Government orders website to turn over info on anonymous commenters

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The Justice Department (DOJ) is sticking it to Reason.com, the website of a prominent libertarian magazine by the same name, to reveal information about anonymous commenters who trash-talked the judge involved in the Silk Road case.

In the comments section of a post discussing the trial, a group of angry commenters suggested that the judge be "taken out back and shot" or perhaps put through a woodchipper, Fargo-style. The DOJ subpoenaed Reason for "any and all identifying information" pertaining to the comment authors.

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.