Nagin takes the stand as the Magoo defense comes into sharper focus

By now everyone that does criminal law is familiar with the Chewbacca defense. Today Robert Jenkins and Ray Nagin present the Magoo Defense:

Nagin both folksy and testy during first day on the stand ~ Gordon Russell and John Simerman

Williams also testified that he and his partners were guests at the mayor’s Mardi Gras ball at Gallier Hall that same night, and that Nagin had embraced him and told him he had gotten him into the coveted “pool” of qualified engineers.

When Coman brought up the ball, Nagin sought to downplay its significance, saying Williams and his partners were there along with “about a thousand of my closest friends.” When the prosecutor flashed pictures of the event on a screen and asked Nagin to identify himself and Williams in a couple of frames, Nagin insisted several times he couldn’t recognize the engineer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klVhHK5Ucvw

Ray Nagin: Chocolatier, “Human Sponge” and “Worse”

While Nagin’s lawyer Robert Jenkins is taken to school by the prosecutors we have missives from the Advocate worth highlighting. First Nagin the Human Sponge:

Prosecutors: As finances tanked, Nagin sought cash ~ Gordon Russell

And now worse:

Trial makes Nagin seem worse than we thought ~ Stephanie Grace

And for those wanting to know how the IRS can go all the way back to 2005 on his disHonner’s income taxes:

Even the IRS has limits ~ Robert Wood

Now folks, this greatly warms the cockles of my heart

I think we need a name for Mississippi House Bill 44 such as Leary’s law or the SLAPP Happy Nut job Foreign Judgment Non Enforcement Act of 2014. I imagine the folks in officialdom in Nova Scotia, now known for being a defamation haven from which felonious politicians and their close business associates can sue their US based critics will be paying close attention to the bill sponsored by State Representative Jeffrey Smith from District 39, which has now been referred to the House Judiciary A Committee. Editorially Slabbed New Media is 100% behind House Bill 44. The preamble from Section 1 well explains:

The Legislature finds that it is the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws when the application of a foreign law will result in the violation of a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States, including, but not limited to, due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy or marriage as specifically defined by the Constitution of this state.

How about some lovely music from the incomparable Babs:

The Heart of the Matter: Exhibits F & G

Last February I wrote to Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Pierre Muise regarding the submission of false and misleading aka perjured affidavits by Charles Leary in the Louisiana Media LLC case in Nova Scotia, a lawsuit to which Slabbed was not a party but which Leary, on behalf of Aaron Broussard used as a vehicle to conduct a witch hunt for his New Orleans metro area based detractors. Despite knowing who I was neither the courts nor Leary gave me notice of any of a multitude of proceedings held in Yarmouth Nova Scotia fishing for IP addresses on commenters to this website. Left out of the letter to Justice Muise but a document which he should surely be aware is the following affidavit sworn by Charles Leary on May 12, 2011, 8 days after they sent their in-house troll Chris Yount to serve undated papers on my wife at our residence in Bay St Louis. Leary on behalf of Broussard and Trout Point Lodge Ltd. clearly misleads the court as to my identity. We’ll call it Exhibit F.

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From late May until October 2011, Charles Leary on behalf of Broussard and company, abused legal processes in their lawsuit against Louisiana Media Company multiple times in their paranoid witch hunt for Broussard’s detractors including time periods after they had formally filed suit against me in Nova Scotia. But that is not all that was happening in the Louisiana Media case no siree.  You see folks in that suit Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret were telling a different story about how the Fox 8 reports on Aaron Broussard’s Nova Scotia bribery and money laundering scheme had damaged the Lodge.  In fact here is their exact damages pleading:

89. As a direct result of defamatory broadcasts made by the defendant, third parties with whom the plaintiffs enjoyed longstanding business relationships have decided to depart from any and all contacts with Trout Point and Nova Scotia, withdrawing investment and selling property to plaintiff’s detriment.

That’s right folks, Leary, Perret and Trout Point Lodge, on behalf of Aaron Broussard and others actually plead that their damages were caused by the disruption of their business relationship with Nova Scotia Enterprises, the entity that was identified by prosecutors as a Broussard bribery scheme.  Never mind NSE never owned anything in Nova Scotia and was never registered to do business in Nova Scotia because when you make it up as you go and are willing to swear false affidavits to back up the lies, the Nova Scotia defamation scene was truly the Broussard and Company’s oyster. Continue reading “The Heart of the Matter: Exhibits F & G”

Sunday Links: The dangerous people of the internet strike again!

I start this morning with a three pack from the Sea Coast Echo:

Fillingame wants loan to cover Bay’s bills ~ Cassandra Favre

“I’m still not certain that we are okay on collecting people’s waste water and garbage fees and using them for something else,” Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin said. “We go out and borrow money after we collect their money.”

Now for the “dangerous people of the internet” link:

Bay Council eyes delinquent accounts ~ Cassandra Favre

Lana Noonan of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government should take a well deserved victory lap:

A majority of the bills are more than four months behind.

“One prompt for me to look into this,” Noonan said, “was that the council just voted for a utility increase.

“If they’re not paying now, how are they going to pay when the rates increase?”

Noonan said the delinquent amounts add up to $265,955 and the utility list was posted online on Sept. 26.

Slabbed was not credited in the story and I’m fine with that. To the extent a couple of the City council members got phone calls after Slabbed published the City’s Utility Aging well tells the tale here.  The days of the Sea Coast Echo being the gatekeeper of public information for all things Hancock County are over and that happened years ago with the ascent of this critter called the internet.  People are hungry for good information. To the extent what I do here at Slabbed New Media forces the other “dangerous people of the internet” to bring their A games to local journalism is a good thing for the public IMHO.  It shows in Cassandra Favre’s story.

There should be a lesson here for Mayor Fillingame and the Bay City Council and I absolutely think at least one member of the City Council gets it in spades.  I was not at the last City Council meeting but from what I was told it is also clear there are a few that are woefully misinformed when it comes to this internet thingy and that despite the fact at least one of the councilmen has his own internet website affiliation. Continue reading “Sunday Links: The dangerous people of the internet strike again!”

SPEECH Act in the news as word spreads of my historic victory over Broussard’s boys (Updated)

For those of you not following Slabbed on twitter I have a couple of links. First up is the story from LexisNexis’ Law360.com (subscription required) that I think told it best. Here is a snippet:

“The Nova Scotia Court’s oral decision does not contain specific findings of fact with respect to the falsity of Handshoe’s statements,” the opinion said. “Trout Point could not identify a single specific allegation in the statement of claim that the Nova Scotia Court found was actually false.”

Jack E. Truitt, who represented Handshoe, told Law360 Friday that the appeals court decision makes it “almost impossible to get a defamation lawsuit judgment in Canada and come here and enforce it.”

“[The SPEECH Act] has been on the books since 2010, but this is the first widely reported decision on it,” Truitt said. “From the perspective of journalists, it should help you guys sleep a little easier.”

An attorney for Trout Point did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

I know I’ve slept better ever since Bobby signed up to defend Slabbed. Quality lawyers get quality decisions and I can’t say enough good things about the job he did. I was surprised to see the otherwise loquacious Henry Laird declining comment as he frequently comments on his cases locally.

This brings me to the second link as the case was also featured on UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh’s blog. Continue reading “SPEECH Act in the news as word spreads of my historic victory over Broussard’s boys (Updated)”

Trout Point Lodge, Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary remain repugnant to the US Constitution

I invite all of my media brothers and sisters to sleep well tonight under the blanket of freedom provided by Slabbed New Media, Bobby Truitt and yours truly. Click the pic to score the 25 page opinion.  I’ll have more a bit later.

Opinion Opinion

Slabbed takes the “Ignatius challenge” and writes one wayyyyy to the inside.

Comment from V, an US citizen whose privacy was invaded by Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret of Trout Point Lodge in their SLAPP suit against Fox 8.  This comment certainly earned the ire of Team Goatherder and it is apparent from V’s tone he was well aware of the threats that were being passed about regarding Slabbed on the mean streets of Jefferson Parish:

Please note all of the below is PUBLIC information.

There are no statements asserted as “fact” here; this is information recited from public sources and under no circumstances is this to be construed as anything but opinion and maybe occasionally satire. Thank you.

Ok, some thoughts:

2/22/11 report from the Pic (Rioux):

“The following individuals and firms made $1,000 contributions to Broussard after his resignation:

Amy M. Arthur of Madisonville, Bruce D. Burglass Jr. of Metairie, David R. Sherman of Metairie, Greg Cantrell Inc. of St. Rose, J. Caldarera & Co. of LaPlace, Bryan Krantz of Kenner, Jennifer Lanasa of New Orleans, John E. Lapworth of Metairie, Francis E. Lauricella of Harahan, Paul D. Monsour of Kenner, Leonard B. Newton of Pass Christian, Miss., Quest Realty of Metairie, Wayne E. Thomas of Metairie and John H. Wales of Mandeville.”

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/02/jefferson_parish_politicians_r.html

You will see there: Bryan Krantz, apparently the son of Marie Krantz.

Sherman – you know who that is, Chehardy & Co.

Caldarera – that as everyone knows by now means WARD

Wales – his name’s been mentioned before?

Monsour – well, it just so happens…

https://business.sos.state.ms.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?515939

… there is a company called Mississippi 214, L.L.C. in Greenville. Its purpose? Who knows but Peter Butler Jr. is apparently the owner of it, because while MS does not show officers in their listings (why not again?) it does show agents (a Philip Mansour, with an *a*, typo? Close, but no, maybe not.) and an address, 7216 Stoneleigh Drive, Harahan LA 70123.

Also at that address…

PRAKA HOLDINGS (USA) L.L.C.

PRAKA-LOUISIANA, L.L.C.

PRAKA-MISSISSIPPI, L.L.C.

PRAKA-NOVA SCOTIA, L.L.C.

PRAKA-ST. BERNARD, L.L.C.

All basically showing the same info:

“Officer: PETER J. BUTLER, JR.
Title: Manager
Address 1: 7216 STONELEIGH DRIVE
City, State, Zip: HARAHAN, LA 70123″

As for the word “Praka”, who knows what that means. Continue reading “Slabbed takes the “Ignatius challenge” and writes one wayyyyy to the inside.”