As for AB’s new lawyer Robert Jenkins, he was described this way by a member of the Slabbed legal team:
somewhat inarticulate lawyer who does most of his work in Orleans Criminal District Court. Not a white collar defense guy and not one of the guys who comes to mind for a defense in Fed. Ct. This is a stunning turn of events.
Additionally, from approximately 2004 through 2010, Broussard received monies, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, that were characterized as, among other things, “retainers,” “consulting fees” or “finder’s fees” with various contractors and vendors, all of whom were doing business with Jefferson Parish during the period of time Broussard was the President of Jefferson Parish. Moreover, Broussard was a majority owner in a holding company which owned an investment property in Canada. Broussard received income from this Canadian property. This property was partially funded by individuals and/or entities who were contractors and/or vendors doing business with Jefferson Parish during the period of time Broussard was the Jefferson Parish President.
I mention this because an Oxpatch based reader emailed me to make sure I had seen Bellesouth’s continuing coverage of same plus the case involving Dr Cassandra Faye Thomas, who claims the defense in her criminal case was compromised due to Freeland being distracted during her trial by the above mentioned attempted flyby, which all happened right around the same time.
To the extent I’ve been missing occasional Slabbed commeneter Hendry Jones, who I consider to be the most accomplished basher in the south, and I am still interested in the doings in Oxpatch this topic needed to come back up here on Slabbed. That said I thought the following posts over at Bellesouth’s place are worth reading:
On Monday morning, September 19, 2005, O’Dwyer drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and filed the very first federal class action lawsuit on behalf of victims of Katrina in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Civil Action No. 05-4181 [PDF]. That evening, he entertained two house guests, one of whom would retire for the night in a hammock on his patio because the lack of air conditioning left the house too hot for comfortable sleep. Using a generator to power a refrigerator and small television set, O’Dwyer rounded out the day by watching television on his patio with a glass of wine.
What happened shortly after midnight is best described by O’Dwyer in his own words, below, as adapted from Civil Action No. 06-7280 [PDF].
The program is financed by FEMA as a part of its Hurricane Katrina recovery aid, and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office noted that the profit margins built into the state grants of up to $100,000 were so high that elevation contractors were willing to pay Davis $10,000 a pop for a signed contract.
Does everyone remember in the early days after Hurricane Katrina when FEMA was paying for hotel rooms for the displaced? Remember how artificially high the room rates were, pushed up by the rate FEMA was paying? The same concept is at play here as FEMA capped the number of houses to be raised for the money that was allotted thus effectively and drastically raising the market price to elevate a house. The increase in pricing, based upon the calculations of bureaucrats that evidently have no clue how much it costs to raise a house, greatly increased margins which in turn attracted the dregs of the business world to the program turning it into a cesspool of waste and corruption.
Now speaking of dregs, cesspools and corruption it is only fair Slabbed advances the discussion as I was leaked a few docs that illustrate the point. One of the things certain unscrupulous contractors were doing was forgiving initial “promissory notes” that were executed in advance of the funds flowing to a particular project essentially rebating up to $30,000 of FEMA funding to homeowners in the program as a sweetener to sign up with a particular contractor. I have two examples of this the first being from Goatherder elevation company Coastal Shoring (click the pic to get the 2 page pdf): Continue reading Rickey Davis cops a plea: A Louisiana Home Elevation boondoggle update.