Like I said a few weeks back:
You sniffed the reeking buns of Angel (The story of a demented bread-boffer) and acted like it was cocaine ~ Frank Zappa
Irked Tammany judge recuses self from DWI trial ~ Faimon Roberts III
Brown attended Monday’s hearing, and afterward she celebrated outside with Abel.
Where Robert’s story gets weak in the knees IMHO involves his description of Abel as some sort of defense lawyer for his adopted son Shane Gates, aka Shane D’Antoni, who has also previously sued the NOPD for police brutality back in the day. What is clear is that Robert’s reporting on this is so compartmentalized and narrow as to be misleading in my opinion.
What is true from a big picture standpoint is what was a DWI arrest involving some low level violence has now morphed into 2 federal lawsuits, the latest filed by Abel on behalf of his “son” whereby Abel also claims to be a witness, an impossible legal scenario under which Abel could provide such representation. How Abel can show up representing Gates in the criminal matter at the heart of the the civil suits where Abel is a witness is anyone’s guess but maybe that is why Judge Swartz mentioned sanctions.
Even worse, the citizens group Louisiana United International exhibits an ends justifying the means mindset celebrating the abuse of the legal system by Abel, who filed this latest lawsuit mainly conflict Judge Swartz out of Gate’s criminal matter. Breaking that news last week in a development the Advocate and Faimon Roberts ignored was the reason I did not bother to attend yesterday’s proceedings because Judge Swartz only had one choice in the matter and that was recusal. Bottom line is that Belinda Parker Brown, the president of the group Louisiana United International is no better than the politicians she decries celebrating tactics designed to derail the legal system.
What I really wondered, given that John George’s Advocate is cuddled up with WWL TeeVee is why the heck Faimon didn’t snag some expert analysis from legal ethicist Dane Ciolino, a fixture on the station from way far back. Maybe he had no comment for fear of being SLAPP sued by Abel and the boys but I thought his omission from this article was glaring myself, especially in light of WWL TeeVee’s previous promotions of Abel’s wacky lawsuits.
In any event that is my two cents worth. As only someone that is currently litigating, pro se, a total of 4 lawsuits in 2 states and one foreign country against this bunch can attest, Judge Swartz I know how you feel buddy. Abel will sue your lawyer before this is done too to conflict them out. That said making lemonade can be fun, especially during the hot summer days for which Soggy Bottom is famous.
If you’re a Judge, the message Abel is sending is clear and such is a dagger directed at the heart of the justice system. And lawyers run amuck like him serve as proof positive the legal system is wholly unable to self regulate.