Blogger claims N.J. judge overstepped legal bounds by not extending her press protections

August 4, 2009 – In The News
New Jersey Real-Time News

© 2009 The Star-Ledger, author MaryAnn Spoto

Shellee Hale, claimed security flaws in a company in the online porn industry, and was sued by a Freehold firm for slander. A judge today ruled Hale was not protected by shield laws. FREEHOLD -- A Superior Court judge in Freehold overstepped his bounds and ignored previous court rulings when he ruled a Washington state woman, who posted online comments about the pornography industry, is not a media representative and can be sued for defamation, her attorney argued in new court filings.

Shellee Hale, a private investigator and blogger, is entitled to a reconsideration of a recent opinion because of several legal errors committed by the trial court judge, Princeton attorney Jeffrey Pollock contends in a 53-page motion filed last week.

Pollock is seeking a reconsideration of the June 30 ruling by Judge Louis Locascio that paved the way for Too Much Media LLC of Freehold to sue Hale for defamation.

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