I am usually one who believes most people sue because they had their feelings hurt and get an ambulance cha$ing attorney willing to sue over something stupid. I do not know if this is the case in this situation.
Bentkowski has supeoned Google for the bloggers identity. The blogger has accused Bentkowski of being a pervert - but has nothing to back up the claims other than speculation. Scene Magazine just rode the Mayor a little and made some off color remarks.
In my opinion Scene did nothing wrong except have fun and made innocent remarks about Bentkowski and accused him of not allowing residents to talk at meetings. Scene "started" on Bentkowski after he sent a letter meant for younger residents of the city and claimed he had the "political IQ of Quiznos' lettuce."
On the other hand the anonymous blogger from Political Science 216 took it a little bit further...
From the PD --
The letter states that the information will help the city notify young residents of activities that might be of interest to them. "For example," Bentkowski wrote. "If you have an 18-year-old daughter, we can invite her to participate in the Miss Seven Hills Pageant."
The blogger charged that Bentkowski would use the information to meet young women, likening him to sexual predators arrested on "Dateline NBC's" "To Catch a Predator" series. The blogger even included a photograph of the show's host, Chris Hansen, interviewing a suspected sexual predator.
Bentkowski demanded the blogger remove the material immediately.
Instead, the blogger asked readers to vote on whether Bentkowski should be dethroned as the "sexiest male politician in Greater Cleveland," a title that readers conferred upon the mayor earlier that year.
The blogger's reason for ousting Bentkowski? Because he "has been acting like a pervert lately." More...
So was this anonymous blogger excercising his right to free speech or did he cross the line making unsubstantiated comments?