U.S. Atty. Jim Letten, must be proud of doctoring the facts and evidence from the “Operation Wrinkled Robe” / Gretna Louisiana Courthouse / Bail Bonds Unlimited scandals which concealed Judge Thomas Porteous, preventing Porteous from the same fate as his former judges, sheriffs, and other affiliates who went to jail. Diligence in doctoring the “Operation Wrinkled Robe” facts, prior to sending them to the FEDS in Washington also helped Porteous’ secretary, as Porteous went on to become a federal judge, continue his illegal activities; and now his handsome salary despite being evicted from his federal bench. Even more appalling is the fact that all these years, Porteous had been destroying certain peoples’ lives and ruining businesses. I have no doubt that U. S. Senator David Vitter is happy that –in reward for covering for Vitter and the other “Johns” involved in the Canal Street Brothel– Vitter secured U.S. Atty Letten’s placement at the New Orleans location INjustice Department. As it pertains to Porteous’ secretary who apparently thought she should continue being employed as ?somebody’s federal secretary? and she filed a lawsuit to get her job. One would think that she would see a problem with the fact that she helped Porteous to abuse litigants, or maybe this revelation: “Secretary for federal judge Thomas Porteous paid his gambling debts” http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/judges_secretary_paid_his_bill.html
“Without academic integrity, there can be no trust or reliance on the effectiveness, accuracy, or value
of a University’s teaching, learning, research, or public service activities.”
Foreign oil giant BP is on a spending spree, buying Gulf Coast scientists for its private contractor army. Scientists from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M have “signed contracts with BP to work on their behalf in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process” that determines how much ecological damage the Gulf of Mexico region is suffering from BP’s toxic black tide. The contract, the Mobile Press-Register has learned, “prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years.”
I’d already picked up the Think Progress post hanging on the Editilla’s awesome new Ladder and was ready to call out Mississippi State when I ran across a Clarion Ledger story suggesting Mississippi’s Commissioner of Higher Education may have set the stage for this breech of academic integrity and involved more than just MSU:
University researchers will spend the months ahead calculating the economic toll of the BP PLC oil spill on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast communities and the state….In May, Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds called on the four research universities that make up the Mississippi Research Consortium to form a Deepwater Horizon Response Team to coordinate university efforts.
Stephen Simpson is the name. Bailing out wife beaters early is his game. Jerry Mitchell tells the story for the Clarion Ledger: (Hat Tweet Chris Vignes, Hat Tip Matt Eichelberger)
Harrison County’s sheriff released a Gulfport businessman arrested for domestic abuse into the custody of Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson despite a judge’s order to keep the man behind bars for a cooling off period…..
Sheriff Melvin Brisolara responded, “I think this is something political, and I don’t like the smell of it.”