Folks do you get the feeling the Aaron Broussard cronies at Coastal Shoring are feeling a bit paranoid these days? Before we get to the latest jackassery from Danny Abel let’s review:
- Metairie man is killed when house collapses on him ~ Coastal Shoring loses one.
- Shrewsbury firm removes crime camera after mistaking it for competitor spy cam ~ Or was Coastal Shoring scared it was the FBI?
- The Kershenstines say they are “under attack.” ~ From the paranoid files
- OSHA issues ‘serious violation’ against Coastal Shoring for worker’s death in April ~ From the reality files
Did I say there was a warrant issued for Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest? Actually I did and it is true as it is alleged Kershenstine’s company, Coastal Shoring, helped itself to money that it was not entitled from a grant recipient. Now we’ve covered Coastal Shoring some here on Slabbed and it was in fact this post which contained a good bit on Coastal Shoring that finally pushed the Goatherders to SLAPP sue me in Nova Scotia. And that doesn’t count Lockem’s guest post on the topic.
As the above links indicate, Coastal Shoring has a few management problems to go along with the psychological ones and those would certainly appear to extend to the “legal department” housed at the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway. (Or are they claiming Carl Finleys/Scott McQuaig’s office these days). Long story short is with Broussard out of commission these days, his shadow law partner Danny Abel had to take up Broussard’s slack including at Coastal Shoring, where Kershenstine took a $30,000 HGMP down payment and did not follow it up with requested paperwork. The homeowner was kicked from her position in the program and put at the end of the funding list which in turn caused her to ask for her money back. Kershenstine refused.
Normally the Goatherders like to go on the attack even if it is ill-advised but in this case the homeowner beat them to the punch pressing criminal charges against Kershenstine for fraud. As is his wont Abel attacked the victim by issuing a subpoena to her despite the prohibition against pre trial subpoenas of crime victims, employing a legal strategy that is most charitably described as unconventional but most lawyers recognize as shithouse lawyering. This while Abel was unsuccessfully trying to quash a State subpoena on Coastal’s bank accounts where the victim’s HMGP money allegedly resides these days. Something tells me Kershenstine is in big trouble these days…..but he is not the only one.
Not long before I did this post Abel fired back up a federal suit related to Shane Gate’s last run in with the law in Slidell via the case Gates v Strain. I mention this case because Abel practiced a bit of shithouse law again. I’ll let Judge Duval explain:
Plaintiff Shane M. Gates filed a Motion to Re-Open 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Action on March 13, 2011. This case has been stayed since April of 2008 pending the outcome of a criminal matter in which Mr. Gates is the defendant in the 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany. (Doc. 81). Without having obtained leave of court or an order lifting the stay, plaintiff issued certain subpoenas to the these non-parties in anticipation of the hearing on the motion to lift stay. As such, the Attorney General moved to Quash the Subpoenas. This Court denied the Motion to Lift Stay. (Doc. 121). And the Motion to Quash was subsequently denied (Doc. 122).
On July 20, 2011, a Motion for Award of Attorney Fees was filed under Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(c)(1) which provides for the award of attorneys’ fees when the party or attorney responsible for issuing and serving a subpoena fails to take reasonable steps to avoid imposing undue burden or expense on the person subject to the subpoena. Based on the facts outlined above, the award is well based and must be sustained. In other words, this non-dispositive decision is not clearly erroneous or contrary to law and thus is not subject to reversal. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a). The arguments raised by plaintiff in the appeal are in no way connected to the issues relevant to this appeal and are without any merit.
At this point I’ll ask if anyone else remembers the first thing Aaron Broussard tried to do when his indictment was unsealed? Like I said, Jerl Kershenstine is in big trouble folks, then again so is Head Goatherder in Charge Aaron Broussard. File this one under things are unraveling quickly.