Domestic violence costs were dropped in opposition to the previous Houma blogger at the center of a settled unfastened speech lawsuit. Prosecutors stated they declined to pursue fees against Jennifer Anderson, 34, who turned into at the beginning charged with domestic abuse battery with baby endangerment. She and her husband, former Houma Police officer Wayne Anderson, filed a lawsuit against Terrebonne Parish in 2016 that alleged their unfastened speech rights were violated while the Sheriff’s Office searched their home and seized their electronics even as investigating her now-defunct blog exposed that criticized Terrebonne officials.
Terrebonne Parish paid the couple $50,000 to settle the lawsuit in June 2017, and the Sheriff’s Office paid $one hundred fifty,000 in September 2017. In February, Wayne Anderson, 38, resigned from the Houma Police Department after being charged with domestic abuse battery with infant endangerment in December. His prices are nonetheless pending and might be dealt with through the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office, authorities stated. Jennifer Anderson these days obtained probation after pleading guilty on March 8 to the first offense DWI. She turned into at the beginning charged with 2nd-offense DWI.
The Attorney General’s Office, which treated the prosecution of Jennifer Anderson, opted to drop the charges after thinking about the proof, spokesman Jacques Ambers said. “After thinking about the evidence and the victim’s request now not to pursue prices, our workplace decided to forego prosecution,” Ambers said Monday in an electronic mail. Jennifer Anderson turned into at the beginning arrested on Feb. 4 following a police welfare check, authorities stated. Wayne Anderson requested the government to behavior welfare take a look at his spouse and their 5-yr-vintage at their domestic, consistent with the police file.
While knocking at the door, police noticed lighting turning on and off in the home, the file reads. Wayne Anderson then used his house key to go into the residence. After Wayne Anderson entered the home, his spouse walked out of a bedroom and driven him within the chest, keeping with the document. Jennifer Anderson changed into then arrested and booked on the Terrebonne Parish Prison. Her legal professional Max Smitko said his purchaser changed into satisfied to put the difficulty in the back of her. “We got the letter early final week pronouncing they refused the prices,” he stated. “Certainly, she’s satisfied to transport on from that bankruptcy in her lifestyles and get returned to ordinary.”