There are two stories here far as I can tell……

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.

If the story the Advocate broke does any good it will result in more transparency and accountability for a state that has previously been rated as a “judicial hellhole“. Richard Ducote, a candidate for Greg Guidry’s seat on LASC has already noted the Advocate story on his campaign Facebook page and pledged to work towards system reform. Such an attempt at reform died at this past year’s legislative session.

Normally such an unflattering story is followed by others. It will be interesting to see if anything else floats up to the surface with Hughes.

Yup (Part 22): An abbreviated history of Trout Point Lodge’s litigation/libel terrorism

Win or lose it won’t be because I didn’t fight for my constitutional rights. Click to obtain the 154 page pdf:

Perret v Handshoe Doc 20

Additional vital background can be found here.

And the little head is (again) toast! Son of self proclaimed King of Torts Daniel Becnel suspended again by the ODC.

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.

Southern Politics in Black and White: The fight at the Louisiana Supreme Court continues to make the news

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.

By now the politics of race has entered into the equation as Bernette Johnson is black while Stephen Victory is white. Politicos are coming out of the woodwork to endorse the litigant of their choice, down here the latest being the NOLA City Council joining Mayor Half Moon and a gaggle of other area pols endorsing Johnson. Given the fact people of color have historically been disenfranchised I certainly understand and am sympathetic to the sentiment, expressed today by T-P pundit Jarvis DeBerry. That said the Louisiana Supreme Court isn’t the only one altering history as DeBerry’s column ignores the back room deal that got Johnson on the court to begin with. And therein lies the larger problem, people of every race supporting crooks for office because they are a certain skin color.  Cedric Richmond in particular comes to mind as a glaring example but turning that congressional seat in NOLA “chocolate” trumped all else and that fact colored the T-P’s coverage of that election and not for the better IMHO.

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.


The fight is on to replace Kitty Kimball as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court

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:

Murphy’s law: Mike Foster’s son publicly reprimanded by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Is he really a chip off the old block?

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:

IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Murphy J. Foster, III, Louisiana Bar Roll number 5779, be publicly reprimanded. Continue reading “Murphy’s law: Mike Foster’s son publicly reprimanded by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Is he really a chip off the old block?”

Slabbed ties in the Butt Call, Bayou Sorrell Class Action Litigation with the Louisiana ODC

Chuck Plattsmier and staff, chief disciplinary counsel for the Louisiana Supreme Court

Lets link this comment on Magistrate Wilkinson and the cesspool that exists in certain judicial chambers with Sock Puppet’s comment on the Bayou Sorrell Class Action Litigation and the inside fix at the Louisiana ODC along with a very early post we did on the subject problems with the Bayou Sorrell class action litigation.

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.

Folks the corruption and dirty double-dealing knows no political boundary. With this stuff, especially the class action litigation ca$h is king. In this cesspool we clearly see what slabbed has reported for over 2 years: Just Us, not Justice. Continue reading “Slabbed ties in the Butt Call, Bayou Sorrell Class Action Litigation with the Louisiana ODC”

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball suffers stroke


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.

Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball had an ischemic stroke, underwent a successful procedure to remove the blockage and was in recovery, according to a statement from the Supreme Court that was confirmed by public information officer Valerie Willard. Continue reading “Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball suffers stroke”