It was with disbelief that I read the details of my Settlement splashed across the page of the local paper ( online and hard copy). I was doubly shocked to discover that the Parish Attorney, Ms. Foshee, was quoted in the article and had allegedly emailed information to the reporter.
It was in fact Foshee and her outside counsel at Phelps Dunbar who insisted on a Confidentialty Clause so her releasing any information is interesting at the least.
Whatever ulterior motives the Parish of Jefferson and/or their representatives harbor, such unprofessional behavior is indicative of what is still very wrong in Parish government.
Whether it violates conditions of the Settlement thus warranting sanctions I leave to my attorney Bobby Truitt to determine.
Update: Parish Attorney Deb Foshee has issued the following response.
All parties to the settlement are obligated to maintain confidentiality to the extent allowed by law. The Parish as a public entity may not withhold this information if it is requested. The settlement is a public record involving expenditure of public funds. The Parish will not unilaterally disseminate this information in light of the settlement agreement. The Parish Attorney’s Office takes the public records obligation seriously and we do our best to follow the public records laws. I certainly regret any concern this had caused Ms. Vandenweghe and would appreciate the opportunity to apologize to her personally if allowed by her attorney.