I tell you folks this bunch is the gift that keeps on giving. Rich Rainey at the Times Picayune reports you decide:
Even as he sues his online detractors for alleged defamation, Jefferson Parish interim President Steve Theriot said today his goal is to use their tips to improve the local government.
He told the Parish Council that the lawsuit he filed against anonymous users of www.NOLA.com is aimed at addressing the concerns they raise — not at blocking criticism of the government.
Word is Theriot’s nose grew several inches after making those remarks and Rich has even more in his report as Theriot continues to make a fool of himself on the record. We’ve been threatened, not served here at Slabbed but I’m extremely gratified to know Nola.com is doing the right thing here. I’m told that Louisiana has a special anti SLAPP law which can be found here. It is my hope NOLA avails itself of the provision regarding recovery of court costs. NOLA.com made it clear today their stance on this matter as we continue:
“NOLA.com and Advance Internet believe it is vitally important that responsible members of our online community feel free to comment on our site about issues important to them without fear of retribution or reprisal from the government,” O’Byrne said. “With few exceptions, federal law protects our users from efforts by government agencies to use civil subpoenas to force disclosure of their identities, and we plan to vigorously oppose the effort by Jefferson Parish officials to learn the identities of their critics on NOLA.com.”
Stay tuned as there is more coming.