An anonymous reader writes: A subpoena issued in Maricopa County, Arizona, requests the domain names and browsing history of everyone who ever went to the website of "The New Times" since Jan 1, 2004. Article excerpts follow:
The scope of the subpoena is unusually broad: It not only demands information from the reporters but also information about all the online readers of the publication since Jan. 1, 2004, including their Internet domain names and browsers and what other Web sites they visited before reading New Times.
Legal experts described the subpoena of New Times records and computer information as frightening, over-reaching and unconstitutional.
"It really is overbroad," said Kenneth Fields, a retired Superior Court judge. "And it touches on privacy issues of a lot of people who cannot be the subject of a grand-jury investigation. This is potentially thousands of people.
James Weinstein, professor of constitutional law at Arizona State University, called the subpoena "exquisitely overbroad" and "outrageous."
Weinstein said he has never seen or heard anything like the subpoena, which orders New Times to produce computer records of every person who has visited the New Times Web site in the past four years. "It has got to be unconstitutional," he said.