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‘Freedom of Speech’ rally kicks of tomorrow at Denton’s in Benton

By: 31 May 2012 No Comment

If you’re looking to kick off your weekend with some good times while making a statement about the value of free speech, head on down to Denton’s Back Porch in Benton on Friday.

What’s going on at Denton’s? MySaline.com is hosting a Freedom of Speech rally in hopes of raising some cash to help pay the legal expenses associated with being dragged through the courts system. Yes, three Bryant aldermen — Adrian Henley, Brenda Miller and Danny Steele — filed a defamation suit in February against a bunch of unknown defendants who had allegedly said mean things about the politicians on the social networking site.

While MySaline isn’t being sued, site founder Shelli Russell had to hire an attorney to represent her in this mess. The thin-skinned aldermen filed a subpoena asking Russell to produce site logs so that the plaintiffs could dig around and find out the identities of the anonymous forum posters who are responsible for the allegedly defamatory comments.

Russell — relying on the ever inconvenient First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — has decided to fight the subpoena in an attempt to keep those site logs to herself and respect the privacy of her site members. Ah, but legal battles take money and how’s a small business owner supposed to cover court costs when facing this kind of nonsense? How about a rally featuring KARN radio 102.9 FM/1290 AM’s Dave Elswick, a comedian and some local bands?

So, if you want to have some fun tomorrow night and show your support for a Saline County resident dealing with a bunch of nonsense, head on out to Denton’s Trotline at 2150 Congo Road in Benton. Elswick will broadcast live starting at 2 p.m and the comedian and bands will follow in the evening. There’s no cover, so why not donate the money you’ll save on the fun-filled event to Russell’s legal fund?

If you want to read more about the rally, click here. If you want to read more about the lawsuit, click here.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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