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Va. blogger hesitant to receive ACLU help for fear of pissing off cops

The Virginia woman who was jailed after spending almost a year blogging about the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) task force, taunting them as they continually warned her to stop, says she is hesitant about receiving legal help from the ACLU because she doesn’t want to make the


The Virginia woman who was jailed after spending almost a year blogging about the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) task force, taunting them as they continually warned her to stop, says she is hesitant about receiving legal help from the ACLU because she doesn’t want to make these cops mad.

It’s probably a little too late for that. And considering she is unemployed and was unable to pay for her bond at first, she should probably accept any help she can get.

But Elisha Strom obviously marches to the beat of her own drum.

She hasn’t decided whether to accept the ACLU’s offer of assistance, which could be legal representation or an amicus brief. “I’d be interested in talking to them,” she says from her home in Bedford County. “The only thing I’d worry about is making JADE mad.”

While she says she doesn’t feel threatened by the drug task force, she does feel intimidated. “They’re already upset with me,” she says. “I don’t want to end up with 40 new charges because I’m getting support.”

Right now, she is facing one count of harassment stemming from a blog entry where she posted photos of one of the cop’s house.

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