Five things I can say with certainty is that I reliably hear the District 122 incumbent would be overjoyed if Slabbed made no endorsement on the upcoming election. Another thing is posting pictures of candidates dressed up for St Patrick’s day will not change a single vote down here no siree. Drink enough green beer and you too will dress up like the District 122 challenger. Fourth, my fondest hope is that particular race turns into a nasty donnybrook. Finally, Slabbed New Media will be making no endorsements in the District 122 race but will cover the election if it turns into a nasty fight which I think it will.
Moving right along a Chancery Court Judge took his own life this past weekend:
I’m speeding to eight years on this endeavor called Slabbed and we all have seen some of the worst humanity in this area has to offer. The ongoing five year saga of Captain Jay Dantin, the child molestation allegations that dog him along with the accusations that Grand Isle Mayor Carmadelle and Police Chief Dubois tried to cover up the alleged crime ranks as some of the worst in my opinion. Once again Slabbed has been right there literally from the time this story broke as the kneecapped criminal prosecution of Dantin through yesterday’s PACER filings, which contained a plaintiff’s filing with multiple bombshells including a transcript of Mayor Carmadelle’s deposition, which was done on video. What I am going to highlight is the unsworn declaration of the Grand Isle police officer that arrested Dantin way back when the crime was alleged to have been perpetrated in 2010 right at the time of the BP Gulf Oil Catastrophe. It is devastating to both Dubois and Carmadelle:
The mayor and the mother then were allowed to be in the room when Dubois questioned Dantin. When Dantin began to confess, Dubois was unable to find an operable voice recorder, and his assistant was unable to take notes, according to the lawsuit.
Camardelle, meanwhile, “was crying hysterically and uncontrollably, at times lying on the floor,” according to the lawsuit. Camardelle at one point thought he was having a heart attack. He was not. The mother’s lawyers accuse Camardelle of intentionally disrupting the confession.
Dantin was arrested. But the mother, questioning the slow pace of the investigation, said prosecutors repeatedly asked for the investigative reports from Grand Isle police, to no avail.
Welp folks, the Dantin criminal prosecution appears at an end as Jerry “Captain Jay” Dantin skates facing justice on the sexual molestation allegations that have dogged him for the past few years. As Paul Purpura points out in his piece on this topic from a few days back and as Slabbed pointed out very early on, Captain Jay is romantically linked to Grand Isle Mayor David Carmadelle’s mother and is the long time friend of Grand Isle Police Chief Euris Dubois.
There are still outstanding allegations Dubois intentionally botched the police investigation into his friend precisely to keep him out of the pokey thus the civil suit Doe v Dantin et al has muckraking potential so stay tuned.
I’d happily report that my absence meant I’ve been up to something but such is not the case over the last few days as I took a break. This does not mean I don’t have some dynamite things in store for the Slabbed Nation this week but today we do a bit of catching up.
First up is the taxpayer funded money pit also known as the Performing Arts Center. Yesterday the T-P editorial board opined the project should be completed ASAP now that the state’s taxpayers are on the hook for another $9.9MM as the project’s costs has almost doubled since ground broke on the project years ago. Adding to the confusion is yesterday afternoon Bob Ross filed a post titled Affidavit clears up confusion on change order for Performing Arts Center in Metairie that frankly added to my confusion about change order #5 to the point where I gotta call bullshit. A close read of said Legislative auditor’s report on the change order clearly indicates there was a management override involved in that particular change order, management being for CAO Tim Whitmer and current councilman at large Elton LaGasse.
To the extent Whitmer has copped a plea in the wide ranging JP Corruption investigation and reportedly knows where all the “bones are buried”, one would naturally assume he has been questioned closely about his knowledge about whether Councilman LaGasse took a kickback to ram rod that particular change order through, reportedly with no documentation, that included a massive delay claim. I want to make clear this is only an allegation but given what has surfaced about Jiff Hingle and the new Plaquemines Parish Jail such is a fair question, especially as the taxpaying public tries to figure out how a $28MM project has morphed into a $52MM boondoggle. I’ll have more on change order 5 ASAP because it is clear Mr Ross has lots of catching up to do.
Paterno’s supporters are legion, though, and some insist the late coach got a raw deal from former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose 267-page report on the Sandusky scandal Thursday asserted that Paterno and senior Penn State officials made a decision to protect Sandusky to avoid damaging the image of the school and its powerful football program.
Ooops wrong coverup folks, sorry. Let me try again:
A Jefferson Parish judge ruled Wednesday that a politically connected Grand Isle man is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of inappropriately touching a young boy. The judge dismissed doctors’ findings that the elderly defendant’s memory lapses will adversely affect his ability to assist his defense attorney.
“I walk out of this courtroom every day,” 24th Judicial District Court Judge Steve Windhorst said. “I forget things on the bench every day.”
That means Jerry Dantin, 77, will stand trial a third time next month for sexual battery. Authorities allege he had a 6-year-old boy apply lotion to his genital area while in a shrimp boat berthed at Grand Isle in early 2010. Two Jefferson Parish juries have been unable to reach verdicts in the case during the past year, leading to two mistrials.
We’ve covered this story since the early days folks but for you newbies and those catching up Paul Purpura at the Times Picayune checked in with a case update yesterday afternoon that also has a good synopsis of the events to date. The bottom line is a 6-year-old boy claims he was molested by Dantin, who dates Mayor Carmadelle’s momma on the side and has not yet received justice, in part because police chief Euris Dubois, a long time friend of Dantin appears to have botched the investigation.
Grand Isle’s favorite perverted geezer has problems beyond his upcoming criminal retrial for molesting a 5-year-old boy because the problems associated with the inside fix Euris Dubois at the Grand Isle PD tried to put in on Dantin’s behalf is coming into much sharper focus. You see folks Dantin confessed to his crimes in front of Dubois and step son David Carmadelle last year but Dubois’ story that the department’s tape recorder did not work and that his secretary is functionally illiterate thus unable to take notes keeps getting curiousier and curiousier. I personally can’t wait to hear why Mayor Carmadelle fell out that day requiring an ambulance but that factoid will come another day while we visit with Paul Purpura’s Times Picayune story on Judge Zainey allowing the suit to continue as Team Dantin’s lost a big round of procedural motions in the related civil suit against Dantin, Dubois, Carmadelle and the Town of Grand Isle.
Our own Patricia has been questioning the wisdom of parents taking children to Grand Isle in light of the events that have thus far unfolded in the Dantin saga and the one involving Dantin’s buddy Patrick Walsh who also appears to like his sex very young. If it was me I’d keep my kids close on Grand Isle because it is also clear you can’t trust law enforcement on Grand Isle to do anything other than botch the investigation, as it strongly appears they purposely did in the case of Mayor Caramdelle’s step dad.