Crazy tale out of Alabama of a hornet-nest-shaking local blogger, Roger Shuler, who is currently sitting in a jail cell as a result of his work:
But even those who longed for his muzzling, and there are many, did not see it coming like this: with Mr. Shuler sitting in jail indefinitely, and now on the list of imprisoned journalists worldwide kept by the Committee to Protect Journalists. There, in the company of jailed reporters in China, Iran and Egypt, is Mr. Shuler, the only person on the list in the Western Hemisphere.
A former sports reporter and a former employee in a university’s publications department, Mr. Shuler, 57, was arrested in late October on a contempt charge in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed by the son of a former governor. The circumstances surrounding that arrest, including a judge’s order that many legal experts described as unconstitutional and behavior by Mr. Shuler that some of the same experts described as self-defeating posturing, have made for an exceptionally messy test of constitutional law.
Being a crappy, rumormongering journalist—one who, mind you, has suggested that a federal judge showed up in a gay porn mag—is definitely not something to aspire to. But you know what? It also doesn’t mean you should be put into jail without cause for three months.