Indeed it is folks as we start with Times Picayune Editor Gordon Russell:
Got an email from Sal Perricone. He seems a little hacked off with me. Says I’m in league w/ Fred Heebe, among other things.
— Gordon Russell (@GordonRussell1) November 29, 2012
At this point I’d like to say it was not a very bold prediction to say the Fazzio prosecution is very much endangered by the unfolding scandal at the US Attorney’s office as the dominoes continue to fall.
But there is mucho downside risk for Heebe in using the courts as a means to unmask internet commenters via SLAPP suits as there are two issues in play that I can see, though only the one that benefits Fred Heebe has become manifest to this point. I mention this because there is no way in hell his defamation suits against Jan Mann and Sal Perricone are going back to state court and when these suits proceed he best have his lap dog Garland(fill) Robinette ready to ‘splain things. I mention this because:
Finally I’ll add there are two angles here that have popped up a time or two in comments at either NOLA or Slabbed, one involving whistleblower Anne Marie Vandenweghe and another involving Gidget aka the Canal Street Madam aka Jeanette Maier. AMV gets a separate post later but Patricia left a link and comment yesterday those catching up may wish to consider:
In November 2002, government and defense lawyers met in Judge Lemelle’s chambers and squared off over the secret customer list. Defense lawyers, convinced the government was treating their female clients unfairly, threatened to go public with the men’s names. According to one of the lawyers in the judge’s chambers, the one name that kept popping up during the tense meeting was that of the son of the former head of the Louisiana Republican Party.
The pressure in the room was explosive. Suddenly, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gaynell Williams, one of the lead prosecutors, lurched to her feet. “I don’t feel very good,” she said. “I think I need some air.” She staggered toward the door and just barely made it into the hallway when she toppled over. As she fell, her face hit the wall. Her eyebrow spilt open and blood poured down her cheek. Lawyers rushed to her side. Someone fanned her. Someone else tried to stop the bleeding. Moments later, an ambulance arrived and medics carted off the government attorney.
And ‘Gate disclosed some information I recently learned:
Let’s set the record straight:
1) There are any number of people who have a “copy” of both the book (names and phone numbers of clients) and the tapes (of clients who would order in advance for their preferences)
We now know Senator David “Diaper Dave” Vitter was ensnared along with Billy Nungesser and that both guys like their sex kinky. Vitter of course was the guy who got Judge Kurt Engelhardt on the bench. Engelhardt in a prior life was Vitter’s campaign manager and somewhere along the line it came out the Sinator used his campaign money to indulge his sexual proclivities and that it was Engelhardt that likely wrote the checks.
It is those loose copies of Maier’s black book that has people theorizing the events in Judge Engelhardt’s courtroom are as much about damage control and containment than anything else, fueled by the close circle of sociopolitical relationships people are observing.
Should Slabbed happen to come by one of these stray copies of Maier’s black book, since we are the transparency blog, I’d publish it ASAP. Stay tuned.