Old friends, new friends and legal ethics back in the news…..

I have a busy day on tap so I’ll simply direct everyone to the following and hope the lifers will fill in the gaps for everyone on some of the players because the following is too rich!

Slidell man files bar complaints against Tammany sheriff’s lawyer, top deputy ~ Sara Pagones

Having competing newspapers in New Orleans rocks!

Jim Brown: Louisiana – They’re Gonna Wash Us Away!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LOUISIANA — THEY’RE GOIN’ TO WASH US AWAY!

During the last few days of our family vacation, we ended up in Boston. The newspaper headlines were startling. “Boston Could Become the Next Venice,” warned the Boston Globe. “Boston Sinking into The Sea,” blared the New York Times. A newly released report by the Urban Land Institute predicted that “Boston is sinking at a rate of more than a tenth of an inch a year.” The Governor of Massachusetts has set up a statewide strategy commission and earmarked $50 million out find out how to save the city from drowning. There’s panic in Boston.

A tenth of an inch a year? Parts of south Louisiana are sinking at a rate ten times faster. Public officials throughout the Bayou State have known about the continuing and growing losses for decades. There have been numerous studies done, but that’s about it. And as each year passes, the cost to remedy this problem continues to escalate.

Twenty-five years ago, the cost of major damage mitigation was pegged at $14 million. There was the assumption that substantial federal help would be available. After all, the nation has benefited tremendously from the reaping the state’s natural resources — oil and gas, seafood, sulfur, not to mention that Louisiana is the largest chemical producer in the country. And Louisiana’s congressional delegation repeatedly ballyhooed how strong their political sway was in Washington.

But the dollars never materialized. And now the price tag has skyrocketed. State officials currently give out figures as high as $50 billion. But some scientists, a number of whom have been left out of any solution discussions, say this figure is drastically low. A minimum of $100 billion or even higher would be more like it, they say. Continue Reading…….