Jason Berry aka Dambala at American Zombie has outdone himself with his account of Greg Meffert’s testimony in the trial of Mark St Pierre. For our upstate Mississippi readers Greg Meffert ran technology in NOLA for former Mayor Ray Nagin and the graft to which Meffert has now admitted is simply staggering. This trial appears to be a prelude to the prosecution of Ray Ray himself as the revelations about St Pierre’s sex party boat pass into the realm of legend. I say all this because Jason’s post linked above is a must read for the entire Slabbed Nation as this snippet illustrates the stench with the Louisiana crime camera scandal extends to the Jackson Mississippi lobbying community:
The stripper sex on the boat act was hard to follow…unless Meff claimed he was fucking a mermaid or something.
Indeed the line of questioning then shifted to more mundane subjects like Lafayette CIO, Keith Thibadoux, and his wife. Meff set Thibadoux’s friends up with bullshit jobs in exchange for Netmethods’ contracts with the City of Lafayette. Some interesting facts were thrown out, including a name I didn’t quite catch that the prosecution referred to as a Mississippi lobbyist. That reference brought an immediate objection from the defense for leading the witness, the objection was sustained. I couldn’t tell if they were concerned about revealing the guy’s profession or if they were just trying to keep the prosecution in line.
I read Jason’s post this morning and after reading that I immediately called him. He later found out the name of the lobbyist and shared it with me. The lobbyist is not a guy though. It is an organization, one which I have heard quite a lot about of late in fact: The Talon Group.
Talon is quite interesting because if you want to see their main web page you get redirected to the website of the Brunini law firm. Brunini occupies a special place in the Mississippi political landscape. In fact Ed Brunini is a very close confidant to Boss Hogg and I mean close. Based on the name dropping by the prosecution I am not sure what to make of Talon’s role in crime camera scandal but I’m equally sure there is lots of mookie stinks to go around here.
This subject bears digging into IMHO.
Those interested in the latest in the ongoing St. Pierre trial should check out David Hammer’s story for the Times Picayune here.