- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans news organization won’t have to hand over more material involving anonymous online postings to a federal court.

A defense attorney trying to bolster allegations of prosecutorial misconduct had wanted Nola.com/The Times-Picayune to provide information on an online commenter identified as “kefir.”

The attorney represents Stacey Jackson, a former official with a nonprofit housing agency.

The attorney says “kefir” may be a government official - perhaps one of the two former U.S. attorneys in New Orleans who resigned after their improper postings became known, or another former prosecutor.

The news agency had lost earlier fights against handing over such materials in the Jackson case. But the court ruled in its favor this time, casting doubt on the allegation that “kefir” is a former prosecutor.

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