Today's rapid fire segment is sponsored by Bellesouth and Blue Moon….

A couple of days ago we welcomed a new commenter on an older post that brought word of a Jimmy Gates story in the Jackson Clarion Ledger that is related to our and Bellesouth’s  coverage of the arrest of Oxford lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland. Hatfield later was kind enough to share the hyperlink to Jimmy’s story. The short version is Team Freeland has done some medicare/medicare fraud criminal defense work winning a notable trial last year in Hattiesburg.  A short while ago they lost a similar case in Jackson and the Doc in question in that case, Cassandra Faye Thomas is staring at a very long stretch of time in the pokey now convicted for fleecing Medicaid/Medicare to the tune of $6.9MM.

A top shelf criminal defense in complex white-collar litigation does not come cheap folks and bet Doc Cassandra had to dig very deep to hire Team Freeland.  I’ll be honest and say my initial reaction was to chalk this one up to a desperate person doing anything and everything they could to avoid the pen but then I checked in with Bellesouth and my reaction to her post was HOLY CRAP! There may be a sliver of hope for Doc after all.

Next up is Hizzhonner Half Moon after I received an email and one comment on the veracity of Supasleth’s bombshell comment yesterday evening regarding Henry Mouton’s cooperation with Team Letten that included serving up Ann Duplesiss and Rene Gill Pratt. Duplesiss is a key member of Team Half-Moon and Gill Pratt is facing retrial on Dollar Bill Jefferson related corruption charges as I write this.  Jason was kind enough to stop by and help us close the circle on Duplesiss.  So the question is whether the assertion true or not.  We have no way of knowing for sure but our search for the truth has us on a path leading us back to the tip.  For our newer readers I’ll add the Sleuth has been a fairly reliable commenter here over time and Jason is certainly no slouch in that department either. Continue reading “Today's rapid fire segment is sponsored by Bellesouth and Blue Moon….”

Jim Brown

Wednesday, June 2nd 2011
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

CONGRESS BETRAYS BASIC AMERICAN FREEDOMS!

Since the founding of our country more than 200 hundred years ago, Americans have enjoyed core rights and liberties that made our country not just unique, but exceptional in protecting our basic freedoms. But no more. Just last week, The Congress of the United States sent a strong message to the American people that infringement on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution itself is just all part of the price we pay for “Big Government” to protect us. Thomas Paine warned us at the birth of our nation that “it is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” He would be stunned today to watch our Congress march in lock step with the President in renewing the so called Patriot Act.

Simply put, the Patriot Act is one of the most egregious acts against basic rights and liberties that we have witnessed in our lifetimes. The President and many members of Congress will argue that they have a job to keep American safe. But that’s not the starting point. Their job is to see that the Constitution is enforced, and that means keeping us free. As Judge Andrew Napolitano said on his Fox News program this week, the job of these federal officials is to keep us “Free from tyrants who sought and claimed power from thin air; free from prince-like federal agents who could behave without constitutional or legal restraint; free to live with a government that obeys its own laws. Any president who keeps us safe but unfree is ignoring his oath to the American people.” And doesn’t keeping us safe include keeping us safe from the tyranny of our own government as well? Continue reading “Jim Brown”