I’ve been trying to stay away from the coming judicial elections in Jefferson Parish since Julie Quinn quit the Division D race a few months ago as the candidates did not excite me much nor did I see many clear cut choices. That is, until John Sudderth announced he would run in Division D. If you scroll down to the comments you’ll find my lawyer Bobby Truitt tied it up with Sudderth and/or his handlers as there are a few subjects that get Bobby fired up, Operation Wrinkled Robe being one of them.
Long story short Bobby’s client K-Mart was home cooked by former Judge Alan Green and the gang at team K-Mart did not take kindly to that. The investigation into Gretna courthouse corruption exposed many unsightly wrinkles, incestuous relationships political and otherwise and included local icons like Al Copeland. It was one of the most expensive federal investigations in US history and it stopped way short though Federal Judge Tom Porteous ended up being impeached partially as a result of Wrinkled Robe.
So what does this have to do with John Sudderth running for Division D judge? Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
And the participants? This lays it out: Continue reading “That 24th JDC Division D race will be the death of me as the ghosts of Operation Wrinkled Robe haunt the race”
The Times Picayune went above and beyond in their FOIA based 4 year investigation into Team FBI and Operation Wrinkled Robe, a 9 year saga that concluded with the impeachment last year of Federal District Court Judge Tom pOrteous. We’ve written extensively on both the investigation and last year’s impeachment proceedings with my Bell Cow post on Wrinkled Robe itself found here with Nowdy’s combo Wrinkled Robe/Porteous/Shaved genitalia masterpiece here. Today T-P editor Drew Broach nicely adds to the extensive body of knowledge that is Operation Wrinkled Robe with his report on FBI investigation papers which includes some interactive graphics and the FOIA response itself. It is simply very well done.
Some of the names mentioned should be very familiar to Slabbed lifers in Kenner’s Skip Hand and Steve Mortillaro, later termed deadhead employees by Aaron Broussard’s replacement Steve Theriot. But we also learn that the investigation also went on location in Biloxi twice as the Marcotte’s bought the judges rooms at the Beau Rivage.
Most interesting is how the whole thing started with a tip from a disgruntled competitor of Louis Marcotte to the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the same folks that filed the ethics complaint against Aaron Broussard for making parish venders rent his vacation property at the Trout Point development in Nova Scotia. Ol’ Aaron has since began selling his Canadian holdings including his beloved River Bend Lodge, which was sold earlier this year to Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret of Trout Point Lodge infamy.
I mention all this because all it takes is a tip to start something far larger. Continue reading “Drew Broach takes a nostalgic trip down wrinkled robe lane as the Times Picayune profiles recently released internal FBI records.”
Generally, posts requiring knowledge of Louisiana political history are written by Sop – but “generally” doesn’t apply to this post. Generated by Richard Rainey’s Thomas Porteous’ defense says four judges took money from corrupt bond agents, Sop sent me a background email that suggests there were more “wrinkles” exposed during Operation Wrinkled Robe than those Rainey mentioned:
According to a local lawyer who attended Judge Green’s trial, the Government showed a surveillance video of Judge Alan Green sharing that he shaved his genitalia with Lori Marcotte, before he tried to grope her. Reportedly, with few exceptions those assembled for the trial were quietly amused by the spectacle of Green’s quasi pornographic debut on the little screen.
Operation Wrinkled Robe sent only two judges to prison despite testimony of Lori Marcotte, Former Vice President and CEO Bail Bonds Unlimited:
“You have to give political money to the court, to all the judges. … I’m talking about thousands, not hundreds.”
One of the two was Ronald Bodenheimer, the other Alan Green – and, Porteous now implicates another ten (10), naming just four, according to Rainey’s article : Continue reading “Say not – delay in Porteous’ Impeachment Trial exposes other “wrinkles””