06/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fighting Back: CL Sues South Carolina Attorney General

(as usual, Jim speaks well for craigslist, here're a few excerpts)

craigslist has filed suit against SC AG Henry McMaster in federal court in South Carolina, seeking declaratory relief and a restraining order with respect to criminal charges he has repeatedly threatened against craigslist and its executives.

In addition to being unwarranted by the facts, legal experts agree that the charges threatened represent an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech, and are clearly barred by federal law (sec 230 CDA).

Interestingly, if you read Mr McMaster's ultimatum carefully, you'll
note that the only way to definitively comply with it is to take down
the craigslist sites for South Carolina in their entirety. The open
architecture of craigslist, quintessential to the value it provides for
users, simply does not allow for the absolute prevention of
solicitation or pornography, with respect to any of its categories and

Usage of craigslist in South Carolina has exploded over the last two years, with some cities experiencing 2000% growth.

Mr McMaster has persisted with his threats despite the fact that craigslist: