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Las Vegas Newspaper Served With Subpoena to Seek Readers' Identities

A Nevada newspaper says it has been served a federal grand jury subpoena seeking information about readers who posted comments on the paper's Web site.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says the subpoena seeks information that would lead to the identities of people who commented on a story about a federal tax fraud case against Las Vegas business owner Robert Kahre.

Editor Thomas Mitchell says the paper plans to fight the request.

Kahre and others are accused of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service with a scheme involving gold and silver U.S. coins. The defendants have pleaded not guilty.

The paper says the subpoena was received June 2, a week after it ran its story about the trial.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for Nevada declined to comment.