Jefferson Parish Corruption Omnibus: Today Aaron Broussard put his hand on a bible and admitted he is a filthy sack of crap

Aaron Broussard’s property managers Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary of Trout Point Lodge

For true folks he did as Drew Broach reports for NOLA media group on the former Goatherder in chief’s appearance today before Judge Head. We await the factual basis.

Worth noting in Broach’s report is this tidbit that is well worth repeating now:

Besides Broussard and his attorney, Robert Jenkins, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche were also in the courtroom. Letten has credited commission with helping the investigation.

This is today. But what were the Goatherders telling a gullible Canadian public days after their SLAPP suit against me was made official by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Hood on the Trout Point Lodge Blog (now deleted)? It is an interesting compare and contrast:

On January 6, 2010, in what appears to be a classic example of gotcha journalism, an investigative reporter for New Orleans Fox 8 TV News named Val Bracy arranged to interview Broussard on camera related to the investigations. What she did not tell Broussard was that the President of the Metropolitan Crime Commission–a state-funded Crime Stopper Organization–provided Bracy with access to a complaint letter against Broussard that the Commission was sending that day to the Louisiana State Ethics Administration, which oversees the conduct of public officials.

The complaint letter raised, among other things, an allegation from anonymous, confidential sources that Broussard owned a “lodge” in Nova Scotia that he had rented to government contractors. The complaint never mentioned Trout Point Lodge. The implication was that he had committed ethical and/or criminal violations by using his Nova Scotia property in behind-the-scenes money transactions with government contractors, ie, kick-back or “pay to play” schemes. For the news media, this was sensational.

Never informing Broussard about the existence of the complaint, Bracy started to interview him about the complaint’s contents, including his Nova Scotia properties, and if any government contractors had ever rented them or been there. Broussard made clear in the interview that he did not own or manage Trout Point.

Unfortunately for the Lodge and its proprietors, during its January 6, 2010, 9 pm news broadcast, Fox 8 broke the ethics complaint story, and decided to illustrate Broussard’s Nova Scotia properties video of the Trout Point Lodge web site, including showing images of the lodge, the name “Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia,” and a slideshow of images of the hotel. Fox 8 continued to use images of the Lodge for the next 4 days on every news broadcast about the ethics complaint, federal investigation, and Broussard’s January 8, 2010 resignation from office, not only in its TV emissions but also on its web site.

Those broadcasts and Internet publications are now the subject of a defamation law suit in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Fox 8 claims that its publications did not refer to Trout Point Lodge, but only to Aaron Broussard. Trout Point Lodge says it was defamed. Fox 8 has refused to retract.

An important aside is that the Metropolitan Crime Commission–funded by monies from the Louisiana criminal justice system–was actually committing a crime by making public an ethics board complaint.

Louisiana Revised Statute Title 42, Chapter 15 e reads: (12)(a) It shall be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, for any member of the board, its executive secretary, other employee, or any other person, to make public the testimony taken at a private investigation or private hearing of the board or to make any public statement or give out any information concerning a private investigation or private hearing of the board without the written request of the public servant or other person investigated. http://www.ethics.state.la.us/Pub/Laws/Title42Ch15.pdf

So Charles Leary, Vaughn Perret and Danny Abel certainly have a much dimmer opinion of the MCC than US Attorney Letten as Letten credited them with helping to unwind large parts of this scandal. But it is the inconsistency folks that is most glaring as the Goatherders correctly point out it being against the law for anyone at the Ethics commission to discuss a case absent certain conditions. So let’s consider the implications of this sworn affidavit, specifically paragraph 42 that was submitted by Jones Walker Attorney Henry Laird on behalf of Team Goatherder in their SLAPP suit against Slabbed New Media in July:

In April, 2011, I spoke with an attomey for the Louisiana Ethics Board named Alesia Ardoin. She confirmed that the Ethics Board had never pursued allegations that Aaron Broussard rented his Nova Scotia properties to govenunent contractors and that the one year statute of limitations for bringing any such charges had expired. I then consulted the publicly-available Ethics Board charges against Aaron Broussard and they contained nothing pertaining to Nova Scotia or Canada. I presented a copy ofthe Ethics Board charges in court on January 30, 2012 and compared them with Mr. Handshoe’s recent published assertions that there was a current Ethics Board investigation into a pay to play scheme involving the development at Trout Point.

This factoid is certainly worth pursuing because only Aaron Broussard could have given such permission and according to Leary in January, 2010, he was just some guy down the road. Of course that all sounded good in a Canadian courtroom in an uncontested defamation case before the US Attorney filed that 404b motion regarding the Resort at Trout Point being used as a conduit for bribery.  I’m currently peeling this onion as I write this and rest assured Slabbed will get to the bottom of the implications of Leary’s sworn affidavit.

But alas Slabbed New Media has remained on this case in dogged pursuit of these corrupt cockroaches but today it appears another media outlet that was SLAPPed and terrorized by the Goatherders in Nova Scotia is now demanding the US Attorney’s office continue their investigation into the bribery aspect of this case so let’s visit with the Times Picayune Editorial Board and today’s editorial on the Aaron Broussard guilty plea:

His plea agreement also shouldn’t necessarily mean the end of the investigation into his administration’s actions. In building a case against Mr. Broussard, prosecutors in January alleged that he had used his public post to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” and “finder’s fees” from parish contractors. They also alleged that he was the majority owner of a holding company for a Canadian property that was partially funded by parish contractors.

So far, however, Kenner businessman Bill Mack is the only parish contractor charged in that angle of the probe. Mr. Mack last month pleaded guilty to paying $66,000 in kickbacks to Mr. Broussard. Now that Mr. Broussard is expected to cooperate with prosecutors, they should continue exploring whether other contractors also bribed him and pursue anyone else who may have broken the law.

Slabbed New Media joins the Times Picayune in demanding that all participants to the various Broussardian bribery schemes be brought to justice and this especially includes Broussard’s business agents in Nova Scotia that were clearly acting on his behalf attempting to silence public discourse on this topic using foreign courts with defamation laws that are subject to abuse to SLAPP sue all who spoke out.

Next up is the big fish, Team River Birch Landfill and today Rich Rainey began rolling out a 6 part series on the Landfill and how it fits with the sprawling corruption investigation. You’ve seen most of Rich’s story since 2010 on Slabbed but it has some quotes from the Big Dawg himself, John Alario, the dean of corrupt west bank politicians.  It is well worth the read.

Finally the Muses hand delivered the following dispatch from Aaron Broussard to me, which I now share with the Slabbed Nation:

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar’s chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

10 thoughts on “Jefferson Parish Corruption Omnibus: Today Aaron Broussard put his hand on a bible and admitted he is a filthy sack of crap”

  1. He shoots, he scores! I hate when pesky facts get in the way and show up misstatements, untruths and lies for what they are. Great post, Doug.

  2. A Nor’easter is brewing !

    Fill the lake with wild-fowl;
    Fill the marsh with snipe;
    While on dreary moorlands
    Lonely curlew pipe.
    Through the black fir-forest
    Hear the lovers sigh
    Tired of all the gaudy glare,
    There shame for all on high

    1. The lyrics are from the Nine Inch Nail version though I liked the Johnny Cash verison better. Cash substituted “Thorns” for “Shit” in his version.

  3. “In April, 2011, I spoke with an attomey for the Louisiana Ethics Board named Alesia Ardoin. She confirmed that the Ethics Board had never pursued allegations that Aaron Broussard rented his Nova Scotia properties to govenunent contractors and that the one year statute of limitations for bringing any such charges had expired.”

    Where’s that written request from Broussard to the Ethics Board to make the above information public?

    Go, Doug. Go!

    1. Alesia Ardoin declined my invitation to comment. She went through the revolving door to work for the Grey Sexton. That’s OK though because I have a way of making people talk and despite the sleazy associations her employer keeps Ms Ardoin will be no different in that regard.

  4. Why does Louisiana have an Ethics Board?

    That’s easy, to give the illusion that Louisiana is tough on political crime.

    Let’s see how long it takes the Louisiana Disciplinary Board to strip the legal licenses of Wilkinson and Broussard who just plead to felonies.

    With Ashton O’Dwyer, who was never convicted of a felony, they did it instantaneously with no adversary hearing.

    1. The Times Pick Your Nose reported that Broussard voluntarily surrendered his law license. However, I heard he applied for a job at Adams & Reese alongside Tim Coloun as a “lobbyist/consultant.” Really, the Bar Association should prohibit that kind of shit.

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