Remembering that I am not a legal expert these motions struck me as a somewhat routine pretrial procedural attack on the Government case but there was something that stuck out to me, actually more what was not said in fact and for this I’m going to quote a small part of the pleading:
First, the indictment alleges that Mr. Broussard, Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Whitmer, the alleged conspirators, hired Karen Parker for the position of Paralegal Supervisor despite her lack of qualifications for the job. It further alleges that the conspirators arranged to transfer Ms. Parker from the Parish Attorney’s Office to ID Management, but allowed her to retain the same position and salary even though she did not perform the essential functions of that position.
I want to make clear it is not the defense lawyers job to make the government case but the argument that is being made in the filings is a tad disingenuous. That said you find names like Broussard, Parker, Whitmer and Wilkinson scattered throughout the 23 page filing. But there is one name that is central to this story that simply does not appear: former Parish Prez Tim Coulon.
It was Coulon that inflicted Whitmer and Wilkinson on the Yenni Building as a plague upon the professional bureaucracy. It was Tim Coulon that hired Parker before Broussard took office as Parish Prez because everyone knew it could not happen after Broussard took office. I knoweth not what kind of shit house deal Broussard cut with Coulon, Whitmer and Wilkinson to hire Parker but a deal was made.
Clancy DuBos revealed Coulon was cooperating some time ago which is why I use the term government informant to describe him in the narrative because he sure has heck hasn’t been indicted, at least the unsealed variety.
At the end of the day the perpetrators that are the most despicable players in the saga end up with the best deals. In my mind only one thing can explain Coulon’s absence and that would be the big enchilada itself.