"The road not taken"

“Two roads diverged…and…I could not travel both…and be one traveler…long I stood…and…looked down one as far as I could”

When Sop and I reached the fork in the road and one lead to slabbed.org, circumstances required that I follow “the road not taken”. I hope it’s not a one-way street but it will be some time before I know. Please follow Sop to slabbed.org and know that I’m with you in spirit and, in the future, may see you there.

With love to the SLABBED nation, hope for the success of slabbed.org – and unending support for the two women who stood up for those slabbed by Katrina when it counted and made a difference, Cori and Kerri Rigsby


Another Jefferson Parish inside fix: Veolia Transportation’s bus bid was 10% high. Once again the taxpayers get shafted.

‘Gate’s insightful comment today on the Veolia Transportation contract can be found here. Rich Rainey’s story for the Times Picayune on this can be found here. Here is a lengthy excerpt from ‘Gate’s comment on the old Mamoulides post I made sticky today:

JE VU…River Birch…

I had commented earlier on this matter with similar feelings that I have now…I am becoming suspect when I read these quotes from Young: Continue reading “Another Jefferson Parish inside fix: Veolia Transportation’s bus bid was 10% high. Once again the taxpayers get shafted.”

From the you’re never too old to stop thinking with the smaller head files I offer legendary Mardi Gras mogul Blaine Kern for the consideration of the Slabbed Nation.


Times Picayune Archival Photo: Blaine and Holly Kern

Sued by your own son? If this were a movie project I think the working title could be The Witch that Stole Mardi Gras. Only in New Orleans folks LOL.

Artists tend to lead colorful lives.


A Slabbed right of spring: NFIP re-authorization and early Hurricane season predictions.

Folks early indications are with the GOP in charge of the House FEMA’s name will be changed to FEMA, Inc. with the NFIP expected to get a similar name change.

Regarding the proposed actuarially sound rates mentioned in Maria Recio’s article on the topic, I wonder if those rates include the wind damage amounts private insurers dumped on the program after every Hurricane?  I suspect it does.

I think everyone that buys flood insurance should get ready to grab yer ankles because I’m perceiving another taxpayer-funded giveaway to unregulated global insurance companies.

In other news the early Hurricane Season predictions are out (h/t Editilla) and despite the fact they are Continue reading “A Slabbed right of spring: NFIP re-authorization and early Hurricane season predictions.”

Federal Judge L.T. Senter is retiring. Ex Rel Rigsby to be transfered to another judge.

I’ll try to get the story behind the story on Judge Senter’s retirement mid-case in Ex Rel Rigsby but the early speculation centers on his health.  Here on Slabbed, Senter has been both praised and criticised but he is also well-respected.  We’ve been covering judges in this area for over 3 years now and without doubt Judge Senter is one of the best in terms of his understanding and application of the law.  He will be missed.

Anita Lee at the Sun Herald broke this story yesterday afternoon and she promises to have more on Friday.  We look forward to Anita’s reporting.


I had no idea you cared…..

We had lots of pages on the old site devoted to certain civil and criminal cases we’ve followed and/or covered through time.  Evidently the crowded masthead caused some of the Slabbed Nation to miss the two pages that better explain the genesis of this blog in the story of my Katrina experience and a few pictures of the aftermath.  These pages are Slabbed originals from back before there even was a blog and will remain a fixture here while we transition. That said I may bring the legal archives over when a get a spare minute but in a different page structure that does not result in an overly crowded masthead.

I do not write much about myself but for those of you that are curious (and evidently there are several of you folks based on yesterday’s site traffic) I have another post that explains a bit more about my roots here.


Jim Brown: Death Row, New Orleans and the Supreme Court’s Betrayal of Justice

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana


There is an aura of myth that surrounds Lady Justice, who is pictured standing tall with the balanced scales of justice in her hands. She is blindfolded to assure impartiality and fairness. But if she read the decision about the death row inmate from New Orleans that was handled down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, one could only wonder whether she dropped her scales, pulled off her blindfold, and wept.

If there was ever any doubt about the lack of fairness, competence and fundamental decency among the current majority composition of the Supreme Court, such doubt was put to rest by a decision that would make any oppressive and dictatorial government proud. Heavy words, that’s true. But one would have to look long and hard to find a more repugnant decision. Continue reading “Jim Brown: Death Row, New Orleans and the Supreme Court’s Betrayal of Justice”