Folks I’ve been dutifully collecting links and today I’ll solve the small mystery of why I tagged Gambit man Clancy Dubos with my Sunday music dedication and hopefully provide additional fodder for the grist mill. Let’s start with this story from Paul Rioux from last Friday where Chris Roberts, likely shaken from his second appearance before the federal grand jury that is exploring the corruption scandal which erupted under his watch on the parish Council proclaims the River Birch contract will finally be cancelled. From the sound of the comments to the story, the public isn’t buying Robert’s bullshit or his sudden deathbed conversion to a twisted sort of good government activist, not after he spent the last 2 years trying his best to line Fred Heebe’s pockets with taxpayer loot.
Next up is Rich Rainey, who let us know Sunday what we mostly already knew that the federal investigation is casting a very wide net into the multiple scams run by Jefferson Parish politicos and certain parish venders. Rich was kind enough to acknowledge the rampant rumor mill though not specifically my bad prediction of indictments by last Friday, which we all know did not happen.
I’ll add indictment rumors are notoriously unreliable though Vinny Mosca posited his estimate of the accuracy rate of the rumor mill at around 50%. The biggest piece of news that was missed by everyone in Rich’s article is that Broussard has a new lawyer, Robert Jenkins, who evidently has replaced the ailing Mike Ellis. Have the folks at Chehardy Sherman abandoned AB? There is a back story on this developement that is worth knowing.
As for AB’s new lawyer Robert Jenkins, he was described this way by a member of the Slabbed legal team:
somewhat inarticulate lawyer who does most of his work in Orleans Criminal District Court. Not a white collar defense guy and not one of the guys who comes to mind for a defense in Fed. Ct. This is a stunning turn of events.
We also have this recent you tube embed from the normally Jefferson Parish newsless WDSU channel 6 that shows Mr Jenkins in action.
Next up is a breaking story by Paul Rioux on the settlement talks between Waste Management and the Parish, which is getting its ass kicked in court trying to cancel the contract between the Parish and Waste Management in litigation Chris Roberts originally voted to sanction. This piece has several very newsworthy elements including this gem:
Meanwhile, River Birch is fighting a Waste Management subpoena demanding the landfill turn over documents related to its own study, which concluded the River Birch contract would save the parish at least $42 million over 25 years.
Waste Management said it is entitled to the documents because the question of whether the River Birch contract would yield “substantial savings” is a key issue in the parish’s attempt to terminate Waste Management’s dump-management contract.
But River Birch contends Waste Management is going on a fishing expedition for documents to support a potential defamation suit against the landfill over a series of full-page ads River Birch ran in The Times-Picayune.
The ads, which appeared in January and February, tout the landfill’s contract by citing the savings projected in River Birch’s study.
In a “cease and desist” letter to River Birch dated Feb. 15, Waste Management said the ads “contain false and defamatory statements which are clearly intended to harm the reputation of Waste Management.” The letter said Waste Management was prepared to take legal action to block the ads and recover damages.
The next day, Waste Management issued a subpoena demanding that River Birch turn over its study and all supporting documents. River Birch responded that Waste Management “should conduct its own analysis at its own expense.”
And this brings us to Channel 4 editorialists and Gambit man Clancy Dubos, who I think has revealed himself as a Fred Heebe waterboy when he checked in with this missive on how River Birch has a new PR firm that is somehow kicking ass. (I swear you can’t make this stuff up). The truth here is that River Birch has pretty much gotten its ass kicked in the PR arena despite throwing big money out on full page ads, hired gun economists and the like. After reading Clancy’s story I was left with the impression Loren Scott was a PR shill instead of an economist but we already figured that out for ourselves. I can’t wait until Scott’s work product is produced by River Birch as I suspect we’ll have a copy for everyone to examine here on Slabbed once it becomes part of the court record. A deposition of Loren Scott is likely also in order and maybe we’ll all find out how much money Scott’s wife at Blue Cross made underwriting insurance for Tim Whitmer to sell River Birch.
Finally, I also now wonder who else Team River Birch was paying as consultants, especially other members of the local media whose land dealings with Team Heebe have been the subject of federal subpoena.
All I know is with all the events that are unfolding……
There’s no controlling the unrolling of your fate, my friend,
Who knows what’s written in the magic book.