There are times that we get tips that simply defy description. This one comes courtesy of a proverbial buttcall via Baton Rouge Lawyer Donna Grodner. The names should be familar ones to the Louisiana legal community.
Through an odd series of events involving a “butt call”, Judge Hymel was found participating with Lewis Unglesby in what may be described as an “ex parte” communication on the case. An “ex parte” communication occurs when an attorney has a private conversation with a sitting judge about litigation over which the judge presides. It was reported that the phone conversation was taped.
Attorney Donna Grodner whose office was the inadvertent receiver of the “butt call” commented as follows, “This explains a lot of what has been going on in this case. Although I had a feeling something was going on – I could never put my finger on it. I am sorry for the delays this will cause in the litigation, which has already been strung out too long by these individuals.”
Indeed as the Slabbed can attest getting the shaft without benefit of lubrication can be most disconcerting and as our own Robert can attest lawyers milking this type litigation are sometimes a very big problem as we continue our peek behind the back door into the world of ex parte communication:
Ms. Grodner commented, “It was one of the scariest things I have ever been through being on the other end of a butt call and hearing two powerful attorneys, one of whom is a former US attorney and judge on my case conspiring against you. My heart was pounding and my hands were shaking. I was horrified.”
Not quite so horrified as the rump ranger himself after he learned he was ratted out by his own ass:
A letter was immediately sent to all parties advising that Ms. Grodner heard and taped the conversation and that she opposed the continuance they planned but believed from what she heard that impartiality was compromised and that Judge Hymel should recuse himself.
Of course we would run none of this without some proof and Ms Grodner was quick to provide it. So I’ve uploaded the entire PR to SCRIBD. Enjoy – sop
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