Catching up on the ironing – Operation Wrinkled Robe and the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous

The “good news” is Sop “saved the day” – actually, he “saved” and published my “Say not” post after my computer locked yesterday.  The “bad news” is that my post was missing a link – literally and figuratively!

“Missing links”  appear to be the hallmark of the impeachable conduct of Judge Thomas Porteous –  many, no doubt,  hidden beneath the wrinkles in his robe .

In the interest of “catching up on the ironing”, I’ll first set up the board; i.e., a chronology of events relative to the impeachment charges against Porteous:

He was a judge on the 24th Judicial District Court of Louisiana from 1984 to 1994…nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana… and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994… In 2001, Porteous filed for bankruptcy, which led to revelations in the press about his private life, specifically the fact that he was alleged to have had close ties with local bail bond magnate Louis Marcotte III, at the center of a corruption probe, which has more recently led to his being the subject of investigation himself by federal investigators. In May 2006, Porteous, beset by the recent loss of his home due to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and the death of his wife a few months later, and still under investigation by a federal grand jury, was granted temporary medical leave and began a year-long furlough from the federal bench.

“On June 18, 2008 the Judicial Conference of the United States transmitted a certificate[8] to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing the Conference’s determination that consideration of impeachment of Porteous might be warranted” and, on March 11, 2010, the House passed a four-article Resolution of Impeachment.

The outrage over Porteous’ current effort to “game the system”, defeat the impeachment charges and return to the bench is due in part to his past success in “gaming the system” as stated in Continue reading “Catching up on the ironing – Operation Wrinkled Robe and the Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous”

Say not – delay in Porteous’ Impeachment Trial exposes other “wrinkles”

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””

Amazing "Grace" leads us home to "Porteous, his secretary and various New Orleans judicial miscreant activities"

Federal Judge Thomas Porteous, his secretary, and various New Orleans judicial miscreant activities is reproduced in total with a tip of the SLABBED hat to Law and Grace:

U.S. Atty. Jim Letten, must be proud of doctoring the facts and evidence from the “Operation Wrinkled Robe” / Gretna Louisiana Courthouse / Bail Bonds Unlimited scandals which concealed Judge Thomas Porteous, preventing Porteous from the same fate as his former judges, sheriffs, and other affiliates who went to jail. Diligence in doctoring the “Operation Wrinkled Robe” facts, prior to sending them to the FEDS in Washington also helped Porteous’ secretary, as Porteous went on to become a federal judge, continue his illegal activities; and now his handsome salary despite being evicted from his federal bench. Even more appalling is the fact that all these years, Porteous had been destroying certain peoples’ lives and ruining businesses. I have no doubt that U. S. Senator David Vitter is happy that –in reward for covering for Vitter and the other “Johns” involved in the Canal Street Brothel– Vitter secured U.S. Atty Letten’s placement at the New Orleans location INjustice Department. As it pertains to Porteous’ secretary who apparently thought she should continue being employed as ?somebody’s federal secretary? and she filed a lawsuit to get her job. One would think that she would see a problem with the fact that she helped Porteous to abuse litigants, or maybe this revelation: “Secretary for federal judge Thomas Porteous paid his gambling debts” http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/judges_secretary_paid_his_bill.html

It is a loathsome reality how the New Orleans ‘INjustice’ Department untiringly, repeatedly conceals horrific New Orleans federal court judicial abuses. Continue reading “Amazing "Grace" leads us home to "Porteous, his secretary and various New Orleans judicial miscreant activities"”

Putting in the fix and giving them the Feldman Part 2: Slabbed explores the seemingly foreign concept of recusal in the Louisiana Eastern District Federal Courts as we tie a few more things together.

Subsection 455(b)(4) requires disqualification where a judge “knows that he, individually or as a fiduciary, or his spouse or minor child residing in his household, has a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the proceeding, or any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.” Section 455(d)(4) defines “financial interest” for the purposes of section 455(b), and provides specific exemptions, such as investment in a mutual fund or ownership of government securities. Note that, apart from such exemptions, even the smallest financial interest (e.g., ownership of a single share of stock) requires recusal. It is a judge’s duty to keep abreast of all of his or her financial interests.

Te above text from Recusal: Analysis of Case Law Under 28 U.S.C. §§ 455 & 144 found at the Federal Judicial Center has provided us with a treasure trove of information. As is often the case what appear to be unrelated events in Louisiana there are often common roots.  My research on the landmark recusal case I cited yesterday on Jim Brown’s Common Sense, Liljeberg v Health Services Acquisition Corporation led to this post which is also one heck of a story, one that will bring us from that case in the 1980s to the current impeachment of disgraced Louisiana Eastern District Court Federal Judge Tom Porteous and several points in between.

We need to catch our readers up to a key concept that we’ve highlighted several times here on Slabbed in the concept of control in politics and the judiciary. Many times those that run for office or nominated for judgeships are mere lackeys for monied interests. A very wealthy South Mississippian that is well respected in the business community told me something long ago that introduced me to the concept:

Some people want money. Some people want the power. I always wanted money because money rents power. Continue reading “Putting in the fix and giving them the Feldman Part 2: Slabbed explores the seemingly foreign concept of recusal in the Louisiana Eastern District Federal Courts as we tie a few more things together.”

Times Picayune endorses Villio’s opponent! – and, well they should, as Jefferson Parish is “Where entanglements are status quo”

The Times Picayune endorsed Don Klotz for the 24th Judicial District Court position sought by Jefferson Parish insider Debbio Villio.

Mr. Klotz is a career military man, having served six years in the U.S. Air Force, and continues to serve in the Army Reserves. He holds a juris doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law. While he is currently an attorney in private practice, most of his experience has been gleaned in the military courts, where he served as a prosecutor and as defense counsel. The winner of this special election will fill a vacancy created last fall when the state Supreme Court removed Joan Benge from office for making a ruling in a civil case on issues other than the evidence. The 24th Judicial District is still recovering from the federal Operation Wrinkled Robe investigation that sent two judges to federal prison. Authorities said that Ms. Benge’s misconduct was uncovered during that probe. That’s why it is imperative that the division’s newest jurist be beyond reproach. We believe that Mr. Klotz is the best candidate for this job.

Although speaking of Jefferson Parish in general, TP columnist James Gill made the point in Where entanglements are status quo: ‘It is only natural, in the sleazy network of Jefferson Parish officialdom, that seemingly unrelated scandals should turn out to overlap.” Continue reading “Times Picayune endorses Villio’s opponent! – and, well they should, as Jefferson Parish is “Where entanglements are status quo””

House Judiciary Task Force issues Articles of Impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous – next step full Committee vote UPDATED

The Articles of Impeachment were issued following a meeting of a Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee (see: Memorandum). Yesterday’s Times Picayune reported on the pending action.  UPDATE UPDATE: Title revised to more accurately reflect today’s events; link to related story in Times Picayune added.