Guest Post | Hillie’s Date: In defense of our advocate and chief muckraker

Fellow Slabbed readers, lurkers, commenters, intrepid reporters and members of the Goat Herder Local #70001.

I have known Doug Handshoe and his wife for almost 35 years – my screen name on this site is from an inside joke from a Saturday night date when we were in our teens. As a frequent funder and consumer of the information that is promoting, I am appealing to you all to act and hit the donate button early & often, it is important.

Please do not assume that these court battles are inconsequential little skirmishes that happen in a vacuum. They are spun in Doug’s signature humorous fashion, but I can assure you they are not simple, they are not easy and they are not cheap. Even when you have an attorney who believes in your cause, no protracted legal fight is ever cheap and they become even more expensive when you have a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional and even international conflict as a result of a childish, venue shopping opponent.

The people who seek to silence the voice of this community are not just interested in winning as they have so much beyond this fight at risk. Beating them only inspires them to try something even more outlandish. They have outlived their welcome in most polite legal circles. This hasn’t stopped them from employing their time tested strategy that revolves around home-cooking the legal system to wear out an opposing litigant, create conflicts for their attorneys and attempting to exhaust the target of their venom’s resources to the point that they just give up; pay up; settle. I’ve heard this dynamic referenced by another poster as “death by a thousand cuts,” which I think sums up their expectations. Doug does an admirable job of making a joke of their attempts, but the facts are that this kind of warfare is taxing on the persons who aren’t either crazy or obsessed.

It is my wish that the many of you dig deep and encourage others to do so – free speech ain’t free! Doug is the face of this fight and since it is really on all of our behalf, we should support him aggressively.

Hillie’s Date

Ninja lawyer front and center……

Attorney’s tactics aimed at ex-colleagues ~ Jeff Adelson

I’ll be honest and say after reading Adelson’s piece, which focused on USA v Howard, that I was left with conflicted emotions and thoughts. The bottom line is barring some sort of miracle the Advocate’s Gordon Russell and John Simerman will be testifying about their meetings with FBI agents.

To me, to understand Gibbens is to understand the snake pit that was the NOLA US Attorney’s office, which saw way more than its fair share of top shelf talent cycle through the doors for over a decade Gibbens being a prime example.  He’s hooked up with the right people to insure he remains at the epicenter of the high-end NOLA criminal defense scene.

Stay tuned.

Low lying fruit: This stuff with Tony Thomassie is hardly new

Channel 4 had it once and buried 70% of the story (see below) but Lee Zurik finally swooped in and picked that part up. Of course you could have read 100% of the story here on Slabbed way back in May, 2011:

Folks the chirpin’ birdie is telling me tonight on Channel 4 Tony is front and center in an investigative report that will feature “strippers, selling badges and drinking on duty”.

Thomassie’s habits were common knowledge in Jefferson Parish political circles but as they say better late than never.

Auditors, deputies raid Thomassie’s home office ~ Lee Zurik

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All that said lifers here also remember Thomassie showed up as one of then Parish Prez Aaron Broussard and Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson’s deadhead paralegals along with others including Ken Trahan. Those that wish to catch up can click on the post tags for Thomassie and Steve Mortillaro for a sampling of the posts that literally put Slabbed New Media on the map.

In any event my best sources are telling me that Thomassie has proverbially overstayed his welcome and is isolated politically. This in turn means there could well be a public sacrifice. I’ll be keeping an eye on this story.

Greeenlit: A Playing on the Internet Update Part Deux

The operative term here is prescient folks. 😉 Back in January 2012, when the the Department of Justice had it’s OIG Investigators crawling all over this area it seemed to me there was one of two things the media outlets they visited could do. This is what I did:

Slabbed New Media has not had a problem with comment gate since. | The Times-Picayune ordered to turn over online commenter information in Stacey Jackson case ~ Ginny LaRoe could appeal but it would be a waste of money IMHO. Click the pic below the jump to nab Judge Lemmon’s 9 page order and reasons. Continue reading “Greeenlit: A Playing on the Internet Update Part Deux”

Sensing the coming public goat roast, Susan dropped 4 figures in the collection box today

And Susan has my sincerest thanks for the very generous donation. Join Susan and help make the coming event a rousing success by donating to Slabbed New Media today. Thank you.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you. ~ Ezekiel 25:17

Meantime over in the City Adrastos skewers Vitty

I think I’m fixing to join the party and skewer me a politician or two as ’tis the season. Until then enjoy Adrastos who can also be found on twitter.

As you may have already heard by now, Bitter Vitter is a champion #KochSucker and literally, not figuratively, as Joey the Shark is wont to say. Last week Vitter inserted his head up the Koch’s pasty white rectums and left it there, which gives a whole new meaning to the name Diaper Dave:

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) told a town hall audience on Tuesday that he believes oil billionaires Charles and David Koch to be “two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.” A ThinkProgress review of campaign contribution records finds that he and his leadership PAC have received at least $57,500 from the brothers’ corporate political action committee.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Vitter says in video posted by American Bridge 21st Century, “My reaction is: God bless the Koch brothers. They’re fighting for our freedom.”

Continue Reading at First Draft. (H/T Editilla)