There is a Roby in the woodpile……

And unfortunately for Derrick Shepherd it was one Roby too many as it appears his attempt to undo his prior guilty plea is fizzing out. Paul Purpura tells the story for the Times Picayune, where the prosecutors seemed to stop just short of throwing Shepherd’s former lawyer and partner in crime, Clarence Roby under the bus.

For our part I think it is clear from the Shepherd saga that not only has he been trying to save his own ass since he copped that plea, we find a bit of between the lines confirmation of something I was told just a few months ago that the federal investigation into Jefferson Parish Corruption began well before the Bill Hubbard saga. I would have loved to see Chehoggy’s face when he was tipped about the tap……..


The grinch that stole Mardi Gras: But where will Mini-me go to ride his fire truck and train engine?

Couresty of a reader

Its true folks there must simply not be enough graft in Mardi Gras to interest the City officials in Gretna any longer as Allen Powell reports for the Times Picayune.

There are some awfully familiar surnames that story…….


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Oxford lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland arrested for Trespassing and Simple Assault (Updated/Revised)

Short and sweet folks.  Last night I was emailed an arrest report  involving Oxford Lawyer/Blogger Tom Freeland.  I contacted Mr Freeland who disputed the allegations and declined further comment. The sworn complaint, which represents one side of a legal dispute, is salacious in its detail:

Once inside, Ms White stated that Mr Freeland grabbed and pulled on her hair and kissed her several times. Ms White stated he began telling her “You know you want this as much as I do.” Ms. White stated that he then ripped her blouse off and then stood up and stepped back for a few steps….. Continue reading “Oxford lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland arrested for Trespassing and Simple Assault (Updated/Revised)”

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”