Chilling her softly

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March 1, 2011
by Jacob Sullum  
Posted in Commentary

"By speaking out in defense of a Kansas doctor and nurse accused of running a 'pill mill,' pain treatment activist Siobhan Reynolds annoyed the federal prosecutor assigned to the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway was so angry that in April 2008 she sought a court order telling Reynolds to shut up. Concluding that such an order would be an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot said no. ... After Treadway failed to obtain a gag order silencing Reynolds, she instigated a grand jury investigation of her for obstruction of justice, obtaining subpoenas that demanded material related to PRN’s activism." (03/11)  


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