Settlement reached in Ohio anonymous bloggers case

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins | Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A settlement has been announced in an Ohio lawsuit that pitted a blog site against a high school student and his family seeking to learn the identities of people who posted about a rape investigation involving two high school football players.

The two players in Steubenville in eastern Ohio were charged in August with rape after a girl's parents reported a sexual assault to police.

A student sued a blogger and anonymous blog posters after comments alleged he may have been involved in the incident but not charged.

Under a settlement announced Thursday, the student's family dropped their lawsuit and attempt to learn the posters' identities.

Scott Greenwood, an attorney representing the American Civil Liberties of Ohio, calls the settlement a win for free speech.

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