Excuse me Mr. Chairman, I have a question.

Posting time is short for me folks but I have been doing my own thing following some money. Now I want everyone to follow along with me:

New alleged arrangement between Nagin and Lake Forest Plaza owner ~ Hammerman

Solomon owns the graffiti-laced Grand Theatre at Lake Forest Plaza with bankers Ashton Ryan and Alden McDonald. The abandoned stadium-seating theater has been an eyesore since Katrina, even though it got a $5 million federal loan backed by the city, tax penalties waived and a $17 million loan from Lowe’s Home Improvement, which has a store next door.

As we reported exclusively in January, Ryan sent Nagin a letter in 2007 asking the mayor for more corporate welfare — and reminding him about the promises Nagin had made to Solomon and McDonald to help the theater project.

On Friday, we confronted Ryan, who along with Solomon and McDonald, had evaded our questions for over a month. We asked him if he was Businessman A.

Next:

FIRST NBC BANK HOLDING COMPANY ANNOUNCES PRICING OF ITS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING ~ Company Press release found via social media

First NBC Bank Board members Dale Atkins_Charles Teamer participate in ringing of bell on Wall Street

Now the question. After going through the S-1 and 424B4 looking to ascertain the people behind the bank I found this: Continue reading “Excuse me Mr. Chairman, I have a question.”

Monday tease: Slabbed finally locates the MIA Jefferson Parish DA Paul Connick. Simple junior, the Buddy System in action (Updated)

Slabbed has obtained documents related to certain contracts let by State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in various state litigation against big pharma. It strongly appears Caldwell is using Allan Kanner as a “buffer” to give state contracts to local luminaries such as DA Paul Connick and Dale Atkins in these suits. Documents at 10 below the jump. Continue reading “Monday tease: Slabbed finally locates the MIA Jefferson Parish DA Paul Connick. Simple junior, the Buddy System in action (Updated)”

Dambala has more on the computer crash that put the NOLA real estate market on its knees.

Folks, after speaking with Jason at length on this topic, I’ll add that he did a masterful job rolling out Part 3 of The Big Crash over at Humid Beings and it is well worth the read as he dissects the NOLA Civil District Court, laying bare the bullshit from judges like Madeline Landrieu and Clerk of Court Dale Atkins.

IMHO that Executive Chef at CDC is the single biggest reason people on the inside started to talk about the myriad of ways these judges serve themselves instead of the public.

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Ethics and morality? Shakespeare knew not of sociopathy: A quick Slabbed update.

My desktop is cluttered with links and that does not count the ones I present today for the consideration of the Slabbed Nation.  If the spirit moves me I’ll try to string some of the saved links together around the Saints game today and put a couple of posts in the can for next week.

We must begin here in Mississippi where the judges are not mere pigs at the trough a la Judge pOrteous but instead are completely drunk with power.  Oxford lawyer Tom Freeland has been telling the story of Judge Tommy Talmadge Littlejohnson and his asinine behavior jailing a lawyer for contempt because he wouldn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Those wanting additional background can read Patsy Brumfield’s original story on the topic here.

Speaking of north Mississippi, escapee Jarvis DeBerry chips in with today’s column on the latest NOPD guilty plea in the Danziger Bridge shootings.  Unfortunately for Shakespeare the term sociopath did not exist in his days but I think it is the word Jarvis is looking for.  I’ll add this is a subject we’ve been interested in since we first identified similar personality traits in some of the insurance folks we’ve run across since beginning Slabbed.

We’ve spoken a lot about legal ethics and ethicists here on Slabbed through time.  Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino, for example, is a favorite of the Slabbed Nation and we’ll be circling back to Dane but first Continue reading “Ethics and morality? Shakespeare knew not of sociopathy: A quick Slabbed update.”

You know Dale, maybe if you didn’t spend so much time doing a private law practice with Tom Capella someone would have taken a backup…..

Folks I’ve been following the Dale Atkins’ disaster from afar, duly noting the irate emails I’ve been receiving about the Clerk of Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the incompetent handling of her office, that experienced a computer crash last month and evidently did not maintain any useful backups.  There is a story behind the story that I will not be telling today beyond highlighting some interesting connections Ms Atkins’ maintains.

Over a decade ago I had the misfortune of taking  on the Single Audit of a so-called institution of higher learning the State Auditor’s office suddenly had lost interest in. The reason was the institution had suffered a catastrophic computer crash which they were still recovering from when I showed up on site to begin fieldwork.

Evaluating internal controls over the various computer systems is part and parcel of any audit and I quickly learned the director of the MIS department was evidently a bang-up band director before snagging the high level administrative position overseeing the institution’s computing systems, no doubt helped by the fact that his wife, a beautician by trade who was then the institution’s bookstore manager, reportedly was shagging a senior member of the administration. Continue reading “You know Dale, maybe if you didn’t spend so much time doing a private law practice with Tom Capella someone would have taken a backup…..”

Hi everyone, I’m backkkkkkkkk….

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Been off doing the paying work thing. I should have time to blog and return emails over the next few days. My apologies to those that wondered, wrote and still didn’t get a reply.

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