Via facsimile (902) 742-0678
February 6, 2013
Justice Leon Muise
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
164 Main Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1C2
RE: Yarmouth Action #328248
Trout Point Lodge et al v Louisiana Media Company LLC
Dear Justice Muise:
On Friday January 18, 2013 I was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a security breach and/or hacking of my widely read legal affairs blog at www.slabbed.org by persons connected to or acting on behalf of targets of an ongoing Federal Investigation in post Hurricane Katrina political corruption on the Gulf Coast, specifically metro New Orleans. The above action is one of several defamation suits filed by Aaron Broussard’s American expatriate business managers in Canada1, Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret over minute details of their self-admitted business relationships and management of an entity that United States prosecutors would later describe as an elaborate bribery scheme.2 The United States District Court for Southern District of Mississippi would later describe these Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation lawsuits filed by Broussard’s Canadian based business agents as the practice of “libel tourism”.3
The purpose of this letter is to address the use of perjured affidavits by Charles Leary in the above captioned defamation suit filed before your court to invade the privacy of US Internet commenters commenting on a US political corruption scandal. Attached to this letter is a motion made by Charles Leary under your local rule 14 filed on April 26, 2011 seeking a court order to obtain the IP address of 4 commenters on my blog including myself. Mr. Leary claimed in the court filing and at a later hearing before your court in May, 2011 that I was an anonymous blogger, that he did not know my identity and needed a court order to determine such in order to file suit against me and 3 other Americans for defamation in Canada.
Also attached to this letter is an affidavit sworn in United States District Court by Mr. Leary in Yarmouth Nova Scotia dated July 25, 2012 submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in which Mr Leary swore:4
“On May 6, 2011, a process server named Chris Yount served a Notice of Intended Action directed to Doug Handshoe on Doug Handshoe’s wife at his residence in Bay St Louis, Mississippi.”
Less than two weeks later he was in your courtroom testifying he did not know the identity of the publisher of Slabbed. The effect of this was that I and 3 others were denied due process to contest Mr Leary’s wild accusations.
Worth noting is in another affidavit filed by Mr Leary with your court on October 7, 2011, he admitted he had been closely monitoring my website since April, 20115 . I aver that I have visitor logs that indicate Mr Leary and his husband Vaughn Perret were closely monitoring Slabbed in January, 2010 when the allegations involving their roles in Broussard’s criminal enterprise first surfaced in the local media.
Justice Muise, outraged would not be too strong a term to describe my reaction to the invasion of privacy that resulted from the fraud and deception activity perpetrated by Mr. Leary upon your court. To the extent the actions involving Mr. Leary, Mr. Perret and their Louisiana based business partner Danny Abel were perpetrated in 2 countries, my contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggested I notify your court of the fraudulent actions of these litigants. I am actively cooperating with the FBI in hopes criminal charges can be brought against Mr. Leary here in the US and request your court take immediate action to address this deception and resulting invasion of privacy that resulted from it. I would hope that the courts in Nova Scotia would consider installation of procedural safeguards so that a similar abuse of the process by dishonest litigants does not occur in the future.
To the extent it has been alleged in a civil suit filed with the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana that Mssrs. Leary, Perret and Abel have been acting on behalf of organized crime figures in New Orleans, the impact of the of your courtroom being used in furtherance of a American organized crime conspiracy cannot be understated.6
Please be advised that with this letter I am also serving notice that any further attempts to deprive me or my media company of due process in a Canadian courtroom will be met with strong legal action here in US.
Finally Mr. Leary did correctly point out to your court in October, 2011 that Louisiana Media Company LLC (LMC) also knew my identity yet inexplicably choose to not notify your court as I had appeared on a Louisiana Media Company newscast ion May, 2010. While it is true that Mr. Leary actively perpetrated this fraud upon your court, Louisiana Media Company is just as guilty of this deception by their silence. I request that LMC be sanctioned to the fullest extent of the law for their role in this deception.
I thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter. Should you need any additional information please contact me.
Slabbed New Media, LLC
Post Office Box 788
Wiggins, MS 39577
Phone: (228) 284-0004
1 See also Trout Point Lodge et al v Advance Publications, Trout Point Lodge v Louisiana Media Company and Trout Point Lodge v Doug K. Handshoe all filed at the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Courthouse
2 United States of America v Aaron F Broussard et al. Case No. 2:11-cr-00299, Document 146, Filed 08/31/12. This document can be accessed free of charge via the New Orleans Times Picayune at http://media.nola.com/crime_impact/other/Other%20crimes%20Broussard.pdf. Mr. Broussard subsequently plead guilty to two counts of his superseding indictment and is now cooperating with Federal prosecutors.
3 Trout Point Lodge et al v Doug K. Handshoe, Case No. 1:12-cv-00090, Document 35 Filed 12/19/12, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
4 Trout Point Lodge et al v Doug K. Handshoe, Case No. 1:12-cv-00090, Document 21, Paragraph 20, Filed 7/25/12, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
5 Trout Point Lodge et al v Louisiana Media Company, LLC Yarmouth No. 328248 Affidavit of Charles Leary dated October 7, 2011 Paragraph 19. Omitted from Mr Leary’s Rule 14 Motion filed in April, 2011 was a blog entry in published on April 14, 2011 which contained my name and address found at http://www.slabbed.org/2011/04/14/introducing-slabbed-new-media-llc/. The “blog entry” cited by Mr Leary in paragraph 17 of the October 7, 2011 affidavit was taken from a letter I sent to Advance publications in response to a DMCA takedown notice sent by Advance Publications at Mr Leary’s behest that did not appear on Slabbed on April 18, 2011 or any other time.
6 Concrete Buster et al v Frederick Heebe et al, Case No. 2:12-cv-02596, Document 1 removal to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Paragraph numbers 175 and 189 of original complaint. In this complaint Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is termed a shell company subject to the control of a reputed organized crime figure that is subject of a federal investigation connected to the Aaron Broussard guilty plea.