That even judges are human. In case everyone missed it RFP is once again Johnny on the Spot with some very topical links. I was buried neck deep in several massive Excel spreadsheets and the topic was close enough to home that I surfaced yesterday to express shock and dismay. Upon further review I think I can add to this discussion but first, with a tip of the hat to the Investigative Blogger that broke the story as Mike has gone international (h/t Mrs Sop):
This story has all sorts of connotations for me. First off Tiger Droppings is my favorite local BB bar none, especially the O-T Lounge. Even better is the fact there have been several occasions that Slabbed and Tiger Droppings have cross pollinated. I can say with some authority a link from one of their boards is a quality one from a traffic standpoint.
Second thing is Joe Patrice at Above the Law nailed the human psychology at play so for those that missed it yesterday here is the link and quote:
The psychological term for it is The Online Disinhibition Effect, a condition brought on by the interlocking effects of dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and minimization of authority. This is the condition that leads people otherwise aware of proper social and professional behavior to go off the rails and say things they would know not to broadcast publicly if the world could easily identify them.
That’s what happened to a self-identified judge who routinely posted under a pseudonym on a popular college sports board.
Down here we call that being a knucklehead. Here is the Blog that broke it wide open: Continue reading
If Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian-friendly President of Ukraine and his dentist son had been satisfied with stealing millions of dollars from the Ukrainian people instead of billions, the US-Russian confrontation over Ukraine and its autonomous province of Crimea would probably never have happened.
Such, however, was not the case. The Yanukovych kleptocracy, enforced by brutality, reached a level of obnoxiousness that it was a close call if the dear leader could find somebody to pilot a helicopter to help him escape his loving subjects before they tore him limb from limb.
With his man Viktor defeated and hiding from his people, Putin had a problem. What would be Russia’s relationship with the new, hastily-installed leadership of Ukraine and, specifically, how would the change of leadership in Kiev impact the autonomous province of Crimea?
Crimea, which has a majority Russian population, was given to Ukraine by Russia (at that time, the USSR) in 1954. It is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol. Continue reading………………
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
GOV. JIMMY DAVIS BROUGHT US SUNSHINE!
It could be the most recognized American song worldwide. Go to a small Asian community were little or no English is spoken. Then start humming “You Are My Sunshine.” More likely than not, the locals will join in singing along. Everyone knows the words to a down home tune written by a Louisiana country singer and movie star. And he was sworn in as Louisiana Governor seventy years ago this week.
Jimmy Davis was a popular country singer in the 1930s, and made a number of western movies including the likes of Cyclone Prairie Rangers, Mississippi Rhythm and Square Dance Katy. But throughout the world, he made his mark with “Sunshine.”
I was in Cambodia a few years back right at the Golden Triangle where Burma and Thailand converge. Breakfast at a rural village outdoor cafe’ with dirt floors, and a young waitress who knew as few words in English. “You American. I love America. I sing about America.” Then, with a big grim on her face, she broke out in song and danced around the dirt floor singing “You Are My Sunshine.”
After serving two terms as Louisiana Governor, Davis spent a lot of time at his farm in Northeast Louisiana, traveling back and forth from the state capitol in Baton Rouge. The Governor was friends with my senior law partner in Ferriday, and made it a habit of stopping by our office for a coffee break. I was a wet, behind the ears 26-year-old attorney, and often the only one in the office. So Jimmy Davis would talk at length about his life and gave me my initial political education. Continue Reading……..
Since its Tuesday how about a twofer:
Maybe Stacey Pickering has not read much about the government’s own estimate of fraud in the aftermath of Katrina. Is he just a damn liar or does he think the population of Ms. is so freaking dumb he can continue to fool them? ~ Biloxi Blues
— Vechorik (@informative9) March 4, 2014
My mind has been on the day job so I was just a bit lost this morning: Continue reading
First up a lovely oldie:
Top shelf legal costs $$$$. From Jackson County Deep Throat November 2013: Continue reading
Been going nonstop since Thursday folks as it is that magical time of the year so without further adieu:
Jefferson Parish Council botches hospital management process ~ City Business
Hear ye, hear ye!
Beginning on the evening of Saturday, November 23, 2013, Blouin engaged in celebratory activities with family members and friends involving the consumption of numerous alcoholic beverages in various business establishments located in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. At some undetermined time in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 24, 2013, Blouin lost consciousness, presence of mind and the ability to exercise reasonable judgment as the result of inebriation due to the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Something tells me the Barely Legal Club probably has pictures too as Beaver bucks are expensive items and guys with corporate cards are prime marks.
At approximately 4 pm on Sunday evening, November 24, 2013, Blouin regained consciousness and learned that he was located at the Barely Legal Club. While still suffering from the effects of excessive alcohol consumption and fatigue, Blouin was informed by at least two agents, employees and/or representatives of SBE that (1) while he was unconscious they, without his permission, removed from his person items of his personal property including his shoes, wallet and mobile telephone, and that (2) they would not retum to him his items of personal property unless and until he signed a receipt for credit card charges at the Barely Legal Club of which he had no knowledge or recollection. Moreover, the attitude, conduct and statements by SBE’s agents, employees and/or representatives caused Blouin to be concemed for his well-being and concerned that he would not be permitted to leave the Barely Legal Club unless and until he signed the credit card receipt, regardless of the fact that petitioner had no knowledge or recollection of the charges.
At this point I’d like to remind everyone of the economic concept of signalling. This concept is interdisciplinary in application and my limited experience is one place it applies is in the practice of law. Assuming a lawyer has the sense not to BS a judge a party to litigation will often self reveal facts.
I mention this because I detected some signalling in the appeal of Magistrate Wilkinson’s order thus the post title. Whether or not the T-P’s lawyers are BSing on the signal sent is the only question left in my mind. The early pre-appeal predictions are that Judge Lemmon would not overrule Magistrate Wilkinson. We shall see.