Suite 106 of the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway is many things to many people……….

Including being the address for one of those famous Bobby Jindal Charter Schools.  I wonder what classes Aaron Broussard taught before he took his timeout? Given the place was raided by JPSO and the owner charged with Cocaine Distribution, I bet Red Ribbon week is a hoot!

In any event here is the bio page for the President of this institution. Click the pic to score the 306 page PDF:

OPCCRA

It’s official: Team Goatherder announces SCOTUS appeal of Manton v Strain

I reckon they plan on skipping over the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  IMHO (nonlegal), an appellate bond would be in order here to prevent a further wasting of scarce tax money.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office awarded attorney’s fees in federal lawsuit ~ Heather Nolan

Guest Post Twofer Tuesday: Bad times continue at the Legal Department of the Super 8 Motel………..

Accordingly, defendants’ Motion to Tax Attorneys’ Fees and Costs is GRANTED. Plaintiffs Manton and IFOA and their counsel of record, Daniel G. Abel and Richard J. Feldman, are jointly and severally liable to defendants in the amount of $22,382.00 in reasonable attorneys’ fees. Cf. Blanco River, LLC v. Green, 457 F. App’x 431, 434, 438-39 (5th Cir. 2012 (affirming district court’s imposition of sanctions jointly and severally on defendant and defendant’s counsel because defendant had acted in bad faith and counsel had unreasonably and vexatiously multiplied the proceedings). ~ United States District Court Judge Sarah Vance

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Press release / St Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain’s Blog

Sheriff’s Office Recoups Taxpayer Funds Spent Defending Frivolous Lawsuits

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded $22,382 in legal fees spent defending a frivolous lawsuit in federal court.

The case, brought before the United States District Court by Sherry Manton and her attorney, Daniel Abel, was essentially a rehashing of an earlier lawsuit against the Sheriff’s office by her husband, Norman Manton. (Note: several media reports related to the particulars of these cases have been published both locally and nationally – see Human Events magazine).

Both cases were dismissed by summary judgment due to the Court’s view that, in the first case, there was insufficient evidence to support any of Manton’s claims and, in the second, not only did Manton fail to establish a case on any of her claims, but also that the doctrine of res judicata applied. (The intent of res judicata is to prevent matters already litigated from being re-litigated).

In the second case, the Court also held that the plaintiffs “vexatiously multiplied the proceedings.” This standard requires “clear and convincing evidence that every facet of the litigation was patently meritless and evidence of bad faith, improper motive, or reckless disregard of the duty owed to the court.”

As a result of these findings, Judge Sarah Vance yesterday issued a ruling in favor of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and against the plaintiffs and their counsel, Daniel Abel and Richard J. Feldman.

“We are very pleased that the Sheriff’s office was able to recoup the tax payers’ money that was required to defend this frivolous lawsuit,” said Chief Deputy Brian Trainor.

Sheriff Jack Strain assured the residents of St. Tammany that he will do everything possible to prevent their tax dollars from being wasted on these types of court actions. “The Sheriff’s office cannot prevent the filing of frivolous lawsuits against our deputies. What we can control is how we respond as an agency to such filings. When our deputies are right, we will stand behind them through the entire process,” Strain said.

Friday Omnibus: Da Noose is taking it home plus Sid ‘n Dunk

For true Da Noose has taken a job with Ole Miss.

I met Michael at the Gene Taylor Town Hall meeting at Harbor Landing in Moss Point back in 2009. A young yet old school kinda journalist with a reporter’s notebook he faithfully told the story of the events that night with accuracy. The next day I sent him an email introducing myself. We’ve frequently linked his quality work ever since here at Slabbed. His presence in the local media congroovancy will be missed.

Rumors to the contrary I am not on a flight to Nova Scotia but I am otherwise pretty busy. I have a days worth on unanswered email and that delay is likely to grow. I’m a one man band folks and there is only so much of me to go around. Best thing is to shoot me a reminder sometime late next week as the info on SMPDD and the Pearl River County Tax Collector are intriguing.

Here is a twopack from Editilla over at the Ladder:

Levee board opens door to settling lawsuit ~ Jeff Adelson

Quick check? (Problems at Michael Hingle’s office??????)  Worth noting in Adelson’s piece is Garret Graves being up front and center yesterday. He was busy as he also signed up for his membership card in the Louisiana Chapter of the Slabbed Nation.  We gotta at least give Graves props for signing up. (I promise not to pester you too much, Garret.  Now about those Berms….)

Still Two Miracles Short of Sainthood ~ Grand Master Wang

If you’re not reading Wang then you’re missing out on the best Saints football coverage bar none. Speaking of the Saints, Jeffrey over at Yella Blog wields the scalpel with expert precision: Continue reading “Friday Omnibus: Da Noose is taking it home plus Sid ‘n Dunk”

Shane Gates sues Judge Richard Swartz and others for Treason as the Legal Department at the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway sinks to new lows

Brown said a new federal lawsuit would be filed, containing “new accusations.” She refused to say what they were.

“Families are destroyed because of this kind of injustice,” she said during the news conference, held at the offices of Terry King, who with his wife has waged a campaign to expose questionable spending practices at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

No Ms. Brown, our justice system is destroyed when people file frivolous lawsuits to recuse out a Judge on the eve of trial. How these yahoos get in the paper is anyone’s guess but the Advocate was suckered mightily just days ago. And new treason lawsuit Belinda Parker Brown was pumping last weekend claims Judge Swartz and a bevy of St Tammany Parish law enforcement along with Attorney General Buddy Caldwell have evidently joined in some massive conspiracy against Shane Gates. Is suing the Judge set to provide over his criminal trial in less than a week the actions of an innocent man? Maybe on Channel 4 and in John George’s world but few other places.

This one has rule 11 sanctions written all over it but don’t take my word for it. Click the pic to score the latest bit of Goatherdian spleen venting, 40 pages of legal jackassery in total. And Buddy, I feel your pain man. 😉

Gates v Schwartz Doc 1

I understand the Vandenweghe settlement has been signed, sealed and delivered

And history will note the saga of the workplace retaliation taken against whistleblower Anne Marie Vandenweghe is Slabbed’s second real time account of such events lest we forget Cori and Kerri Rigsby.  I know it certainly would not appear this way to Team Vandenweghe, but against State Farm the thugs in Jefferson Parish Government are mere pikers. Nonetheless, I’d like to congratulate the Young Administration and Team AMV for resolving this matter in the best interest of the local taxpayers.

Details of the deal are confidential and it is a safe assumption that there is a golden handcuff component because I did not hear about the finalization of the settlement, first reported on Slabbed, from anyone connected to Team Vandenweghe. Then again my sources in Jefferson Parish are second to none despite the fact I generally do not play with politicians as a general rule.

I mention all this because I intend to tell the story from my perspective of a journalist that witnessed many of the events from my perch at Slabbed real time over the past 3 plus years including the events that I think led to what became the prosecutions of Aaron Broussard, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Whitmer and Karen Parker.  I hope Nassim Taleb approves because it is truly a tale of chance mixed with epic douchebaggery that resulted in multiple felony convictions against multiple parties.

But before that happens I have one small matter in the NOLA CDC that will need to be tended to as Aaron Broussard’s former partner in the legal department of the Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway, Danny Abel has filed another defamation suit against me, Vandenweghe as well as every one of my Louisiana based attorneys in Bobby Truitt, Scott Sternberg, Brodie Glenn and Baldwin Haspel managing partner Paul Vance as well as the law firm itself via a screed that is essentially a recycled version of the defamation suit Abel walked away from in the LAED back in May of this year on the eve of my special motion to strike his complaint under Louisiana’s Anti SLAPP Statute. Judge Piper Griffin has been assigned the case.

Danny Abel has moved to dismiss his SLAPP suit against Slabbed

Folks tomorrow’s show cause hearing for sanctions is still on for 10:00 am in Judge Morgan’s courtroom while the hearing on the special motion to strike has been cancelled. There is a flurry of behind the scenes activity and legal has requested I not comment beyond that. I’ll likely have a press release on this topic sometime tomorrow.