Short and sweet folks: Three cases and we’ve covered them all.
The suit the Parish filed against certain media outlets to clarify which grand jury documents the media would receive pursuant to media public records requests. The decisions made with respect to the outcome of this litigation is a key precursor to Slabb O’Leaks where we periodically publish the emails of certain parish council members from around the general time frame when the insurance portion of the Jefferson Parish political corruption scandal broke. This suit deals with the public records law and the media outlets were defended by Phelps Dunbar.
He brought dishonor on himself, those that associated with him and his family name by not resigning from the bench, preferring instead impeachment and conviction by Congress. With the handwriting on the wall, he saves the do-little Chuck Plattsmeier and his band of blind mice at the Louisiana ODC the work of booting him from the legal profession by resigning from the practice of law.
Unfortunately for Plattsmeir, there is still the matter of Dick Chopin, Joseph Mole and Don Gardner, and Claude Lightfoot, Porteous enablers all, that have thus far skated on any discipline for their grossly unethical behavior with the former judge. We won’t be holding our breath though because the ODC seemingly only regulates those lawyers that are not politically connected.
Folks we are all fixing to find out if Chuck Plattsmier and his ODC are really limp wristed nutless wonders or if they are serious about the judicial and legal misconduct revealed in this case from sleazy operators like Dick Chopin, Don Gardner, Tom Wilkinson and Joseph Mole.
Representing the paralegal in Bayou Sorrell is Donna Grodner who recently turned in LJ Hymel and plaintiff’s counsel Lewis Unglesby for conducting an ex parte communication. The Baton Rouge Business report used comments from a defense counsel in the same litigation to imply lawyer Donna Grodner had done something illegal capturing the inside job on tape while not commenting on the propriety of the ex parte communication.