Two Mississippi blogs that gained some measure of recognition for creating a “Scruggs Sideshow” following the indictment of attorney Dick Scruggs are attempting a re-run based on the otherwise uneeventful ruling of a DC court judge – and “I call bullshit”.
The matter before the DC court was “bullshit”, too – “bullshit” from the “good neighbor” that’s Dick-Scruggs-made-me-do-it-defense to fraud was thwarted when Judge Senter issued an order bifurcating the trial of the Rigsby’s qui tam claim from State Farm’s counterclaim.
I am of the opinion that an attempt to try the Relators’ claim and State Farm’s counterclaim in a single proceeding is likely to hopelessly confuse the jury on the merits of both claims. Accordingly, I will bifurcate the trial of these two claims, and I will hear the evidence on the Relators’ qui tam claim first. I will stay discovery on State Farm’s counterclaim until the trial of the Relators’ claim has been completed, and I will schedule a separate trial to reach the merits of the counterclaim.
Since the fraud was so evident, hopelessly confusing the jury was the only hope State Farm had of defeating the Rigsbys’ claim. A decision for the Rigsbys in the first trial automatically defeats State Farm’s counterclaim as it would prove the documents copied by the Rigsbys were not stolen property but evidence of the fraud.
As the slabbed would expect, State Farm’s legal team came up with a bullshit-and-shovel-strategy to circumvent Judge Senter’s Order. In other words, State Farm launched a deep-sea fishing expedition into all things Scruggs using the D.C. based Rendon Group as bait. Rendon responded with a Motion to Quash and the Order issued yesterday denied all but two of the 20 requests for production State Farm demanded in its subpeona. Continue reading “"I call bullshit" – Mississippi blogs try to revive readership with re-run of "Scruggs Sideshow"”
“I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize. . .I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, [it is] subject to some sort of political pressure that, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown.”
Mollie Ivins must have had Texas Congressman Joe Barton in mind as he not only can’t “vote against ’em”, he apologized to ’em – proving [once again] “…politics in Texas – finest form of free entertainment ever invented”.
Nola.com reported, “Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas is issuing an apology — of sorts — about his apology to oil company BP“:
Barton had complained at a hearing earlier today that the Obama administration was forcing BP to set up a $20 billion “slush fund” for oil spill victims. Barton said he was ashamed of the White House’s actions — and he apologized to BP. Vice President Joe Biden called those remarks “outrageous.”
Hours after making the comments, Barton said his remarks had been “misconstrued.” He said, “I want to apologize for that misconstruction”…
For a reaction from our friends in Texas, I went to Kiss My Big Blue Butt and discovered Juanita Jean was back in the beauty shop reporting Republicans: The Party of Apology:
Our good friend Eclair put this in the comment section, but with all the comments about Joe Barton, I was afraid you’d miss it and be deprived of a great Friday treat.
Head on over here to see what else Old Whore Joe Barton has promised. Once you get there, hit refresh to get another one. Continue reading “"…if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office"”
Editilla was very kind to stop in with us a few days back sharing a link to the Louisiana Coast Post which has been all over the folly of the sand berms. Let’s begin there:
Most residents of south Louisiana and the main stream media have swallowed, hook, line and sinker, the fish story from Governor Jindal and his staff that we can dredge our way out of the B.Pocalypse by constructing sand barriers around our sinking deltaic coast. The sand berm sales job has clearly been an outstanding success.
But wait, a new Robert Young has now emerged as a media figure, not an actor playing a salesman but a coastal scientist playing the critical role of a policy advocate. This modern Robert Young, a coastal geology professor at Western Carolina University, has weighed in on Governor Jindal’s sand berm solution for saving our coast.
Professor Young wrote an Op/Ed Column in The New York Times on June 11 about this controversial and curious concept, the idea of preventing BP spoilage of the Mississippi River delta, not with shrink wrap but with sand berms. His column lists the very same concerns about going through with this project that have been expressed in LaCoastPost here; here; here; here; and here.
Rob well makes the case in the NYT. Here is a snippet:
The state understandably wants to move quickly and on a large scale, and no one wants to stop a project like this simply because it is spending too much of BP’s money. The problem, however, is that the berms won’t work as promised, and their construction will monopolize resources that could be used more effectively elsewhere. Continue reading “Making the case against the Jindal/Nungesser sand berm scheme: Rob Young appears in the New York Times. Slabbed highlights Billy Nungesser's double dealing with BP.”