The good word came down on Tuesday when Judge Ozerden ruled on a Rule 41 voluntary dismissal motion filed by Reed after he settled with the City of Diamondhead’s insurer. I frankly never understood why the private citizens were included by Reed in his Section 1983 lawsuit against the City and once that count was settled it opened the door for the Court to punt the entire case, which it did. Reed could in theory refile the libel action in Circuit Court but he’d be throwing good money after bad based on his federal court complaint. Slabbed’s archival post on this topic can be found here. Judge Ozerden’s order of dismissal is embedded below:
Moving right along since the archival post also covered the Marquar Section 1983 lawsuit against the City of Bay St Louis, Mike Favre and Lonnie Falgout I took a peek at the docket of that matter while I was on PACER. Motions to Dismiss were filed late last fall and there has not been a docket entry since. I suspect a ruling on those Motions will be forthcoming shortly.
I’m still wondering why in the hell Double D has been sued because I did not see any specific allegations against him in Reed’s complaint as he was simply lumped in with Tommy Scafer and the rest like he was a City official. It won’t take Perry Mason to get Dwayne out of Reed’s Section 1983 civil suit.
How much money did or will Reed or his lawyer spend using a process server to get the defendants their copy? Some defendants essentially waive service so a process server isn’t needed but with this many defendants I never understand why the local bar doesn’t use the Rule 4(d) waiver process more often. A defendant that waives service of a summons would certainly sign the Rule 4 Waiver and get a bit more time to respond while those that don’t get stuck for the cost of not playing nice.
Even more interesting is the social media chatter locally, with public opinion seemingly split with a healthy percentage of those commenting thinking the arrest is retaliation against Marquar for filing a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 lawsuit against the City of Bay St Louis, Mayor Mike Favre and former Councilman Lonnie Falgout. Such is a reasonable conclusion from reading Stacey Cato’s story because about two thirds of it rehashes Marquar’s civil suit against the City, which was filed last month in Federal court. The story also did not name the person who swore the complaint against Marquar, ostensibly because Don Bass of HCSO refused to name the lady, whose name did appear on Facebook.
Regarding this civil rights lawsuit against St Slammany Parish DA Walter Reed which Slabbed broke the Plaintiff’s Ex-Wife has spoken and despite having spoken to both the areas major newspapers it is not clear what she said:
Crystal Magee’s version of events doesn’t necessarily contradict what her ex-husband claims in his suit. But her account suggests that it was a phone call from her to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal’s office that led deputies to arrest her ex-husband in the first place.
The ex-wife of an Arkansas man who claimed in a federal lawsuit that District Attorney Walter Reed and others had him arrested in Washington Parish as retaliation for providing information to the FBI says her ex-husband’s story is not true.
So the story goes Magee provided information to the FBI concerning “Jerry Wayne” Cox, a Pentecostal Preacher who is friends with District Attorney Walter Reed, concerning property insurance claims made by Cox. Magee alleges he was warned not to return to Louisiana. Sure enough according to Magee, the next time he took a trip to Louisiana, several Sheriff’s deputies showed up at his aunt’s house, tased him into unconsciousness and arrested him. After the arrest, a press release was issued saying Magee was arrested for owing back child support payments. He was held in jail for 97 days, during which time he was denied bail under the pretext he was under a “DA Hold” put in place by Reed. This all sounds familiar folks. Click the pic to score the 28 page PDF below:
Brown attended Monday’s hearing, and afterward she celebrated outside with Abel.
Where Robert’s story gets weak in the knees IMHO involves his description of Abel as some sort of defense lawyer for his adopted son Shane Gates, aka Shane D’Antoni, who has also previously sued the NOPD for police brutality back in the day. What is clear is that Robert’s reporting on this is so compartmentalized and narrow as to be misleading in my opinion.
What is true from a big picture standpoint is what was a DWI arrest involving some low level violence has now morphed into 2 federal lawsuits, the latest filed by Abel on behalf of his “son” whereby Abel also claims to be a witness, an impossible legal scenario under which Abel could provide such representation. How Abel can show up representing Gates in the criminal matter at the heart of the the civil suits where Abel is a witness is anyone’s guess but maybe that is why Judge Swartz mentioned sanctions. Continue reading “Slabbed welcomes 22nd JDC Judge Richard Swartz to the party”