One is heartbreaking, about a judge (now a Supreme Court Justice) trying to fix a child custody case and place a kid back in a home with the man that burned the living hell out of him in the bathtub so the guy the judge was dating at the time could notch a win for his client. The Advocate told that story on Sunday and it represents yet another example of why Louisiana’s judiciary has such a terrible reputation nationwide.
There is also no doubt a story behind the story. Normally such dirt surfaces during an election campaign rather than one year after the guy wins a new 10 year term. That back story is one I’d sure like to know. The news cycle from days gone by gives us a small clue that the tips could have come from one of his colleagues given that he sued several of them in Federal Court trying to force his way onto a case involving litigants that contributed heavily to his campaign . The Louisiana Supreme Court generally does not air its dirty laundry in public so there is no telling how the gang is getting along after Hughes v Johnson.
Either way Judge Jefferson Davis Hughes doesn’t seem much different from Justice Jefferson Davis Hughes when it comes to wanting in on cases that he has outside interests and that is not a good thing for litigants that appear before him as impartiality does not seem to be the man’s strong suit.
This time is really good. Sex with a client. Something tells me Slabbed may just get the blow by blow on this one. Those interested in Becnel’s first rodeo with the ODC should click here. I’ll note we’re having this problem in North Mississippi as well. Stay tuned.
I only bring it up since Slabbed broke this story back on June 14th well ahead of the mainstream media reporting. I’ll add I wrote that post color blind for I had no clue as to the ethnicity of any of the combatants.
Now lets put the color blinders back on and imagine politics without skin color, a place populated by mostly self-interested actors interested mainly in their own enrichment. The key is to find people who are honest and down to earth and Slabbed has pointed to people like State Rep Nick Larusso and former US Representative Gene Taylor as such examples in the past. To those examples I’d like to add State Senator Ed Murray and State Representative Karen Carter Peterson as politicians that my due diligence indicates are in the game for the right reasons. They are vastly outnumbered.
Instead the power structure in NOLA pushes corrupt retreads like “Landfill Cynthia” Williard-Lewis and Diana “Conprofit” Bajoie as the acceptable black face of politics. As such I fear there are no good guys in this Supreme Court fight as the PR push ramps up, just the self-interested.
And what a fight it is folks as associate justices Bernette Johnson, Jeanette Knoll, and Stephen Victory are in a full fledged donnybrook as to who should be the boss after Kimball retires. Click the pic to get the one page pdf:
It was subsequently discovered that the website contained false, deceptive, and misleading information about former Louisiana Governor Murphy J. “Mike” Foster, Jr., in that the website suggested or implied Governor Foster was a member of the firm, a governmental relations specialist, and a partner when in fact the former governor is not now nor has he ever been a licensed Louisiana attorney.
The website in question belongs to Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP and the employee in question is none other than former Gov Mike’s boy Murphy the Turd. Let’s skip to the end before we roll out the rest of the gang for our newer readers:
Representing the paralegal in Bayou Sorrell is Donna Grodner who recently turned in LJ Hymel and plaintiff’s counsel Lewis Unglesby for conducting an ex parte communication. The Baton Rouge Business report used comments from a defense counsel in the same litigation to imply lawyer Donna Grodner had done something illegal capturing the inside job on tape while not commenting on the propriety of the ex parte communication.
I know Ashton doesn’t care for Kitty Kimball but when it came to properly interpreting Louisiana insurance law Ms Kimball was spot on when she said, “”I’m not really interested in what the federal courts have to say about this, frankly.” I suspect she uttered that statement after Edith Jones and her GOP band of idiots on the 5th Circuit court of appeals slaughtered the Louisiana Bag opinion in a ruling that erroneously favored insurers. The Times Picayune has the AP story:
The first woman chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court suffered a stroke on Sunday and was in intensive care.