As our readers may expect from the premiere legal affairs blog in the gulf south we were the early innovators in the topic of New Orleans Civil District Court Judge Michgael Bagneris being nominated to a spot on the Louisiana Eastern District with a post Nowdy did back in April 2009 on his nomination to the federal bench at the same time Jim Letten was retained as US Attorney for the LAED. We were also the blog which broke Bagneris’ order delaying a trial until after the Superbowl back on late January, a topic which went viral and landed on the front page of the Picayune later on that day (where we were not credited). However, we won’t take credit for breaking the news Bagneris was rejected as unfit to serve by Team Obama as Bruce Alpert at the Times Picayune did that but unlike Mr. Alpert and his employer that prefer to protect these type of characters, Slabbed add some color as to why Mr Bagneris is unfit to serve as a federal judge. Let’s begin with Bruce Alpert and his recent report on the rejection:
In a surprise move, Barack Obama’s administration has rejected Sen. Mary Landrieu’s recommendation to fill a federal judgeship in New Orleans, asking her to offer another candidate to replace her choice of Parish Civil Court Judge Michael Bagneris.
Landrieu had recommended Bagneris, 60, a 17-year veteran of the parish court, in April 2009, at the same she suggested that President Obama retain Jim Letten as U.S. attorney. Obama accepted that recommendation.
Landrieu expressed disappointment with the White House rejection, which came this week.
“Judge Bagneris has served the people of New Orleans and Louisiana with great distinction for 39 years,” Landrieu said. “As a member of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court and chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, he has been recognized as a leader nationally. I was proud to recommend such a distinguished judge, mentor, teacher and might I add, Yale University and Tulane Law School graduate.”
The article sheds no light on why he was rejected and Mary Landrieu is full of it with her praise of Bagneris, who is better known in the legal community as an arrogant jurist that treats the lawyer who practice before him “like shit”. Such sentiment is also reflected in the comments to Alpert’s story. That personality flaw is not enough to keep him from the federal bench however. That said Alpert uses Ronald Sholes as a character source on Bagneris so let’s continue with the long wet kiss from the Picayune:
His friends and associates were disappointed with the White House announcement.
“I am sorry to hear this news,” said New Orleans Traffic Judge Ron Sholes. “Judge Bagneris has done an excellent job on the Civil District Court bench. He has been a leader in law-related activities, local and national. The loss to the federal judiciary will be a gain to the state. Hopefully, he will be considered again in the future.”
Folks having Ronald Sholes vouch for one’s character is kinda like getting Butch Ward’s endorsement in Jefferson Parish. It may be meaningful to those on the take but not to those that know what kind of character Sholes possesses. It seems like just yesterday that we busted Sholes for his unethical activities as traffic court judge when the Times Picayune used as for cover in their front page story on Sholes fixing tickets and the inherent ex parte communication involved. In fact a legal expert referred to that which was going on in NOLA traffic court as “low level rot”, a fact the Times Picayune editorial board rightfully referred to on their Op-Ed page.
But isn’t there something else we are forgetting about New Orleans civil district court, besides it being the venue of choice when John Houghtaling passes threats to those that cross him? It shares office space with 1st City Court and the perpetually absent with pay Sonja Spears, who collects a paycheck for being a judge while living in the Boston area. And then of course we have those pesky rumors of corruption in the Civil District Court itself which I reported so as to lay down a timestamp for future reference.
So there you have it gang, lots of smoke plus a rejection from Team Obama. Sad thing is the Landrieu’s are plugged in and know the score yet Mary sends a miscreant up the hill hoping Team Obama is not paying attention to what his US Attorney here is doing with his current investigations.
Speaking of Mary the old saying about opposites attract comes to mind when I consider her well documented battles with Diaper Dave Vitter. Without delving into Mary’s sexual preferences I’ll add she knows a thing or two about pay to play as the good folks at CREW noted back in 2008 when they filed an ethics compliant against her for quickly repaying a $30,000 campaign contribution with a nice fat government earmark which totaled $2,000,000 to the folks at Voyager Expanded Learning. The word I get is Moon’s daughter is a fairly hollow and one track type of person so the fact she would nominate a dud like Bagneris is not really a surprise here at Slabbed. It’s politics as usual folks. No wonder the LAED is such a cesspool.