Folks Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot has made the mother of all miscalculations since assuming the reins as interim Parish President in his sanctioned “Strategic lawsuit against public participation” (SLAPP) filed Friday against John Does 1-100 complete with subpoena for commenter information from the Times Picayune. Slabbed, of course plays a special role in this, one I will explore in detail as I can now tie several things together and perhaps even clue in Mr Theriot and his band of arrogant fools on a few things they didn’t know.
First off we were tipped something was coming by the devil herself just under a week ago (translation provided here) as the political machine in Jefferson Parish was no doubt angry and licking their wounds over the spanking their candidate, political hack Debbie Villio, received in the special election to replace Judge Joan Benge in the 24th Judicial District Courts. We began receiving details of the suit over the weekend and today we received our very own copy of the suit. (Embedded below) This little snippet pretty much sums up Mr Theriot’s fanciful legal theories:
Defendants have systematically published messages on the Internet using forums and blogs such as Nola.com and Slabbed.wordpress.com purportedly dedicated to a discussion of Jefferson Parish and its management.
Defendants, using anonymous screen-names, have published numerous messages containing maliciously false and defamatory statements concerning plaintiffs with the purpose of defaming plaintiffs. By way of example, some of the slanderous and defamatory statements which were published by defendants include, but are not limited to the following: that members of Jefferson Parish Government, such as Mr Theriot are unethical and deceitful.
Now aside from the fact it is impossible to defame a government and public figures have a very high bar to cross in a defamation suit I guess Mr Theriot thought this suit would help himself and his merry gang of miscreants both cover their tracks and send a message about the end result of speaking out. I’ve been at this blogging thang for a few years now and this is not the first time I’ve witnessed a stuffed shirt punk try to intimidate a blogger or in this case a community of bloggers. There are some things we can deduce from the filing though since the ongoing political corruption scandal is a child of the internet a few of the major points being:
- The blows being landed by the bloggers are hitting very close to home.
- It betrays the prevailing mindset of Mr Theriot and the Parish counsel. Our readers will no doubt remember Mr Theriot stuck by disgraced former Parish Attorney Tom WIlkinson for weeks after damning evidence of his misdeeds and blatant conflicts were revealed while sending home the person in charge of public records requests, Anne Marie Vandenweghe without any evidence of wrong doing on her part. Of course this is not the Parish’s first attempt to limit public access to government with state Senator and political machine lackey Danny Martiny recently filing that bill to limit public access to parish records while being exposed as a fool by trying to put words in Jim Letten’s mouth.
Is anyone else struck by how this suit was filed as it is the Government suing along with Steve Theriot. I wonder who is picking up the legal fees for this fishing expedition? We are well familiar with the insurance defense firm Phelps Dunbar, the firm Theriot hired at taxpayer expense to file this frivolous lawsuit from our earlier days blogging when I connected Phelps Dunbar staff attorney Jane Tucker as a probable Phelps Dunbar plant on the old Folo blog purpose being to use the Dickie Scruggs scandal to hurt the policyholder Katrina cases on the coast. Of course I remember Phelps Dunbar best for being the firm to poach now imprisoned former Harrison County Circuit Court Judge John Whitfield from the bench back in the day. I speak for Nowdy when I say I look forward to renewing our old acquaintance with this cabal of corporate bootlickers.
Speaking of Mr Theriot does anyone else find it strange he resigned as legislative auditor literally weeks before Aaron Broussard’s resignation. The scandal involving Lagniappe Industries was already beginning to dominate the headlines when Theriot hung up the old ten key and I’m willing to speculate he knew when he left Baton Rouge he’d be interim Parish President in a short period of time. I think that explains more than anything why he was literally installed to the post of Parish President via the bums rush. And of course, Lil Pup didn’t get his cute nickname in a vacuum as he is Big Dog’s protege and the Slabbed Nation knows Big Dog’s curious relationship with River Birch landfill from our post Eau de Landfill which detailed Butch Ward’s hiring of Alario staffer and lobbyist Dan Robin to kill a bill Speaker Alario sponsored, that would have effectively shut down River Birch landfill in exchange for a 4% slice of the River Birch, Inc.
Now per the lawsuit Mr Theriot no doubt would call such statement “defamatory” and I well remember that boob Danny Martiny crying to Val Bracy on the news that people thought he was a crook for sponsoring that silly bill to limit public records requests so it appears the gang in Jefferson Parish either have some thin skins or are so damn arrogant they never stop to consider how they perform their public duties would look to the public. And while I NEVER underestimate an adversary I can’t help but now buy into some of which I’m told offline regarding the literal stupidity and how systemic arrogance causing ignorance shows through with this bunch every day besides what I see exhibited online.
And this brings us back to ‘Lil Pup’ Steve Theriot, a politician that almost makes me ashamed to be a CPA. If he is worried about his reputation for the actions taken during his disastrous tenure as interim Parish President he better be worried more about his reputation from his time as legislative auditor because it is his own double dealing that causes people to think he is nothing but a two bit crook. But don’t take my word for it, James Gill at the Times Picayune exposed it and public interest activist/blogger CB Forgotston called on Mr Theriot to resign over a blatant conflict of interest involving Theriot’s work with Coastal Securities which handled Louisiana government bond issues while he was also serving as Legislative Auditor.
The bottom line for Slabbed is this suit does not intimidate us one bit and we will vigorously fight any attempt to subpoena any information on our commenters. This isn’t the first time some two bit punk tried to silence citizen/bloggers exposing corruption and double dealing. Of course Team Theriot knows this suit wouldn’t stand a chance outside of his home turf so if you want some of Slabbed come get some in Federal court punk. Just be a man and make it your own money instead of having the taxpayers of Jefferson Parish fund your personal vendettas.
Coming soon on Slabbed. Lil’ Pup goes on camera for a video deposition. In part 2 we’ll divulge to the world a few small details Mr Theriot probably wished he had known before he signed on this SLAPP suit.
As promised here is the Scribd embed of Theriot’s suit.
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