City drops petition against controversial blogger

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The city of Memphis has voluntarily dismissed its petition against the person behind the blog MPD Enforcer 2.0, according to a press release from Mayor Herenton's office.

MPD Enforcer 2.0 is often highly critical of Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and his leadership of the Memphis Police Department.

In July, Godwin and the city of Memphis filed a petition against internet service provider AOL, demanding the company turn over information about the person using an email address identified to be that of the blog's creator.  Much of the case was sealed in Shelby County Chancery Court by Chancellor Kenny Armstrong.

A of the petition copy was also filed in Loudon County, Va., where AOL is based. Due to an apparent mistake, that version was not sealed

The petition claimed a post on the blog identified an undercover officer, endangering not only the life of that officer, but the officer's family and fellow officers.  It also argued the blogger caused irreparable harm by using the city of Memphis' Blue CRUSH trademark in parody.

Monday's press release from Mayor Herenton's office said the primary goal of the petition was to protect the identity of the undercover officer, and the blogger has agreed to comply with the city's request to remove the photo.

"All other matters in the suit have been dismissed without prejudice," the release read.

The release also emphasized that, "At no point in time did the city seek to shut down the blog's criticism of any City official or attempt to raise any defamation claims in the petition."

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