No one could make this stuff up; so, adding to the Perdigao Puzzle, are four new items on the docket – including the Second Superseding Indictment that NAAS mentioned in comment – along with this from the ABA Journal: Ex-Partner May Plead in Fraud Case Over Alleged $30M La Law Firm Theft.
A news agency is reporting that James Perdigao…is expected to plead guilty.”Court records show that former Adams and Reese law partner James Perdigao has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Friday,” reports the Associated Press. However, his legal counsel and a spokesman for the local U.S. Attorney, Jim Letten, did not comment…
At a hearing Monday, an FBI agent testified that Perdigao has continued accessing the Adams and Reese system ever since he was fired in 2004. He filed a racketeering suit against Adams and Reese earlier this year which the law firm says is baseless. It contends that the firm trumped up the theft claim after he refused to go along with unsavory practices.
Meanwhile, a federal magistrate revoked Perdigao’s $2 million bond on Monday, based in part on new claims that he hacked into the law firm’s computers earlier this month…Those claims resulted in a grand jury indictment yesterday, the AP notes…I
In that case, Perdigao is accused of stealing confidential correspondence between the firm, prosecutors and the FBI, as well as bills and records… (emphasis added)
The irony of scheduling Perdigao’s change of plea hearing on October 31st, is not lost – Perdigao versus the saints starting at 11:00am tomorrow before Judge Fallon.
The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems…The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Eve as it is the eve of All Hallows’ Day which is now also known as All Saints Day.
In the interest of your time and mine, here’s the second-superseding-indictment– and a h/t to NAAS for his help.
All of the evil revealed in the allegations he made about the USA, his former law partners and others – and a Halloween hearing for the case.
Sop here, on the eve of tomorrow’s expected plea I’ll add some speculation about one possible behind the scenes scenario. If it is too wacky I hope Sally, NAAS or Rick will set me straight but it ties things together in my mind, especially a recent anonymous communication with us on slabbed.
If there is one person the feds really want in New Orleans it is soon to be re-elected crook Dollar Bill Jefferson. Our readers may recall one of the key allegations levied by Jamie Perdigao involved his client and star Edwin Edwards prosecution witness Robert Guidry bribing Dollar Bill so he would intercede with Eddie Jordan in his sentencing. Nowdy noted a few days ago about new lawyers being enrolled on behalf of the Government in Perdigao’s case. It could be the deal was cut with DoJ DC Public Integrity with Letten out of the loop.
Again a disclaimer that the above is 30% interpreted data and 70% conjecture. But as I roll this thing around in my mind it is the only plausible explanation I can think of that explains all the recent events, including one thing I have the privlege of knowing on a confidential basis that I can not disclose.
Sally, NAAS, Rick, shoot me down if this is too wacked out. – sop
UPDATE: A little more about what will take place today in New Orleans from Friday’s Times Picayune.
Former Adams and Reese law partner Jamie Perdigao appears to have struck a deal with the federal government to plead guilty in the long-running and lurid case against him, in which he stands accused of stealing $30 million from his former employer and stashing the bulk of it in a Swiss bank account.
Court documents show Perdigao is scheduled to be in federal magistrate court in New Orleans today at 10 a.m. to enter a plea to a revised indictment returned by a grand jury this week. He will be limited to pleading innocent there because federal law does not allow magistrate judges to take guilty pleas to felony charges.
But Perdigao, 46, will be under no such constraint when he appears before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon an hour later for what court records describe as a change of plea hearing. As the name suggests, such hearings almost invariably indicate that a defendant has decided to plead guilty.
Neither U.S. Attorney Jim Letten nor Perdigao attorney William Wessel would comment Thursday about specific charges to which Perdigao might enter a guilty plea.
A plea deal would likely bring to a close one of the stranger legal dramas to hit the federal docket in recent years…
Strange it is; but, as you can see from comments on this and other posts, no one here thinks a plea deal will bring closure for years.