(Bloomberg) — U.S. prosecutors prevailed in their request to seek information about subscribers to an anti-Trump website allegedly linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
A judge in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday ordered DreamHost LLC, the host of the website disruptj20.org, to comply with a government warrant seeking information about the site's subscribers. The government says the site was used to recruit and organize hundreds of people who rioted in the city on Jan. 20, the day President Donald Trump was sworn in, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over nearly two dozen city blocks.
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Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that DreamHost was obligated to turn over subscriber data, but that prosecutors would have to tell the judge which data it intended to seize. The judge said he would oversee the use of the data to make sure the government's seizure was limited to individuals linked to the riots and not people who merely posted messages or communicated with others through the site.
"I'm trying to balance the First Amendment protections and the government's need for this information," Morin said. "My view here is that this best protects both legitimate interests."
Morin denied DreamHost's request to put his ruling on hold until they could appeal his decision.
The ruling on Thursday came after
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