Jamie Perdiago??? Have we heard that name before on Slabbed?????

Of course we have folks and the reporting this blog has done on the Perdigao saga has well withstood the test of time.  I mention all this because of a recent story on former AUSA Sal Perricone by Gordon Russell over at the Times Picayune that included some of the most insightful commentary seen on NOLA.com in quite some time. Before I get to that there are two issues on Peridago that I must stress:

1. I firmly believe Jamie Perdiago was being truthful in his allegations involving the Edwards prosecution and the sleazy things going on at Adams and Reese, which is now on display in federal court for its role in enabling Sir Allen Stanford to swindle billions from unsuspecting well heeled investors.
2. Using the proof Perdiago obtained to back his allegations in court would have been problematic.

This differs from the Team Letten version of events which maintains Perdiago was a serial liar incapable of telling the truth. The entire saga shows Slabbed is committed to getting to the bottom of the story, even if it meant we did not tow the Team Letten line. Trust me folks when I say Slabbed coverage of the Peridago affair did not earn us any friends at Team Letten or Adams and Reese. Now that T-P reader commentary:

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For Heebe, one goal is to show that Letten knew that Perricone was making the comments at the time the comments were posted, but that Letten took no action to stop it. I usually wouldn’t repeat a rumor, however I’ve now heard from three independent sources that Continue reading “Jamie Perdiago??? Have we heard that name before on Slabbed?????”

Someone want to let us in on the chain?

This post has experienced a spike in site traffic lately and if I had to guess the link is being emailed around based on the referral source.  It involves Chris Roberts, Gretna Police Chief Lawson and 2 of his boys including Robert’s staffer Brett Lawson and their connections to Adams and Reese lobbyst Chris Coulon, son of soon to be indicted former Parish President Tim Coulon and DA Conncik’s brother Dutchie Connick and his connection to Kass Brothers Construction and Kass’ connections to the River Birch landfill, whose offices were recently raided by the FBI.  Whew that was a mouthful.

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Now that the Waste Management nuke has detonated, let’s explore the radioactive fallout.

The answer my friends is clearly on the Slab, as SupaSleuth indeed lives up to the moniker. So I put some of the names up in the post tag but those wanting all the skinny regarding some of the allegations Waste Management levied against Parish Government for double dealing should check out the Sleuth’s comment here. Great stuff my man.

Also Whitmergate wrote a guest post for us back in June which touched on the same subject.

Tom Capella is in the post tags because there is a Capella in this woodpile maybe 2. I think most everyone understands the significance of Bob. Adams and Reese because of the Coulon lobbying connection.

I feel safe in saying everyone that matters is reading this post. Additional color in comments about Bordelon and his relationship with Lagasse along with the Capellas mucho appreciated in the greater Slabbed Nation.

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Slabbed goes behind the ‘green door’ and takes a peek at the Jefferson Parish corruption hive: Adams & Reese welcome back to Slabbed

I was actually tickled that a commenter mentioned former Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale yesterday on my profile of Lafayette Insurance Company as it loosely fits with other information that has come to light in the unfolding Jefferson Parish corruption scandal. The intersection of course is the lobbying arm of law firm Adams and Reese which has a penchant for hiring crooked former pols to lobby for their big business clients. As the title implies we’ve blogged a good bit on Adams and Reese through time, especially the saga of former A&R partner Jamie Perdigao who is now in prison serving time for embezzling almost $30MM from his partners there without being caught for years. Our archival posts on this topic can be found generally here with some notable posts here, here and here

The web of relationships that fostered the cesspool that is Jefferson Parish government cuts across the legal profession, as everyone will eventually learn as some of the best lawyers both trial and corporate form the rats nest on top of the Parish treasury. This post focuses on our old friends at A&R as one of their lobbyist, former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon, has repeatedly surfaced in connection with the doubling dealing that centered around former Parish CAO Tim Whitmer and his insurance brokerage Lagniappe Industries. We’ll let Paul Murphy at WWL kick start things: 

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Federal investigators are now reviewing subpoenaed documents from the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, also known as the Superdome Commission.

They requested LSED contracts and insurance agreements from 2004 to 2008. That’s during a time when former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon served as chairman of the board and was on the payroll at Lagniappe Industries, owned by former parish Chief Administrative Officer Tim Whitmer.  Continue reading “Slabbed goes behind the ‘green door’ and takes a peek at the Jefferson Parish corruption hive: Adams & Reese welcome back to Slabbed”

“True Life Adventures” of a corporate lawyer…..(Updated)

There has been a criminal case we’ve been following here at Slabbed involving a corporate attorney that ended up on the wrong side of the law. When Nowdy sent me the PACER docs she didn’t quite know what to make of things as she doesn’t have the advantage of proxmity to the story. Before I get to naming names let’s examine some of the contents of the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum:

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The goverrnment will not object to the two point reduction for acceptance of responsibility based upon the defendant’s statement expressing remorse and acceptance of responsibility which is as follows:

“Since I entered my guilty plea, I have had time to reflect on how I handled my legal situation and what went wrong with my decision-making along the way. Unfortunately, my personal life includes a long series of bad judgments and poor decision-making for reasons I don’t full (sic) understand.

Up until I pled, I continuously tried to shift responsibility for my own misconduct and rationalize my behavior. I am not sure what is wrong with my judgement and decision-making process but it relates somehow to the fact that-I don’t have much balance in my life. My life was my work. On most nights for many years, I left the office after the night cleaning Crew. I never bought a house, never married, never had children. I lived very frugally in a $500.00 per month apartment and never took a vacation. At firm Christmas parties, I received the “Table for One” award or a blanket and a pillow for my office, as the firm poked fun at my being a loner and a workaholic. Given that I had spent most ofmy life working and saving every penny, I could not rationally and objectively deal with giving up all ofthe money and accept the consequences of my misconduct. Continue reading ““True Life Adventures” of a corporate lawyer…..(Updated)”

Perdigao v Adams & Reese: Robert Wooley You Magnificent Bastard, Welcome to Slabbed

Our readers may remember Weiss v Allstate attorney Richard Trahant occasionally stops in to chat with us. Today, he dropped by with the mother of all tips, the case of Perdiago v Adams & Reese L.L.P. et al filed Tuesday in New Orleans which we have added to our legal pages. This is a very long post but I hope our readers will take the time to read it and consider the implications of the misconduct alleged against Adams and Reese.

I did some googling and found this case had a little something for everyone and featured all the usual suspects, Edwin Edwards, indicted US Representative William Jefferson, former Mayor Marc Morial, disgraced former Orleans Parish DA (and former Clinton era NOLA US Attorney) Eddie Jordan, Robert Guidry plus a entire gaggle of local political figures. Frankly, reading the RICO complaint against Adams and Reese coupled with the news stories has me convinced this case is huge in its implications. First some background from Baton Rouge Channel 9.

The federal court case that sent former Governor Edwin Edwards to prison has a potential new can of worms. New paperwork filed in a mail fraud case lists Congressman William Jefferson as participating in a bribery scheme between former Treasure Chest Casino owner Robert Guidry and former U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan. Both Guidry and Jordan were key players in the Edwards case…… Continue reading “Perdigao v Adams & Reese: Robert Wooley You Magnificent Bastard, Welcome to Slabbed”