Jim Brown

Thursday, May 12th 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

LOUISIANA UNDER SIEGE BY MISSISSIPPI RIVER!

Randy Newman’s song, Louisiana 1927, hit home to many residents up and down the Mississippi river this week. He was singing about the 1927 flood, where more than 23,000 square miles were inundated, hundreds of people died, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. As of right now, predictions are that water levels up and down the river will exceed those reached in the 1927 disaster. And no one really knows how bad it will get.

It has been abnormally hot this spring throughout the south. A number of states have seen three times the normal amount of rain. But along with the downpours, there have been droughts and wildfires. Then came the tornadoes in all time record numbers that killed at least 309 people and caused massive destruction. Insurance losses are now projected to exceed $6 billon, with a similar amount for homes that were either under insured, or not insured at all.

The heavy spring rains have been incessant up and down the river, and there are projections for more Midwest thunderstorms later on this week. And all this water has, over the years, been channeled in tight levee systems that are right now under massive pressure. Author John Barry, who has been a guest on my radio show on several occasions, documented the dangers of flooding on the Mississippi in his award winning book, “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi river Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America.” I asked him about his concerns today. “I know the power of this river, and quite frankly it makes me nervous to see this much water on the move,” he says. Continue reading “Jim Brown”

Slabbed News Miscellany: I'm not sure just how to present these items…

First of all folks it has come to my attention there is a missing episode of Magnum J.D. starring Eric Paulsen, Diane Hollis, Phyllis George, Dr. Laura Badeaux, Cindy Cenac, Julie Quinn, Faith Peperone, Sonia Perez, Kathleen Diamond and Elizabeth Dent.  According to my sources, screen writer Nell Nolan had the ladies situated poolside enjoying the fine spring day over at Mag’s place on St Chas. A tip of the Slabbed hat to several readers on the disappearance of the episode which also has Magnum out of town trying to ascertain his real place of birth.

Next up is Saints Owner Tom Benson getting the pope to genuflect before him and kiss his Super Bowl ring. Folks in Catholicism these days the times they are a changin’.

I’d like to recognize the Magnolia Report for linking us on their headline page. Merci Beaucoup. Along those lines I’d also like to thank our new friends over at Moosedenied for the very kind words over on Twitter. Grandmaster Wang has some good stuff on Vaggie Bush.

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And it all comes tumbling down…..

In late 2008/early 2009 the Nation was captivated by the judicial bribery prosecution of Dickie Scruggs, his son Zach plus the greedy stooges in Tim Balducci and Steve Patterson among others. In a way the genesis of Slabbed lie in those events as Team Insurance, through various shills such as Portland Oregon Lawyer David Rossmiller that took the opportunity to screw over folks down here on the coast whose only “crime” was losing their homes to a hurricane and expecting their insurer to honor their contracts.

There has been a  fair amount about the Scruggs prosecution documented on these pages, mainly by the now on hiatus Nowdy who used the term Just Us justice to describe the behind the scenes crushing of Zach Scruggs in particular and indeed before she departed she wrote of Zach Scrugg’s attempt to have his guilty plea overturned based on the case facts and an intervening Supreme Court decision.

I’ve never had much of an interest in the carrying on of a bunch of power lawyers 300 plus miles away in North Mississippi before the folks down here on the coast got used as cheap props in the Scruggs scandal and believe me I come not to defend Dick Scruggs as he represents the worst of the legal profession in how he conducted himself professionally. That said I’m now beginning to wonder how much company he should have in the federal pen because it is becoming very clear some of Scruggs’ loudest critics aren’t much better people and this includes the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi which even tried to eat its own young in the bogus prosecution of FBI Agent Hal Neilson last year.

I’ve been sitting on information about the Scruggs saga for well over a year.  Frankly with the revelations that the US Attorney’s office in Oxford seemed more interested in cashing via writing a book than doing justice in USA v Scruggs, the more recent revelations of prosecutorial misconduct in the case comes as no surprise. This is a topic that is beginning to call me, especially with news today that AUSA Bob Norman was disqualified by Judge Biggers from USA v Zach Scruggs for withholding information from the court salient to the case.

I personally think Zach knew about the bribe just as surely as the senior folks at Nutt and McAllister did, but I do not think the government had the evidence to prove it.  When things slow down a bit I’m going to review this case. It is becoming too compelling not to take a second look.

Edited 2/19/15

It doesn't get much better than free…

Mark your calanders folks for May 21 and 22 as the Bay Bridge Fest is on and features an Allstar musical lineup. I’ve embedded the schedule below the fold. Continue reading “It doesn't get much better than free…”

I am almost afraid to ask….

Here in Mississippi our Insurance Commish doubles as the State Fire Marshal.  Commish Mike Chaney just made the news wearing his Fire Marshal hat in fact, as it relates to the recent cabin fire at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds. Now given the hit job former deputy commish turned State Farm lawyer Lee Harrell did on the Rigsby sisters that was extraordinary in the complete lack of professionalism that went into the finished product, one wonders what would happen if legal determinations associated with a fire causing fatality could cause an innocent man to be executed here in Mississippi like happened in Texas a few years back.  The implications are quite disturning IMHO.

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