Federal Judge L.T. Senter is retiring. Ex Rel Rigsby to be transfered to another judge.

I’ll try to get the story behind the story on Judge Senter’s retirement mid-case in Ex Rel Rigsby but the early speculation centers on his health.  Here on Slabbed, Senter has been both praised and criticised but he is also well-respected.  We’ve been covering judges in this area for over 3 years now and without doubt Judge Senter is one of the best in terms of his understanding and application of the law.  He will be missed.

Anita Lee at the Sun Herald broke this story yesterday afternoon and she promises to have more on Friday.  We look forward to Anita’s reporting.


I had no idea you cared…..

We had lots of pages on the old site devoted to certain civil and criminal cases we’ve followed and/or covered through time.  Evidently the crowded masthead caused some of the Slabbed Nation to miss the two pages that better explain the genesis of this blog in the story of my Katrina experience and a few pictures of the aftermath.  These pages are Slabbed originals from back before there even was a blog and will remain a fixture here while we transition. That said I may bring the legal archives over when a get a spare minute but in a different page structure that does not result in an overly crowded masthead.

I do not write much about myself but for those of you that are curious (and evidently there are several of you folks based on yesterday’s site traffic) I have another post that explains a bit more about my roots here.


Jim Brown: Death Row, New Orleans and the Supreme Court’s Betrayal of Justice

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana


There is an aura of myth that surrounds Lady Justice, who is pictured standing tall with the balanced scales of justice in her hands. She is blindfolded to assure impartiality and fairness. But if she read the decision about the death row inmate from New Orleans that was handled down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, one could only wonder whether she dropped her scales, pulled off her blindfold, and wept.

If there was ever any doubt about the lack of fairness, competence and fundamental decency among the current majority composition of the Supreme Court, such doubt was put to rest by a decision that would make any oppressive and dictatorial government proud. Heavy words, that’s true. But one would have to look long and hard to find a more repugnant decision. Continue reading “Jim Brown: Death Row, New Orleans and the Supreme Court’s Betrayal of Justice”

We have more changes coming….

A quick update from the transition team.  You’ll notice new sharing widgets below each post and a new plug-in that allows our commenters to self edit their comments. That plug-in may not be long for the world though as I’m seriously considering moving the entire comment platform to Disqus.

I like to tinker so let me know what features you like and those you don’t as I tweak and make adjustments here on the new site.


We have a few new developments with the Parish’s lawsuit against Waste Management and USA v Mouton

Paul Rioux has been a busy guy today checking in with 2 reports for the T-P the first dealing with the fact the Parish has partially settled the suit against Waste Management and is no longer seeking to terminate Waste Management’s contract early. Along those same lines we also learned that River Birch has been invited to participate as a party to the Parish’s suit against Waste Management at the insistence of the Parish, who appears to be dutifully throwing Team River Birch under the bus. For my part I can’t wait to get my hands on that bogus River Birch cost study prepared for River Birch by hired gun economist Loren Scott which is certain to be produced in discovery. Finally it appears John Young and/or Mini-me Roberts got River Birch lackey Elton Lagasse back on the reservation as someone must have pointed out to him the only “massaging of figures” happening with River Birch occurs when Lagasse genuflects before the Wards and Fred Heebe in a periodic show of appreciation for being cut in on the graft.

The news for the Heebe’s gets only worse folks as last night word leaked out Team Mouton Continue reading “We have a few new developments with the Parish’s lawsuit against Waste Management and USA v Mouton”

Let’s kick start the new blog with some USA v Mouton observations

Alrighty lets kick-start the new site with USA v Mouton as it is heating up as our boy Henry is apparently squealing to Team Fed. Last night ‘Gate referenced my remarks concerning rolling up both Papa and Baby Butler and how Mouton spilling his guts could impact that.

I mentioned this last year but it bears repeating.  When it gets to the brass tacks a concept from game theory called Prisoner’s Dilemma kicks in. The bottom line is he who squeals first generally gets the best deal. Henry is getting good advice from his lawyer Mary Olive Pierson IMHO.


Jeremy Alford has a little something for everyone with Jindy's Cash Cows…

Folks, rarely has a writer managed to weave so many angles of interest to the Slabbed Nation into one article as nicely as free-lance writer Jeremy Alford does for Gambit in his article Cash Cows. (H/T Editilla) There is only one place I know of that has woven players like Worley Catastrophe, Bermdoggle, Allan “Show me the Money” Kanner plus TheRiot and Magnum JD into a narrative and that of course is right here.  Jeremy gets an A+.


Lets connect a few dots as we feature James Gill’s last column on Fred Heebe.

I have a small confession to make.  After I wrote yesterday’s posts Continue reading “Lets connect a few dots as we feature James Gill’s last column on Fred Heebe.”

If this were a stock chart the pattern would certainly be considered bullish

It’s not the number of readers that is important, it is the quality of reader….. ~ (Sop, December 2007)

Quality naturally brings quantity.

In a very busy news week we are also very busy behind the scenes accomplishing the tasks necessary to form our business entity and move the blog to Slabbed.org.

We’re not certain what kind of response a donate button will generate but that is the initial route we’ll be taking.  Investigative journalism in particular isn’t cheap and to this point Nowdy and I have self funded this endeavor called Slabbed to the tune of 5 figures each through time and that does not count all the time we spend writing posts, replying to emails etc. Continue reading “If this were a stock chart the pattern would certainly be considered bullish”

Slabbed answers the question everyone has been asking: Who is Whitmergate?

‘Gate seemingly knows where all the bodies are buried and I can *see* this person’s identity has been the subject of great specualtion. So I’m giving a hint below the fold. Continue reading “Slabbed answers the question everyone has been asking: Who is Whitmergate?”