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Anti-corruption blogger gets the last laugh after sheriff tries to expose him

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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana will be closing down its investigation into an anonymous blogger after a court ruling. An appellate court in Baton Rouge has found that the sheriff violated the Constitution by raiding a police officer’s house to investigate an online blog.

The First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpente use of Louisiana’s criminal defamation law to get a warrant to search for an anti-corruption blogger was unconstitutional, WWLTV reported.

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Larpenter obtained the warrants in an attempt to expose the identity of ExposeDAT’s pseudonymous blogger, John Turner.

Larpenter and his officers raided the home of a Houma police officer Wayne Anderson earlier this month as part of an investigation into the blog. Officers seized two laptop computers and five cell phones as part of their investigation.

Insurance broker Tony Alford had accused the blog of defamation for questioning his business contracts. The blog had also questioned public contracts involving Larpenter.

But the court said the alleged defamation was not actually a crime, because Alford is a public figure.

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“I love it when justice is tangible,” Jerri Smitko, one of Andersons’ lawyers, told The Intercept.

“With that piece of paper it says that what they did was unconstitutional — that’s a great feeling because you’re holding it in your hand and it’s vindication for people that they intended to oppress,” she added.

Anderson has denied being the author behind ExposeDAT.

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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