[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtCVHcT2mB0?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=360]A well-known First Amendment lawyer has leapt to the defense of an anonymous YouTube user who re-published a Georgia TV station’s 2009 news story (see above) about a dentist outside of Atlanta who was accused of beating his patients.
The dentist, Gordon Trent Austin, was indicted in 2009 on multiple counts of assault and battery—including against children. He was also indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud, to which he pleaded guilty in exchange for the other charges being dropped. The Georgia State Board of Dentistry revoked Austin’s license later that same year.
In late 2015, the Carrollton, Georgia, man sued the YouTube user and has attempted to lift this person’s anonymity by subpoenaing Google.
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