Judge Barbier can lead a “new Louisiana way”…

With Louisiana way’ on full display at Judge Thomas Porteous’ trial and the news that the  Initial federal court hearing in BP oil spill is this afternoon, I’ve given some thought to what Judge Barbier can do to make the “right way” the new “Louisiana way”:

1. Brown bag lunch versus “the Louisiana way”:

“Marcotte, his sister and associate Lori, and several former employees of Bail Bonds Unlimited testified that they treated Porteous to many meals…”

2. Carpool with other judges or take a taxi versus “the Louisiana way”:

“BBU employees would pick up his car from the courthouse, have it detailed or have the oil changed for free, then drop it off…”

3.  Install brick or metal fencing versus “the Louisiana way”:

“Two [BBU] employees spent several days rebuilding a damaged wooden fence…”

4. Eat more beef versus “the Louisiana way”:

“Holiday turkeys counted as currency in this universe…”

5. BYOC as in “Bake your own cakes and cookies” versus “the Louisiana way”:

“but more commonly…[the currency]…was dessert, specifically doberge cakes…”

Barbier was likely too busy for even a brown-bag lunch today: Continue reading “Judge Barbier can lead a “new Louisiana way”…”

Guest Opinion: Law & Grace calls for Judicial Reform in response to the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous

“I am the President / Founder of Law & Grace, Inc, a social justice, 501 (c) (3) corporation. I am hoping that two particular statements that I posted in response to the nola.com September 11, 2010 article entitled: “Judge Thomas Porteous the crook on trial: An editorial”  might become the beginnings for judicial changes.  In case there are folks interested in joining, helping, planning some types of judicial reforms, I am offering my views on SLABBED in this kickoff phase.  Persons in accord with the idea of reform are welcome to sign up, join in, help out, give suggestions, etc at this brainstorming / development stage.  I’ve just began thinking about such an attempt today.  So updates, information, future developments will be provided either via the Law & Grace website or via SLABBED, or both.  Without any revisions, here’s what I wrote:

Edith, when the article (see the link below) was written years ago about you telling the Federalist Society about legal corruption, you could have better served Louisiana –as well as the sullied judicial system which you and your kind mistakenly think, or think that public is naive enough to think if Porteous leaves, the air will be cleaner –as if only Porteous needs to go. You should have named those persons and their deeds SINCE YOU WORK AMONG THEM –and you had enough first-hand experience enough to talk about them years ago. It seems that you deceitfully spoke against corruption while all this time you have shielded it. How can you be proud of yourself? What reason do you and your kind think you should be called, ‘your honor’??!! Did you EVER have a conscience when that article was written with YOUR words!!?? Did you use your speech and platform so you could get recognition, nomination, and then a seat on the Supreme Court? I am SO glad it didn’t happen.

Because you are part of the problem and not the solution to Louisiana’s atrocious judicial system, you deserve to inhale the stench you helped and watched foment. Mouth says anything, especially when it garners praise (and does not rock the boat). You, and those who act like they want an ethical court system need to DO something rather SAY anything which makes it appear you are ‘not like them’. Louisiana has been hurting far too long. There just aren’t enough JUDICIAL JUNKETS, hunting trips, carnival balls, college scholarship, law clerk positions, and other gratifying things to be obtained which can allow people to escape their consciences. There was a time when I cited that article. Now to me, you are an example of a person who sees the bridge is out, but you stand and direct traffic right to the place where people fall to their peril. Here’s your wonderful article: Continue reading “Guest Opinion: Law & Grace calls for Judicial Reform in response to the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous”

No music but here’s Porteous’ Motion listing those he wants available to sing for the Senate

Following the brief overview of Senate Prepares for Trial of Federal Judge from Law.com via the ABA Law Journal, you will find the Porteous’ Motion for Authority to Issue or, Alternatively, Assistance in Issuing, Deposition Subpoenas and Request for Expedited Consideration that I posted on Scribd after receiving a copy from Sop.

One of the nation’s least used courts is opening for business.

Next week, a special U.S. Senate committee is scheduled to begin the impeachment trial of G. Thomas Porteous Jr. The rarely held proceeding will determine the future of the New Orleans federal district judge who is accused of decades of corruption, including an alleged kickback scheme with a law firm…

The case against Porteous was more than two years in the making, delayed by the impeachment of another judge and by client conflicts among the lawyers. It will present some unusual questions for the senators who serve as judges and jurors, including whether a judge can be removed for conduct that occurred before he took the bench…

Lawyers for Porteous, 63, say he’s done nothing that would justify his removal from office. The allegations are either exaggerated or taken out of context, they argue. They also say that Porteous intends to retire next year. He would get no pension if the Senate removes him.

Continue reading “No music but here’s Porteous’ Motion listing those he wants available to sing for the Senate”