Our friends at We Saw That remember the earliest days of Slabbed’s NOLA area corruption coverage….
If Slabbed the book is ever written, the section on the beginnings of our Louisiana chapter of the Slabbed Nation would certainly start with our coverage of the saga of Jamie Perdigao, a name I’ve seen dropped in comments several times of late here. It was Perdigao that landed Slabbed on the front page of the Times Picayune, in a story written by Gordon Russell, if memory serves, back in 2008. It was our coverage of Perdigao’s fight with Jim Letten’s office that would later open doors for Slabbed as a variety of people would end up contacting us as a result of that topic. Jamie Perdigao ended up being crushed and these days he is doing his time at the Pensacola FPC. More so than anything else though, our coverage of the Perdigao saga along with USA v O’Dwyer illustrates we call these cases on what we perceive are their own merits.
Though the Slabbed of yore is now long gone, sleeping with the cyberfishes thanks to the Goatherders, snippets of some of our original pages do survive and the good folks at We Saw That linked a post there circa 2008 last night on twitter marking the date that Slabbed landed on their radar.
Since then some of the players in USA v Perdigao, including former Congressman Bob Livingston, have periodically surfaced on these pages. New Orleans has got to be the biggest small town in the US though the themes of everyone knowing everyone else recur across the deep south. If you’re newbie to Slabbed and want to understand the inside of the current commenting scandal inside of the New Orleans US Attorney’s office I’d start with USA v Perdigao.