Is October the month indictments finally come down? Will DA Paul Connick, who has known about these allegations at least as long as everyone else, finally emerge from hiding and do his job? Is Jim Letten stonewalling the investigation as some folks allege? Unfortunately today’s Times Picayune Op Ed on the general subject of public payroll fraud in Jefferson Parish Government did not provide the answers to any of these questions but we do appreciate their editorial position and in fact applaud it.
The comments to it convey a good sense of the various cross sections public opinion on this topic. I’m going to focus on the very real frustration with US Attorney Jim Letten which echos some of what I’ve been told by several folks both off blog and on. While not a majority viewpoint IMHO the frustration is real and the allegations troubling. In light of the recent senate proceedings in the impeachment of Judge Tom Porteous the commenter has an appropriate name to boot: Gretna Mentality which is a kissing cousin to our own recent use of term ‘Gretna Style’. Here is the remark:
This is what happens when you allow US Attorneys to be selected by Politicians. When David Vitter holds off the appointment of other federal post because he demands that James Letten be assured a job you have to wonder why a whore is protecting a whore of a US Attorney. Letten is nothing more than another sleazebag corrupt lawyer himself. The record is public, Kurt Engelhardt was David Vitters Campaign manager, and somehow David Vitter managed to pay for whores in New Orleans for years without ever spending his own money. John Breaux got all of his hookers paid for by Lawyers who wanted to be Federal Judges. Letten hides the Canal Street Brothel Book where Breaux, Vitter Proteous, Engelhardt, Landrieu, Nungesser and half the US Attorneys at 500 Camp street spent a lot of free time at the Canal Street whore house. So we have a stack of Federal Judges who got appointed because they paid for whores for the politicians who appointed them or they diverted funds they controlled to pay for the hookers for Vitter, Breaux, Tauzin and others. You have to wonder in a menage a trois with Sarah Vance and Mary Landrieu occurred in to secure some appointments.
Jefferson Parish is nothing more than a second generation whore house extension of New Orleans and the Uptown powerbroker whore-mongers from law-firms like Jones Walker, Phelps Dunbar, Stone Pigman and others. Look at Chafee McCall – Walter Becker and the Public Belt. Becker leaves the US Attorneys office for 500 grand a year working for a Law firm whose Clients continually had their Case dropped by Walter Becker on behalf of the Government.
The look at the New Orleans Police Department – Got to wonder why Mitch Landrieu had to ask Washington DC to come in instead of the Local US Attorneys office, Oh Yeah Letten did nothing on Danzinger for 4 years the Washington Attorneys indicted in under 6 months.
So Face the facts about James Letten and the reason he does not bother to investigate or end corruption – he is one of the biggest whores of the group in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. It will take more intervention from Washington DC to indict the people in Jefferson Parish. Right now half of our Federal Judges and US Attorneys are from Jefferson Parish and their families have already been bought and paid for.
I’ll add Gidget was warned off of speaking with me in person and cancelled a face to face interview. I did have 2 lengthy phone conversations with her though and while she did not name any names she alluded to that which Gretna Mentality wrote in the first paragraph. I quoted the entire remark because it is of the type that typically get yanked from most newspapers.
All that said my own opinion is Jim Letten is being very thorough and with all the business his office has they must be stretched very thin. Their continued pursuit of AROD in light of that fact does not make sense while major white collar criminals roam the street still breathing free but that is a different post.
Finally I continue to hear Mike Ellis’ health is not good.