A district court judge in Galveston County is issuing orders to the entire Internet, trying to gag the world from writing anything about a case that didn’t matter much to anyone in the first place.

The facts of the case aren’t that important. A lawyer named Calvin C. Jackson was accused of forging signatures, and later tried to get the record expunged. A judge obliged, but extended the order, in theory, to the entire world, requiring the Internet to be cleansed of any mention of disciplinary proceedings against Jackson.

The court held Google responsible for scrubbing the Internet, and presumably a few other search engines. AltaVista, maybe? Ask Jeeves?