Question: Does Calhoun read Slabbed?
Answer: What local lawyer doesn’t read Slabbed?
Yesterday afternoon I received a bat signal from a reader that Team Calhoun filed new motions with the 19th JDC regarding the Ethics Administration investigation and, of course, Slabbed’s coverage was attached as an exhibit to one of the court filings. Slabbed lifers know this has happened on several occasions but IMHO the post we did back on the 15th of this month hit the topic like a laser beam in a way not seen on these pages since the Beef Plant prosecution here in Mississippi and my seminal post “Give us this day our daily” beef which was a big hit with the commercial construction communities in both Georgia and north Mississippi.
Now the latest filings from Team Calhoun were supposedly filed under seal but that is a Fayard fantasy as it was they who let the Ethics genie out of the bottle going to the 19th JDC to stop the previously confidential ethics administration investigation into the funding behind daughter Caroline’s failed 2010 Lite Gov campaign. In addition to the motion to stay, Calhoun and company have also filed for appellate writs pulling out all the stops to stop the Ethics Administration from doing their job. With that set up one of Slabbed’s legal observers made the following observations about the latest:
On November 16, 2011, Cynthia Fayard, Galeforce, LLC and Ski Forever, LLC filed several pleadings which, in my opinion, are in response to the court’s November 10 order compelling the Fayard entities to produce documents and records.
This and all similar motions by the Fayard entities have been denied by the court. The Fayard entities have until November 30 to produce the subpoenaed materials.
Gray Sexton and his firm have withdrawn as counsel of record for The Fayard entities. Filing motions to enroll on their behalf are E. Wade Shows of Shows, Cali, Berthelot & Walsh in Baton Rouge; T. Allen Usry of Usry, Weeks and Matthews in New Orleans; and, Kyle Schonekas and Billy Gibbens of Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin in New Orleans.
I don’t know about Schonekas and Gibbens, but Shows and Usry have represented the state of Louisiana through the AG’s office for years. Most notable recent cases are the Chinese Drywall case and the BP spill litigation.
Also enrolling as additional counsel of record for several Fayard entities was Jennifer Thornton and J. Robert LeBlanc of Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford of New Orleans. The former firm of Stanley, Flanagan & Reuter represented Calvin Fayard and other Katrina Litigation counsel against the motion to disqualify them because of their “Foti Contracts” that briefly allowed them to represent the State in any Katrina claims.
I bet there is a heck of a back story behind the Grey Sexton withdrawal folks as his ability to make magic with the Ethics Administration has evidently diminished along with his previously interest conflicted position on the taxpayer teat at the Ethics Administration running enforcement. Kyle Shonekas and Billy Gibbens should be familiar to the Slabbed Nation due to their affiliations with team River Birch. Usry, Weeks and Matthews also represented the Orleans Parish Sheriff back in the day (and possibly to this day). The bottom line is Calvin is seriously lawyering up beyond his previous lawyering up, no doubt in hopes in getting a better result at the appellate court level.
Click the pic to get the pdf of the latest Motion to Stay starring Slabbed and its insightful commenters. ~ sop