My brother Darryl and my brother Darryl and the Spillionaires are all in this together.

I’ve come to the conclusion that when news of the Macondo well blowout reached BP corporate early on, decisions were made to approach the local power structure just like BP would in a corrupt third world county like Libya and others where corruption is both rife and the order of the day.

Serendipity is a wonderful thing and I had no idea the post I did which highlighted how local governments spent BP spill money in purely self-serving ways would be followed just a couple of days later by an exhaustive analysis of some of these same issues by ProPublica, in their story ‘Spillionaires’: Profiteering and Mismanagement in the Wake of the BP Oil Spill which mainly focused on the intersection of the spill and political cronyism in Louisiana. It is fascinating reading.

The problem is the writer, Kim Barker, stopped short at the state line failing to cross into Hancock County and the very same issues, where a trial lawyer/State Senator overnight became cost plus cleanup contractor and one where one local politico, Continue reading “My brother Darryl and my brother Darryl and the Spillionaires are all in this together.”

Jim Brown

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Port Hudson Battlefield, Louisiana


One Hundred and Fifty years ago this week, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. During the next four years, carnage, mayhem and death were the order of day after day. By the time the dust settled and the South had surrendered, some 620,000 soldiers had died on the battle field. The Union lost around 360,000 soldiers, and the Confederacy lost 260,000. More than twice that number were injured. Fifteen decades later, here’s the question that needs to be asked: Was it really necessary to have this war?

Here in my home state of Louisiana, we are surrounded by remnants of the bloody battles that took place. When I began my law practice in Northeast Louisiana across the Mississippi River from Natchez, my home was the Lisburn Plantation, just north of Ferriday. To make his final siege of Vicksburg in one of the final and decisive battles of the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered my future home to headquarter for several days before crossing the Mississippi River and attacking Vicksburg from the South. Continue reading “Jim Brown”

The Jefferson Parish Attorney’s office payroll fraud scandal continues…….

Whitmergate checked in last night with some analysis on Slabbed’s open thread:

WWL, in collaboration with Jeremy Alford of The Jefferson Report, followed up on the Non-Elector Asst PAs who had remained on the payroll illegally. Young announced that Jeremy Dwyer and Danielle Mitternight were fired.

Peggy Barton was Supervisor of Asst PAs under Wilkinson, and knew that Dwyer did not live in Jefferson Parish. In fact Dwyer gave two zip codes, one of which is 70124 which is Lakeview in Orleans Parish. Dwyer and Barton both conspired, along with Wilkinson in payroll fraud as the Parish Charter mandates that all Asst PAs be electors of Jefferson Parish. Dwyer is also a cousin of Louis Gruntz, the other 1st Deputy Parish Atty, who along with Wilkinson and then 1st Deputy Parish Atty Barton knew Dwyer was holding that position illegally.

Danielle Mitternight was hired by Interim Parish Attorney Peggy Barton as a senior Asst PA at a salary in excess og $70,000 dollars, all of which has been paid illegally. She had previously clerked for Chief Justice Kimball of the La Supreme Court, and was hired out of the CONNICK LAW FIRM ! Mitternight also gave two zip codes, however like Dwyer, the 70124 Lakeview Orleans Parish is where she has her primary residence and domicile.

The print story is online at WWL-TV and can be accessed by clicking here. The WWL video report follows: Continue reading “The Jefferson Parish Attorney’s office payroll fraud scandal continues…….”

Moseying on and moving along part deux: Judge Guirola transfers Ex Rel Rigsby to Judge Ozerden

As I stated earlier I think this is a positive development and if I had to pick a non-conflicted local judge to handle Ex Rel Rigsby Judge Ozerden would be it.  His reputation is that he is the type of judge that “lets the lawyers lawyer” meaning he won’t use procedural bullshit to avoid an honest day’s work. We last heard from him in Penthouse Homeowner’s Association v Lloyd’s and he handled the case fairly. He is conservative but then again so is the recently Obama nominated Jane Triche-Milazzo for a seat in the LAED.  I think Jane will make a good judge though. Lest I digress.

Here is the order transferring the case to Ozerden. Unfortunately Magistrate Walker, who is the pits as a judge IMHO remains the Magistrate assigned to the case.