Folks it is not that Theriot is dumb or a fool. Rather he thinks the general public are idiots. Here is the hot off the press release:
Regarding the lawsuit recently filed by the Parish of Jefferson and Steve J. Theriot against John Does 1 through 100 and the subpoena issued to New Orleans, Net, LLC;
This lawsuit was never intended to silence individuals from expressing their views or suppressing any First Amendment rights. Rather, the focus was on the detrimental consequences that stem from false and injurious statements being made by anonymous posters and bloggers in Cyberspace. With the increase use of the internet, anonymous blogging or blogging by speakers using pseudonyms (fictitious name used by an author) has dramatically increased. Those who are victimized by such anonymous postings or blogs often do not know what recourse they have to seek redress. I sought redress, but the matters I attempted to address by the lawsuit have been and were totally misperceived and mischaracterized; therefore, at this time, I have decided to pursue the matters needing to be addressed through alternative avenues.
Yesterday, I instructed the lawyers to withdraw and dismiss the lawsuit.
Sure Steve and the moon is made of green cheese. En français, “Il veut prendre la lune avec les dents.”
Rich Rainey updated his T-P story we linked earlier so it is there we stop next because that is not what the Parish Council is saying:
Council Chairman John Young said the law firm that filed the suit, Phelps-Dunbar, had been initially hired by the council to handle the investigation of Anne Marie Vandenweghe, an assistant parish attorney who Theriot suspended in February on suspicion of improperly using her parish computer. She was reinstated just weeks later.
Young said today he was unaware Phelps attorney Nan Alessandra had filed the May 7 lawsuit until after reading a report in The Times-Picayune. Still, he praised Theriot’s decision to end the litigation.
Now leaving aside the fact that Young told a bald face lie on when he found out about the suit as the Parish Council authorized it in executive session over a week before it was filed, we again are confronted with the use of a SLAPP suit to abuse a single Parish employee, Anne Marie Vandenweghe. If this were truly about Theriot’s reputation then the suit would have never asked for information on posters like Prayerwarrior2 who said nothing about Parish Government or Theriot but who did call out disgraced former Parish President Aaron Broussard to repent and tell the truth to the Fed and disgraced former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson to repent. (For the record, if I had a nickel for every time a Parish resident told me Wilkinson was profane (and then some) I’d be on a beach on Bora Bora instead of writing this post.)
Using the official powers of government to crush people expressing their opinions is wrong, in fact I daresay a crime, especially if the intent is to interfere with an ongoing federal investigation. Beyond that Theriot and his band of idiots on the Parish Council have exposed the Parish to a lawsuit, perhaps even Civil RICO, because of their ham handed way of conducting HR and I hope that fact is not lost on the taxpaying citizens of Jefferson Parish. Judging from the public’s reaction to this latest twist I don’t think it is.