Blogger Criticizes Sheriff, So Sheriff Raids Home And Takes Computers

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[8/20/16]  Posting critical blogs is now a crime in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, where sheriff’s deputies raided a blogger’s home and seized two computers and five cell phones.

The deputies were trying to identify the person behind a blog called ExposeDAT.

ExposeDAT accused a number of local officials, including Sheriff Jerry Larpenter, Parish President Gordon Dove and District Attorney Joe Waitz, of various forms of corruption, according to WWL-TV.

One of the last entries on the blog, dated July 31, accused officials of helping a company called Baby Oil and Environmental Equipment Inc. avoid paying $400,000 in taxes to the parish.

On August 2, Larpenter’s deputies went to the home of Houma, Louisiana, Police Officer Wayne Anderson and executed a search warrant. The deputies seized computers and Facebook information in an attempt to determine who is behind ExposeDAT. The warrant is part of Waitz’s attempt to prosecute Anderson for a crime called criminal defamation.

Legal experts say the raid probably was unconstitutional.


Attorney Mary Ellen Roy told WWL that the U.S. Supreme Court found the law unconstitutional when it is used “…to punish public expression and publication concerning public officials, public figures and private individuals who are engaged in public affairs…CONTINUE READING

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