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Raid of anti-sheriff blogger ruled unconstitutional.

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posted on Aug, 27 2016 @ 07:36 PM

Sheriff’s Raid to Find Blogger Who Criticized Him Was Unconstitutional, Court Rules.

An appellate court in Baton Rouge ruled Thursday that a raid on a police officer’s house in search of the blogger who had accused the sheriff of corruption was unconstitutional.

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals argued that Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s investigation into the blog ExposeDAT had flawed rationale: the alleged defamation was not actually a crime as applied to a public official.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputies raided the home of a blogger who routinely criticized and exposed what he felt was corruption by town officials.

The anti-corruption blog can be found here: ExposeDAT.

Their excuse for the raid: the blog’s author committed criminal defamation against the parish’s insurance agent, Tony Alford...

What makes this story more interesting is that the home owner, Wayne Anderson, is a police officer.

Anderson's lawyer argued that his client's First-, Fourth-, and 14th-Amendment rights had been violated.

Took some time and a lot of money but eventually, the courts agreed.

Scary times.

posted on Aug, 27 2016 @ 09:14 PM
a reply to: gladtobehere

This story reminds me of the mayor of Peoria, IL that raided the home of a young man who created a fake twitter account impersonating the mayor. The mayor ended up having to settle a lawsuit for more than $100,000 (of Peoria tax payer funds) to the young man for having violated his first amendment rights. Not to mention the fact that the satirical twitter account even had a bold disclaimer indicating that it was fraudulent.

posted on Aug, 27 2016 @ 09:18 PM
a reply to: gladtobehere

Sad that it had to take the court to rule it unconstitutional.

Our rights are a fragile thing.

posted on Aug, 27 2016 @ 09:57 PM
At least it was ruled unconstitutional. However,of course, should have never been allowed to happen. Props to the officer Wayne Anderson for exposing the corrupt entities.

posted on Aug, 28 2016 @ 12:40 AM
Of course it's unconstitutional.
When did personal vendettas of the law enforcement go up for grabs?

Every officer involved should be threatened with deportation. It's every citizens job to defend the constitution.

posted on Aug, 28 2016 @ 07:12 AM
a reply to: gladtobehere
S&F..Freedom heh,what freedom?..So glad I'm later side of 30,I feel sorry for our next generation.Bunch of Jackboot thugs marching "orders"saying they're just doing their "jobs"..

edit on 28-8-2016 by greydaze because: (no reason given)

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