I hope everyone noticed the Scott Walker/Michael Janus indictment was captioned First Superseding Indictment, which means Walker and Janus have known for some time they were charged with federal crimes. I am told plea talks broke down thus yesterday’s torrent of federal and state charges including the first revision to the alleged crimes involving the City of D’Iberville perpetrated by Walker and Janus. I thought the Mississippi Press using Scott Walker’s Ocean Springs DUI booking photo for their story on the federal indictments of he and his daddy Bill Walker was precious.
Who likes a good perp walk? Luckily for everyone the Sun Herald put a video up on YouTube of yesterday’s parade of former DMR employees facing state charges:
Meantime Justin Mitchell checks in this morning with an update from downtown Gulfport for the Sun Herald:
This may mean another nice video is on the way. Back to those charged with state crimes because Auditor Pickering has been pouring over DMR’s books and records for a year now including collaborating with the Federal Prosecutors to defy a state court order depriving the Sun Herald access to certain public records early this week. And despite his office’s press release touting the million dollar civil demand made of 9 people yesterday by the Office of the State Auditor, a year long investigation complete with late theatrics involving the Gulf Publishing Public Records lawsuit netted criminal activity totaling $4,389.77. Here is a nice graphic which breaks things down:
Excuse me if I am underwhelmed because I am. What pumps the numbers up is Pickering stuck the million dollar cost of his year long investigation into the petty thievery on those 5 employees that were charged plus a few others including Joe Ziegler and Bill Walker. To those so charged it must be galling to know they are getting stuck with tab for the Team Pickering to hang out at Krispy Kreme cussing and discussing 5 employees that pumped up their travel by a few thousand dollars. Worst part is this is not a slam dunk prosecution so the cost of prosecution is still running.
I have many more thoughts on the Federal Indictments and will present them later.