Folks a long time ago I worked a small part of a major criminal prosecution for the defense. I’m not able to go into any detail about the case but suffice it to say it ended badly for several of the accused and to add insult to injury a joint/several 7 figure forfeiture order was entered. An obvious next step for those charged with collecting the ca$h is to gather financial information in the form of a personal financial statement and that is where I entered into the picture.
A meeting was scheduled with DoJ and we prepped for it. When the question came up in discussions with legal about how forthcoming we should be I gave my standard answer which entails 100% transparency. I ended up getting credit for that advise later on when DoJ cut my client some slack in the aftermath. The problem was they could only do so much after they gained the conviction.
I mention all this because sources familiar with the ongoing investigation have indicated to Slabbed there are several bit players to the saga we know on Slabbed as the Jefferson Parish Political Corruption Scandal that may well get Jim Brown’d via 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for fibbing to Federal Agents. This would be a damn shame IMHO because it is always the small potatoes that end up burnt the worst when the carnage is finally tallied thus the homespun wisdom we see in the local rumor mill of people like Fred Heebe skating, while others that did his bidding get hit with sentences that run into the decades (see Mark St Pierre covering for Ray Ray the Chocolate Guy).
True, if one has certain exposures it is a good thing to have a lawyer involved and that line of reasoning certainly will get no argument from me. There are lawyers like Pat Fanning that know how to get their clients a good deal and there are others like Steven London that fight until the bitter end or disqualification whichever comes first. The second type of strategy is high stakes, boom or bust and in fact fuels what academicians term prisoner’s dilemma.
During my time doing Slabbed I’ve gotten to know several quality people and been blessed that universe includes a few folks with connections to the people in the middle of this mess. Frankly I think it’d be a crying shame for a bit player to the corruption to take the fall for a few people who have the proverbial noose already around their necks. I’m not going to name names because frankly it would not be fair to the potential defendant(s), previously highlighted on this blog. All I know if you were my client asking for advise, the answer would be 100% transparency, especially since the FBI isn’t going anywhere.
How do you folks see it? Does everyone involved need to burn or should coming clean be rewarded?