Port Townshend, was sued for defamation by attorney Kevin Padrick when she posted online that he was a thug and a thief in the handling of bankruptcy proceedings by him and Obsidian Finance Group LLC.

Padrick, of Bend, Ore., was a trustee in a bankruptcy case involving Summit Accommodators, a company that helped property owners conduct real estate transactions in a way to limit taxes. Three company executives faced federal fraud and money laundering indictments.

Cox said she considered herself a journalist, producing more than 400 blogs over the past five years, with a proprietary technique to get her postings on the top of search engines where they get the most notice.

But on December 7, 2011,

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About KellyAnn Hicks-Digby

My hubster & I have been married for almost 35 yrs (seems like yesterday). We are empty-nesters with 2 handsome sons & 2 beautiful daughters-in-law. We also have a large adopted family that are very special to us! I am a not-so-perfect Christian-in-the-making, a wife, a mother, professional Chef, writer & paralegal. I went to college at 50 and graduated with my Bachelors degree 4 years later. We moved to S.C. 7 years ago and love our new home and the Southern culture and our friends and family. I love chocolate, cheesecake and putting a smile on folks & family's faces by creating special meals and sweet treats for them. My passion is to find the best darn chocolate and eat it all! Life cannot & should not exist without great chocolate! Life is short eat dessert first! Till next time ya'll!
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