Update: Louisiana sheriff’s raid on blogger’s home

We reported last year on how the sheriff of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, relying on the state’s old and constitutionally infirm criminal-libel law, had raided the house and seized the computers of a local man suspected of being responsible for a gadfly blog that had criticized the sheriff and other community figures. Now, unsurprisingly, a federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to go forward seeking damages for the search: “Some qualified immunity cases are hard. This case is not one of them.” [Eugene Volokh]


  • Too bad the sheriff can’t be imprisoned in addition to paying out of his own pocket.

  • Kind of makes you wonder if the sheriff did this thinking he would be immune. A large fine in addition to a little time in his own pokey may get the word out they’re not above the law just because they enforce it.