I’ve had some interesting days in my 5 plus years doing this blog and today ranks right up there.
A few weeks ago I promised to publish the entire document dump from Slabbed’s Jefferson Parish Public Records Request project of 2012. Here is the first installment of docs obtained August 10, 2012, a day and week I’ll never forget as that week as I helped bury a close friend as well as box dived Aaron Broussard’s files sick as a dog with the shingles.
Here are the files from that day, some of which have been published, others not.
Turns out folks William Shakespeare was a true prophet calling the crash and burn of the Legal Department at the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway hundreds of years in advance as MacBeth posited an accurate description of the type of plaintiff’s work being done by the inhabitants of said Legal Department in the now disgraced/disbarred Aaron Broussard and Daniel G. “Danny” Abel. Let’s drill down a bit on the lawyer who’s cases Belo’s WWL TV Channel 4 relentlessly promotes:
Suffice it so say there are more such instances but in the interest of time I will not list them but we must update two cases, Magee et al v Abel et al which I introduced yesterday and Webb v Morella plus introduce a new one in Manton et al v Strain et al as Abel has a particular fetish for suing the NOPD and St Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain. Manton v Strain is instructive so let’s begin there as it follows the Goatherder formula:
Promotion of lawsuits filed by The Goatherders where they serve as plaintiffs or provide representation such as this Travel scam lawsuit by Carl Finley promoted by Uptown Jewish Women on Fox 8 that crashed and burned or the infamous Gates v Strain where Slabbed exposed the disingenious reporting by Channel 4 on the various lawsuits against St Tammany Parish officialdom filed by Abel’s “son” Shane Gates aka Shane D’Antoni.
The last bullet point brings me back to 2010 and a family on the Northshore that found themselves in a legal pickle involving the ownership of the lot upon which their house sat as Channel 4’s Dennis Woltering explains:
Butch and Nicole Martin say their home here in Abita Springs is in many ways everything they have always wanted.
“The house is beautiful,” Butch Martin said. “We absolutely love it.”
Trouble is, when they had some financial troubles and were forced to try to sell it, they discovered they probably don’t own the lot where the house sits.
“We own the house, but not the yard,” Nicole Martin said.
A buyer was ready to purchase their home more than a year ago, but then two days before closing the buyer’s title, the insurance company notified the Martins that the sale could not go through.
“We got a phone call to notify us that we had a bad title, and we actually didn’t even own the property,” Butch Martin said.
The Martins say they now believe that the property under their house was taken from the heirs of the original landowner, William Nill.
“The property was basically stolen,” Butch Martin said.
They did folks. In fact Concrete Busters amended complaint filed Wednesday against The River Birch Landfill et al unifies several themes we’ve covered here on Slabbed through time. But alas those nasty Goatherders and I have an outstanding matter in United States Federal District Court in Gulfport before Judge Louis Guirola that my lawyer, Bobby Truitt has me barred from commenting upon. But that does not mean that we can’t let Concrete Busters tell part of that story as I invite everyone to consider the implications for quarter 4 sales for the good folks over at Carmex. Let’s start with this snippet from the beginning of the suit:
OK folks it is time to come clean, sort of anyway. Since late July I have been publishing documents courtesy of my fictional “gabby cousin Slabb O’Leak” that really did not come from him. 😉 Actually some of y’all may have noticed some redactions that are beyond my control but suffice it to say that I have found a literal pot o’ gold of Aaron Broussard personal information, between 80,000 to 90,000 pages of information in fact, including documents like the ones between Broussard and First Bank and Trust that I posted Friday.
I’ll add indeed verily I promise I have every reasonable expectation that there is lots of Goatherder jackassery contained in Slabbed’s Pot o’ Gold and I expect soon to publish full, unredacted versions of the various ownership agreements in ventures Broussard peddled such as La Ferme D’Acadie, Cerro Coyote and perhaps even Rauda House. Slabbed has learned in the course of its exhaustive and ongoing investigation these documents were previously unknown to the investigative community, a defect I personally cured.
Here at Slabbed the tenets of my investigation follows one rule and one rule only: Follow the money. Following money plays to my strengths and I have 425,000 reasons to follow the trail in its entirety and frankly I’m content to let the aftermath sort itself out. Along those lines on Friday we introduced Joe Canizaro to the Slabbed Nation. Joe is a Biloxi native made good from doing real estate development and is likely a hecto-millionaire somewhere in Tom Benson’s zip code. Both have papal appearances on their resumes though Benson actually got the pope to genuflect and kiss his Saints Superbowl Ring. Lest I digress because unlike Benson, Canizaro had the power to have Aaron Broussard conduct business for First Bank and Trust on Parish Letterhead. At the time Broussard was on the Board of Directors of FBT.
Folks, regarding the defamation case filed by Trout Point Lodge against Fox 8. The girls, with the acquiescence of Fox 8, have obtained court orders from Judge Pierre Muise to Automattic aka WordPress, Cox Communications and AT&T Wireless for information on the following Slabbed commenters:
While they have described their relationship with disgraced Parish President Aaron Broussard to the Times Picayune in terms of Broussard being a casual acquaintance, according to Nova Scotia court records the girls describe him as a close friend. IMHO the entire court exercise in Nova Scotia has been to help Aaron Broussard identify those that were speaking out on his corrupt activities and silence them via fear and intimidation.
I am now able to roll outs parts 3 and 4 of my series on Aaron Broussard’s business activities in Nova Scotia including Broussard’s use of his straw men at Trout Point Lodge to obtain personal data on those who posted about his dirty deeds here on Slabbed. At this point, it is unclear if Fox 8 has given away data on those that may have commented to Val Bracy’s stories on the Fox 8 website, but clearly they were content to serve up commenters on other sites without flinching.
In part 1 of this series I covered the genesis of Trout Point development and the associated fleecing of the ACOA by our three amigos Danny Abel, Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary. The fallout was slow in developing though as certain employees at the ACOA that were involved with the La Farme D’Acadie disaster actually died in the interim and the ACOA was not especially diligent in pursuing repayment of the tax money given to the 3 American partners. When the ACOA filed suit Trout Point did not contest it and a default judgment was entered. Later the default was set aside and the litigation began a tortuous path in the Canadian court system. It came to a head in 2008.
I highlighted the entire ACOA disaster in several posts but this one has received the most attention and for good reason as the lawsuits involving Leary, Abel and Perret and the ACOA heated back up and one of the major issues turned on exactly who owned La Ferme D’Acadie. Let”s review shall we:
In June 1998 the plaintiff, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, made a “repayable contribution” to a partnership involving the defendants, in order to assist in the startup of a cheesemaking and tourism business. The partnership was subsequently dissolved and incorporated by the former partners, and part of the business was moved to another location. In September 2001, the plaintiff declared that the partnership was in default of the repayable contribution agreement. The plaintiff launched an action in June 2002, the defendants being Mr. Leary, his former partners and the partnership itself.
These past 2 weeks on Slabbed have been nothing short of extraordinary as the allegations of wrongdoing on part of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, who resigned in disgrace the day after he was interviewed by then Fox 8 reporter Val Bracy have snowballed with Karen Parker and Tim Whitmer’s plea deals. Those deals happened to mention Broussard’s business interests in Nova Scotia and Slabbed has explored those in great detail. Readers of Slabbed know we got to this point via St John the Baptist Parish President turned convict Bill Hubbard and a dime drop to Raphael way back in July 2009. The intertwining of the media into the scandal and its aftermath itself began just a few months after.
By now several of you know why this topic needs a full and public fleshing out and now I’ll share it with the entire Slabbed Nation. In May of last year, the constitutional and due process rights of 2 Slabbed commenters, Unslabbed and Telemachus, were trampled in a Nova Scotia courtroom via a court order that was obtained under specious circumstances. Slabbed New Media, despite being well-known and publicly disclosed since May of 2010 was not notified of any of these events, which took place in the suit filed by Trout Point Lodge against Fox 8. My web host here on WordPress, Automattic did not release any confidential information in response to the odorous court order issued by Judge Pierre Muise of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. For now lets circle that Muise surname.