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MEET BEN SMITH, SAC COUNTY, IOWA DA TAKING ON RIPOFFREPORT.COM
In Gunfight at the OK Corral, a U.S. Marshal from the prairie is called to Arizona to help his brother stand his ground against a band of cattle thieves. The character is an American archetype that is alive and well in the last untamed frontier — the Internet.
Ben Smith, District Attorney for Sac County, Iowa is a modern Wyatt Earp. UnlikeGunfight, he was not summoned to Arizona, but rather Arizona came to him when Tempe-based RipOffReport.com and others sought to exploit a pending murder trial as part of a proxy war against an Internet security expert seeking to expose them. RipOffReport.com (“ROR”) is the nation’s leading “gripe” site, where consumers and others post various complaints about individuals and businesses which feature prominently in Google searches due to ROR’s search engine optimization capability.
To say this is a David versus Goliath battle is an understatement since Sac County has a population of 10,071, whereas ROR has that many unique visitors every 45 minutes. Yet this tiny county is about to have a major impact on the future of the Internet. READ MORE ON HUFFINGTON POST
BIO: A fifth generation Sac County resident, County Attorney Ben Smith was born in Sac City and raised in Lake View, where he graduated from Wall Lake View-Auburn High School. He continued his education locally at Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) in Fort Dodge, and Buena Vista University (BVU) in Storm Lake, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science. While at BVU, Smith earned both Intercollegiate and Academic All-American honors in football and was the lead in two of the University’s musical productions. He and about forty other former Beaver Football players held agility, speed, and other pretty cool in-house records until BVU’s new strength and conditioning coach decided to lower the bar and erase history.
County Attorney Smith earned his law degree from Drake University Law School. After graduating Drake with honors, Smith was hired as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa (Child Support Recovery Unit) in Council Bluffs, where he remained until the start of his 2010 campaign for Sac County Attorney. In November 2010, the residents of Sac County elected Smith to be their new County Attorney. In addition to his duties as Sac County Attorney, Smith serves as a Captain in the Iowa Army National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
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