If you post comments on PennLive, you might get called to the Superintendent’s office

On March 7, 2014, Dr. Susan Kegerise, superintendent of the Susquehanna Township School District, filed a Notice of Intention to Serve a Subpeona.  The Notice, issued by her counsel Jason Kutulakis, Esq., would order PennLive to produce “Any and all identifying information for PennLive users for those who commented on the attached articles and usemames/screen names moderatecommonsense, DumbandDumber and Hamburger.”

Dr. Kegerise then attached 44 separate articles, demanding that PennLive reveal the identities of EVERYONE who posted comments, regardless of the relevance of the comments.

Oddly, the Notice of Intention to Serve Subpoena came four days AFTER Mr. Sussman and Mr. Rawls dropped their federal litigation against Dr. Kegerise.

Are township residents paying for the subpoena?  Payments to Abom & Kutulakis (the superintendent’s PERSONAL attorney) have been in the news and on the STSD Board agenda (see top item on page 4).

Will PennLive take issue with this Subpoena?  A hint might have come yesterday when coincidentally PennLive ran a small blurb by John Micek: “A Philly judge’s ruling could give pause to the legions of online commenters who gather on PennLive every day (Note: We’d fight anything like this).”  [Look for the blurb immediately following the sub-headline "The rest of the day's news starts here."]

If PennLive fights the subpoena, are the taxpayers required to pay for the fight, even though the underlying litigation was already dropped?

The relevant documents are below:

Notice of Intention to Serve Subpoena – Kegerise

Attachments to the Subpoena

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