by Paul Alan Levy
The New York Times carries an exceptionally detailed report of the controversy over the rape of a high school girl and the libel case brought by the parents of a player against an online blogger and several anonymous commenters, discussed here two weeks ago. A reminder that reporting can be dangerous — the football coach, who had been criticized for not benching the players involved in the rape, apparently threatened one of the reporters who was asking questions, saying "you’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will." One can understand why the anoymous commenters who live in the community are afraid about the consequences of being identified.