Elisha Strom

Elisha Strom

Blog: http://iheartejade.blogspot.com/
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
38° 1' 45.5016" N, 78° 28' 36.0408" W
Status: Released
Released on 16 Jul 2009

From DarkGovernment: A 34-YEAR-OLD woman, the mother of a 12-year-old girl, has been locked up in a Virginia jail for three weeks. Her crime? Blogging about the police.Elisha Strom, who appears unable to make the $750 bail, was arrested outside Charlottesville on July 16 when police raided her house, confiscating notebooks, computers and camera equipment. Although the Charlottesville police chief, Timothy J. Longo Sr., had previously written to Ms. Strom warning her that her blog posts were interfering with the work of a local drug enforcement task force, she was not charged with obstruction of justice or any similar offense. Rather, she was indicted on a single count of identifying a police officer with intent to harass, a felony under state law.

From The Hook: "34-year-old mother finds herself the unlikely star of her own legal thriller-- one that's put her in jail and yet earned support from the American Civil Liberties Union and a Washington Post editorial. Oh, and she's a former white separatist.

Elisha Strom admits she's interested in cops-- but not just any cops. The officers who stirred her interest to the extent that she staked them out over eight months, photographing and following them and posting the results on a blog all work in a multi-jurisdictional group called the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Now she's facing a felony charge as a result of those efforts for publishing the address of an officer on the blog she created called I HeArTE JADE."

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