So here I am, sitting at a major crossroads in Slabbed’s coverage of the scandal in Jefferson Parish…..
And guys I’m agonizing because I’ve had a comprehensive post in drafts since August detailing the retaliation against anyone who has covered or spoken out on the massive political corruption scandal in Jefferson Parish by Aaron Broussard and his band of Goatherders. The original plan, based upon the advice of my lawyer Bobby Truitt was to roll it out after I won my SPEECH Act case against Broussard’s business agents/co-conspirators in Canada, Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret. For reasons I can’t go into at this time (and frankly I may never be able to go into) I’m still holding said post, which documents the events in detail. It will roll folks, that I promise.
But there is more because of Mark Moseley’s recent Lens column on internet commenter Jack, whom most everyone that is paying attention has deduced is Sal Perricone myself included. It is no secret I want to visit with Sal and to the extent he honors his ethical obligations as an attorney, he has the same rights as everyone else to express his opinions as he sees fit. But alas there is an investigation ongoing into the commenting scandal at the US Attorney’s office thus this Manuel Torres story for NOLA yesterday puts the stakes for everyone involved in that fight in perspective as the defamation suit Heebe v Perricone has been stayed by mutual request of the litigants.
Speaking of that investigation I can confirm the Department of Justice is crawling every square inch of Slabbed looking for evidence of grand jury leaks with particular emphasis on my composite source, the Legendary Wino of Lafayette Square. I think this diligence is a good thing because DoJ DC is taking the investigation very seriously and they should. I’d like to add that I do not expect to be subpoenaed by Team Horn. I absolutely love the fact officialdom thinks enough of Slabbed’s comprehensive post archives on the corruption scandal in Metro New Orleans to read it in detail.
But Jack is still on my mind because Jack, post employment of course, had other handles that he used on Slabbed and what the guy had to say, I thought was highly enlightening. So I have a conundrum, do I out Jack’s other alias to make a very important, albeit self serving point or do I leave it be and file it under the sanctity of commenting on Slabbed. I mean Perricone was way on the inside of the investigation back in the day so his observations about certain matters tangential to it must be accorded great weight. My best advice to Sal is next time, stay away from Laborde.
This is all topical folks for several reasons but nothing woke up the NOLA area blogosphere more than good ol’ Randall Cajun aka Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret of Trout Point Lodge over at the Real Malice blog. As Mark Moseley aka Oyster explains on his blog Your Right Hand Thief that Leary and Perret must be in very close contact with Aaron Broussard to know whom the former Goatherder in Chief lunches with in New Orleans. Indeed the hints I’ve left about the numerous Nova Scotia based SLAPP suits against Slabbed , clearly coordinated with Aaron Broussard, have people putting the pieces of this story together because Oyster did another post on radio host Jeff Crouere and how Broussard got columnist David Bellinger banned from NewOrleans.com. Jeffrey over at Library Chronicles was then kind enough to connect the next set of dots to the harassment of Slabbed New Media and its commenters by Broussard and his band of Goatherding Canadian based thugs. Jason over at American Zombie is also keyed into the same set of facts.
This is important for several reasons, the first being that Broussard, hiding behind his straw men in Canada, filed suit against the Times Picayune way back in 2010. The alleged defamation was the connection of Trout Point Lodge and it’s owners, Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret to Broussard’s corrupt bribery scheme. According to reports published in the paper in January 2010 Leary claimed Broussard was just some guy down the road who had no connection to the lodge. We now know this is a bald face lie and based upon that lie, Leary, Perret and Danny Abel collected a financial settlement from Steve Newhouse. It also appears the paper can no longer cover anything involving Leary, Abel or Perret, a stated precondition to any proposed settlement with Slabbed New Media. This is a shame, especially since the lawsuit was all based on a lie.
One would think after being busted so badly on American Zombie, Broussard and his SLAPP happy nut job business partners would consider the implications of their actions. Instead Randall Cajun took to Real Malice with a post containing implied threats they would pursue criminal defamation against Slabbed and others in Canada and yes Virginia, in Canada they still lock people up based upon what they say. Third world does not begin to describe it.
Finally it is time everyone hipped up to the Streisand Effect because it is happening with each escalation by the Goatherders using foreign courts with abusive defamation laws to silence journalism and discussion of this American news story. Stay tuned.