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Settlement in Steubenville blogger lawsuit
High school wanted identities of blog posters
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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A settlement has been announced in a lawsuit that pitted a blogger against a high school student.
Settlement in Steubenville blogger lawsuit

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Cody Saltsman and his family had filed a defamation suit against blogger Alexandria Goddard. They sought to learn the identities of people who posted on her blog about a rape investigation involving two high school football players from Steubenville.

The players were charged in August after a girl's parents reported a sexual assault to police.

Saltsman sued after anonymous blog posters alleged he may have been involved in the incident, but not charged. Scott Greenwood, an attorney for the ACLU of Ohio, calls the settlement a victory for both sides.

“We think that more speech is the solution to speech that offends us, not less speech. Certainly not to punish speakers, but to have everybody compete equally in the marketplace of ideas. And the way to do that is for this young man to have the same opportunity to rebut some of the comments that have been made about him in the same place as the commenters made them. So they should treat that as a real victory themselves too.”

Under terms of the settlement, Saltsman's family dropped their lawsuit and the attempt to learn the posters' identities.
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