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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:04 PM
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Judge backs blocking of e-mail flood | Sacramento Bee
Judge backs blocking of e-mail flood
The action was taken to protect the Capitol's system, he rules


By Denny Walsh -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday, April 7, 2004

A Sacramento federal judge has found that blocking an overwhelming number of electronic messages to state lawmakers is an acceptable means of combating a potential breakdown of the Legislature's e-mail system.

While the constitutional guarantee of free speech extends to the Internet, reasonable restrictions may be imposed as long as they are not content-based, serve a significant government interest and leave other communication channels open, U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds ruled.

In an order issued last month, Moulds tossed out an anti-tax group's lawsuit seeking monetary damages and an injunction because a legislative employee blocked delivery of tens of thousands of e-mails sent to the Capitol over a three-day period.

Campaign for California Families, a conservative, Sacramento-based nonprofit organization behind the flood of messages, sued the state and the Legislature, claiming violations of the due process and First Amendment rights of citizens wishing to express opposition to new taxes.

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whatelseisnew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:31 AM
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1. Many of us have experienced an e-gap in communications w/gov't.
Now I always call, in addition to e-mailing , if I bother emailing at all.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 07:42 AM
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2. One of the big problems with e-mailing legislators
is that the offices is that a large percentage of the emails are from people who are not constituents. Many offices barely have the resources to process all correspondence from constituents. Snail mail is a lot easier to determine if it is from a constituent, as most people will put a return address on the envelope or the letter.
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