With Louisiana way’ on full display at Judge Thomas Porteous’ trial and the news that the Initial federal court hearing in BP oil spill is this afternoon, I’ve given some thought to what Judge Barbier can do to make the “right way” the new “Louisiana way”:
1. Brown bag lunch versus “the Louisiana way”:
“Marcotte, his sister and associate Lori, and several former employees of Bail Bonds Unlimited testified that they treated Porteous to many meals…”
2. Carpool with other judges or take a taxi versus “the Louisiana way”:
“BBU employees would pick up his car from the courthouse, have it detailed or have the oil changed for free, then drop it off…”
3. Install brick or metal fencing versus “the Louisiana way”:
“Two [BBU] employees spent several days rebuilding a damaged wooden fence…”
4. Eat more beef versus “the Louisiana way”:
“Holiday turkeys counted as currency in this universe…”
5. BYOC as in “Bake your own cakes and cookies” versus “the Louisiana way”:
“but more commonly…[the currency]…was dessert, specifically doberge cakes…”
Barbier was likely too busy for even a brown-bag lunch today:
Today’s 2:30 p.m. hearing will focus on how to manage the case, but the proceedings are expected to be jammed. To make room for the hundreds of attorneys and any members of the public who want to attend, the hearing has been moved from Barbier’s regular courtroom to room C501, which is larger.
Plaintiff attorneys, led by Stephen Herman and James Parkerson Roy, would like documents, reports, analyses, leases, contracts, protocols, organizational charts, environmental samples, and all agreements and communications between BP and Feinberg Rozen, the law firm of Gulf Coast Claims Facility coordinator Kenneth Feinberg…(links to background on Herman and Roy added)
A word to anyone thinking Judge Barbier won’t notice if …(whatever) – Don’t try!