Felicianas DA calls mocking website ‘immature and childish’

Sam D’Aquilla doesn’t know who snatched up the website address he used in his re-election campaign six years ago, but he definitely does not approve of its current message.

The website at www.samdaquilla.com mimics a typical lawyer’s website, with a homepage that says: “Sharing My True Character with the Felicianas.”

But scroll down and it’s clear that this isn’t a website touting the accomplishments of the two-term district attorney for East and West Feliciana parishes.

A headline floating in an image of the scales of justice proclaims, “Bringing Stupidity to the People,” and it invites the website’s visitors to “Find Out How I Can Help My Special Friends.”

It gets worse from there, and more personal, moving from the home page to tabs labeled mission statement, list of practice areas and contact information.

Among other things, the website mocks D’Aquilla with claims that he practices “targeted prosecution” and suggests that he’s a philanderer.

D’Aquilla said it would be “totally ridiculous to respond to any specific allegations” on the site, but condemned it generally as “unauthorized, immature and childish.”

“It sounds like political B.S. to me,” he said.

But having the site removed is proving more difficult than D’Aquilla thought.

A representative of GoDaddy.com, the domain registration service used to register the Web address, advised that the website could be taken down only if it contained illicit images or content, D’Aquilla said.

“They said anybody can do it (register a domain including someone else’s name) if the name isn’t copyrighted,” D’Aquilla said.

D’Aquilla had used the website for his campaign six years ago but let the registration expire after he was re-elected.

GoDaddy.com’s online records do not reveal who re-registered samdaquilla.com shortly after midnight on Aug. 4, and D’Aquilla said the company wouldn’t identify the website’s new owner.

D’Aquilla said he will have to get a subpoena to find out more, and he is working on that.

D’Aquilla said he has contacted the State Police about the website but, “it’s hard for me to say ‘Investigate this’ because I don’t want to get into a conflict using the police to do that.”

D’Aquilla also will have to make sure his old campaign signs, which included the Web address, are replaced with new ones.

“Whoever did this probably saw it on one of our old signs and thought to create the website,” he said.

With qualifying for the Nov. 4 election still a couple weeks away, a complete list of candidates for district attorney in the 20th Judicial District is unknown. However, David R. Opperman, assistant district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, announced his intention to run for the post in July.

Opperman said Friday he had seen the website, which he described as “pretty awful,” but said he had nothing to do with creating it.

Opperman said he and D’Aquilla are friends and have known each other for a long time.

“He is not my enemy. He’s my opponent,” Opperman said. “I just wouldn’t do that.”

D’Aquilla expressed frustration at the time and expense it will take to deal with the faux campaign site, saying, “I have a real job and kids, and now I have to deal with something I don’t even have time for.

“The more I think about it, the more aggravated I get.”

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