Grand Jury Subpoena Power. Or Abuse.

Not-sure-if-trolling-or-just-stupidReason.com gets subpoenaed after its story on the Silk Road case draws threatening trolls… .

In this courtroom sketch U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest reads transcripts of speeches made by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, during Mustafa's sentencing Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in New York where the Islamic cleric convicted of terrorism charges in a 1998 kidnapping that killed four tourists in Yemen and in failed plans to build a terrorist training camp in the U.S. was sentenced to life in prison. Forrest called Mustafa's actions "barbaric, misguided and wrong" and read aloud the names of his victims, saying: "With the passage of time, their names have not been lost." (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Commentary varies.

Hotair.com:

Further, there’s actually a valid reason for this. Taking any human life is evil, but when you go after an elected official, a cop or a judge, you are attacking the system of justice and the rule of law which keep us from falling into anarchy and oblivion. It’s a serious thing and law enforcement treats it as such.

Understood.  But trolling is just that.  There is no valid threat.  You have to have intent, so you’re not likely to get an indictment.  So, why?

Popehat.com:

Or how much it will cost you to hire a lawyer to defend yourself against an obviously meritless investigation, for speaking your mind in a manner that no one, except a wet-behind-the-ears mutton-headed Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who should be defenestrated through a plate glass window for wasting taxpayer dollars on a frivolous investigation of mere internet braggadocio and hyperbole, would read as anything other than mere internet braggadocio and hyperbole. about the wrong people. People like Eli Manning, or a federal judge who issued an incredibly harsh sentence in a very political case?

But ask whether that’s an internet, or for that matter a country, in which you wish to live.

This is Obama’s Justice Department, lest we forget… .

More:

http://popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Revised-Grand-Jury-Subpoena.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/business/preet-bharara-and-federal-judges-trade-barbs-and-some-fear-consequences.html?src=relcon&moduleDetail=lda-articles-0&action=click&contentCollection=DealBook®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&configSection=article&isLoggedIn=false&pgtype=article

http://www.wired.com/2015/06/feds-want-id-web-trolls-threatened-silk-road-judge/

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/06/09/the-war-on-free-speech-u-s-department-of-justice-subpoenas-reason-com-over-comment-section/

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-10/war-free-speech-accelerates-doj-subpoenas-reasoncom-over-comment-section