Last week I received a heads up that Slabbed’s mortal enemy Daniel “Danny” Abel had died after being struck by a car in a hit and run just before Christmas last year. One would have to imagine the range of emotions that one experiences under such circumstances. I was on someone else’s dime however and unable to indulge anything in the moment.
I knew Slabbed would certainly be publishing on this topic and the pause for reflection was a good thing. Whatever baser emotions we experienced inside Slabbed were gotten out of the way in fairly short order and that is good overall. We would never wish getting hit by a car and then lingering for two months inside a long term care facility during a pandemic on our worst enemy, which Abel would certainly make the short list. That said after news traveled another person Abel had terrorized with shithouse legal tactics described what happened as ‘karma’ to me. Such determinations are above my paygrade.
Ramon Vargas wrote the Obit for the Picayune and it was sourced by all the usual suspects in Abel’s adopted son Shane Gates and his long time friend Eric Paulsen. This much is true about him, he was gold to his friends and had excellent people skills. He was at his best as a lawyer teamed up with the late Wendell Gauthier during the class action bonanza of the 1990s, the worst abuses of which resulted in tort reform. Abel was the political component of that team as he had judges in his pocket and political connections including and especially with former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.
I have a unique perspective on the past year in MAGA Land, as someone who has fought a goatherder or two (or three) and prevailed. When it comes to the Goatherder named Donald Trump I operated on three assumptions:
With that out of the way I’ll also admit to enjoying seeing the GOP in civil war. When you court right wingnut extremists as your base voter, essentially capitalizing on the ignorance associated with such low information voters, thinking you can control the resulting mob is pretty stupid when your caucus includes so many flame throwers who are as sociopathic as the current disaster-in-chief. Now we have a disaster and aftermath to deal with.
Next up a topic that continues to wax and wane in the sport of American Football. Certain Blowhard Politicians maintain that declines in Tee Vee ratings for the NFL is the result of player protests. Poppa John got in the act trying to lay blame for a shitty quarter on the same but the reality is closer to what the network executives are saying in the product being over exposed on the airways. Here is one such media account from a month back:
It looks like vexatious litigant Shane Gates must surrender himself for trial in St Tammany before any of his myriad of civil suits filed by his lawyer / adopted father Danny Abel which named judges, prosecutors, the Sheriff along with court employees and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell can move forward. Judge Duvall explained why this has to be a few weeks back via a six page opinion:
What can I say folks except there has been some movement in the case styled Gates v Swartz and none of it looks good for professional plaintiff Shane Gates as there is an attachment for Gate’s arrest for failure to appear. A former client of Gate’s lawyer Daniel Abel tells Slabbed Gates has been staying at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia though it is impossible to know if he is there now on the run from the law but that would be my first guess. In any event here is the salient document which shows the arrest warrant for Gates:
And you know what is screwed up folks is I still can’t fill my readers in on the details because Attorney Daniel Abel, on an ex parte basis with Judge Glenn Ansardi, had the case sealed when Abel filed it. This is something I am very committed to seeing remedied. 24th JDC Judge Scott Schlegel, now presiding over the case granted Slabbed’s Special Motion to Strike the Complaint under Louisiana’s Anti SLAPP statute and awarded reasonable Attorney Fees. Slabbed New Media LLC was very capably represented by Connie Montgomery in the matter.
Due to the abuses that were perpetrated by Attorney Abel in this matter, in April of this year on behalf of Slabbed New Media I filed suit in United States District Court against Abel for willful violations of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act related to the DMCA takedown notices he sent to Slabbed’s current web host, Host Gator LLC related to publicly available court documents that he claimed infringed on a copyright. Slabbed New Media will show that Abel’s DMCA takedown notice, which he swore under perjury was true, was confected from whole cloth. United States District Court Judge Keith Starrett is presiding over this case.
Finally, Slabbed New Media will be asserting similar DMCA abuse torts against Trout Point Lodge, Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary related to their multi-year campaign of abuses of the United States Digital Millenium Copyright Act including their assertion of ownership of parodies created and owned by third parties such as Patrica Fournet and Frank Magazine. Under the DMCA, a party issuing a takedown request swears under penalty of perjury they own the creative works in question. I look forward to having my day in court in defense of the First Amendment and Journalism in the Public Interest.
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From the Eyewitness NewsTM crash and burn files it appears Judge Vance has run out of patience with Danny Abel not paying his court ordered sanctions. (Vital background here) Click the pic to score the 4 page PDF where Judge Vance tells Abel to pay up or face contempt of court: