OK folks time is short today but we had additional coverage of yesterday’s resignation of disgraced former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson that included a new revelation by Fox 8 reporter Val Bracy that I want to make certain is not overlooked. Before we get to that lets begin with the WWL TV story on Wilkinson’s resignation:
We also have a copy of Wilkinson’s resignation letter courtesy of WWLTV and Scribd:
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Next up is Val Bracy’s excellent report for Fox8 which I excerpt:
Wilkinson’s resignation comes one day after the parish announced that it turned over evidence of possible wrong doing to state and federal investigators.
That evidence includes possible payroll discrepancies in Wilkinson’s office and political activity he participated in that violated the parish code of ordinances.
The story behind the story was revealed today on Slabbed by Whitmergate:
I am now told that the Federal Government is investigating the possibility that there are numerous Asst. Parish Attorneys on the payroll, but where are they? Ms. Barton’s return of a PRR request of the names of all Asst. Parish Attorneys may not be complete; or that possibly these individuals have been assigned to the various boards and/or commissions and have been lost to her mismanagement.
I think the bottom line here is there is more to this story than Mr. Theriot is letting on which also adds a bit more color on why I highlighted that piece of Parish business which is now known in Slabbed parlance as item #84 the night before last council meeting. (Those that wish to follow Paul Rioux’s coverage of item #84 and link to the T-P story can find the link on my post on that topic here.)
So while the powers that be at the T-P tap their collective toe waiting for Mr Theriot to explain the Tuesday Night Massacre lets visit with a companion story at Fox 8 and that new revelation:
The Jefferson Parish attorney’s office confirms that federal investigators are planning to subpoena documents related to the parish’s controversial red light camera program.
The red light camera program is very familiar to Slabbed readers as we profiled the media coverage plus added a little of our own here, here and here. To shortcut things traffic violation appeals from the Parish court would be heard in the 24th Judicial District Courts where Robert Murphy is chief judge. We have since learned that there was an evergreen commission going to insurance agent Bryan Wagner for whom Judge Murphy’s wife Julie was associated. Aside from the fact that Jefferson Parish traffic appellate court now appears to be a rigged game is it now any surprise the two lawsuits against the red light camera have also languished in the 24th Judicial District Court?
Slabbed reports you decide.