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Florida city serves aggressive blogger with cease-and-desist letter



The Florida city of Lauderdale Lakes has sent local blogger Chaz Stevens a "cease-and-desist" legal notice, saying the city will sue for civil damages if the blogger continues his "repeated false allegations, threats, attempted extortion, slander, libel, defamation, and invasion of privacy," reported the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

Stevens, a self-proclaimed political muckraker, is seen as a bit of a rabble-rouser -- after all, his blog, MAOS (My Acts of Sedition), has been requesting government documents and criticizing the city for its allegedly mismanaged budget.

The case-and-desist letter was sent to Stevens on Feb. 23, shortly after Stevens, tired of waiting for a records request to be filled, had his lawyers send a legal letter, dated Feb. 3, to the city council, notifying the city of his intent to sue if the public records were not released.



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