Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold ruled Wednesday to set aside a motion requiring MySaline.com owner Shelli Russell to divulge information three Bryant alderman hoped would lead them to the identify of a particular blogger who writes under the alias, â€śThe Shadow.â€ť
The ruling to quash the motion stems from a lawsuit the aldermen filed in February against six anonymous bloggers on the MySaline. The three claimed the blogposts were â€ślibelous and defamatory on their face.â€ť
Bryant resident Ricky Tripp and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan were subpoenaed to give testimony Tuesday in a Saline County Circuit Court proceeding conducted by Circuit Judge Gary Arnold. However, only Tripp was called as a witness.
Attorney Tona Demers, representing Bryant Aldermen Adrian Henley, Danny Steele and Brenda Miller, had planned to put both on the stand in the effort of Demers' clients to learn the identity of an anonymous blogger at the website MySaline.com. The pertinent comments were posted under the alias, â€śThe Shadow.â€ť
Bond is not being reduced for the former Benton firefighter accused of downloading images of child pornography to a computer at his home, authorities told The Saline Courier late Thursday.
Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 38, is being held in the Saline County Detention Center on a $200,000 sheriff's bond. He is facing a thousand counts of felony possession of child pornography.