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Kentucky Supreme Court rules Topix posters to remain anonymous

An ongoing story out of Pikeville has come to a conclusion, thanks to a new ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court.

It began when Pikeville lawyer Bill Hickman sued two people for posting negative comments about him on the popular discussion board website, Topix. Hickman hoped to reveal the identities of his two critics via subpoenas to their internet service provider.

However, in an early Thursday morning decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court has now ruled that Hickman must prove the comments to be false before the ones who made said comments are unmasked.

“A bare denial does not suffice,” the court said, as reported by the Herald-Leader.

One of the comments that sparked Hickman’s fight, read: “BILL HICKMAN … If you were any man at all you would lower your head in shame and leave that hill with what you have on your back. NEVER show your face again in circles where people are aware of what you have done wrong and failed to do right.”

In related news, I’m obsessed with Topix.

Read some of my Topix reports from Lexington, Pikeville, and Paducah.

[Anonymous Topix critics can’t be easily unmasked, Kentucky Supreme Court rules]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for Kentucky Supreme Court rules Topix posters to remain anonymous



  1. yarg
    12:01 pm September 22, 2016 Permalink

    Listen, if I can’t get anonymous rumors about that girl in the red shirt at the gym on Thursday where I find out that some guy named Donnie told some user she has the clap, then I”m not so sure life is worth living anymore.



  2. Sentient Third Eye
    12:15 pm September 22, 2016 Permalink

    I thought this was the stuff bald people put on their heads?

  3. So he would have to be the first person in history to prove a negative?