Anonymous professor continues legal fight





LOUISIANA — The identity of a University of Louisiana at Monroe professor who created an anonymous Web site critical of the school's administration will remain undisclosed until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears the case.

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A federal district court granted a stay on Feb. 4, allowing the author of "Truth at ULM" (truthatulm.homestead.com) to remain anonymous. The judge had previously set a Feb. 8 deadline for Homestead Technologies, a California-based Internet provider, to reveal the professor's name.

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The Web site details alleged misbehavior by the university's administration, including the misuse of funds and a subsequent cover-up.

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Richard Baxter, the school's vice president for external affairs, filed a motion last August asking for the name of the Web site's creator. He has indicated he wants the information so that he can file a libel suit against the professor.

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Case:

In re: Richard L. Baxter, CIV No. 01-MC-00026-M (W.D.La. Feb. 4, 2002)


reports, Spring 2002