Posted Aug 12, 2014 04:55 pm CDT
A Louisiana district attorney set up a website in his name when he was campaigning for election, then let the registration expire after he won a second term in office.
Now an unidentified gadfly has purchased the domain name formerly used by District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla and is using it as a platform to criticize him professionally and personally, WAFB reports.
D’Aquilla, who serves as DA for East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish, said he is trying to get a subpoena to figure out who is operating the site.
Justin Ourso, a lawyer who discussed the website with the station, said it would only be illegal if the operator is violating copyright or trademark law by using D’Aquilla’s name.
To win a civil defamation case and damages, D’Aquilla would have to prove both a false statement and malice or reckless disregard for the truth, since he is a public figure, according to Ourso.