From the Slabbed mail bag: Stop it Sop! You're making Mikey the Cook Cry!!

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney

Folks the Slabbed mailbag is the gift that keeps on giving today (besides Poldawg) as my last post on Jim Donelon and Mike Chaney aka Jimbo the Clown and Mikey the Cook has evidently hit close to home. 

I’ll freely admit the New Media is a concept that is mostly lost on career politicians and their entourage of political hacks and this despite the excellent advice dispensed by our friend Dambala at the American Zombie in early June. In any event I thought of Dambala’s post when I received this forward from our contact form: 

The fake picture with Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney with his head up his a.. is vulgar at best. Anonymous postings are cowardly – why don’t you have the guts to say Continue reading “From the Slabbed mail bag: Stop it Sop! You're making Mikey the Cook Cry!!”

Slabbed goes behind the ‘green door’ and takes a peek at the Jefferson Parish corruption hive: Adams & Reese welcome back to Slabbed

I was actually tickled that a commenter mentioned former Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale yesterday on my profile of Lafayette Insurance Company as it loosely fits with other information that has come to light in the unfolding Jefferson Parish corruption scandal. The intersection of course is the lobbying arm of law firm Adams and Reese which has a penchant for hiring crooked former pols to lobby for their big business clients. As the title implies we’ve blogged a good bit on Adams and Reese through time, especially the saga of former A&R partner Jamie Perdigao who is now in prison serving time for embezzling almost $30MM from his partners there without being caught for years. Our archival posts on this topic can be found generally here with some notable posts here, here and here

The web of relationships that fostered the cesspool that is Jefferson Parish government cuts across the legal profession, as everyone will eventually learn as some of the best lawyers both trial and corporate form the rats nest on top of the Parish treasury. This post focuses on our old friends at A&R as one of their lobbyist, former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon, has repeatedly surfaced in connection with the doubling dealing that centered around former Parish CAO Tim Whitmer and his insurance brokerage Lagniappe Industries. We’ll let Paul Murphy at WWL kick start things: 

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Federal investigators are now reviewing subpoenaed documents from the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, also known as the Superdome Commission.

They requested LSED contracts and insurance agreements from 2004 to 2008. That’s during a time when former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon served as chairman of the board and was on the payroll at Lagniappe Industries, owned by former parish Chief Administrative Officer Tim Whitmer.  Continue reading “Slabbed goes behind the ‘green door’ and takes a peek at the Jefferson Parish corruption hive: Adams & Reese welcome back to Slabbed”

Perdigao’s case goes to trial in 27 days

Got your calendar handy?  Here’s today’s docket entry in USA v Perdigao:

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr:Arraignment as to James G Perdigao (1) Count 1ss-63ss held on 10/31/2008. Defendant remanded. Pretrial Conference set for 11/13/2008 01:30 PM before Judge Eldon E. Fallon. Jury Trial set for 12/1/2008 08:30 AM before Judge Eldon E. Fallon. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (dno, ) (Entered: 11/03/2008)

At this point, he faces all 63 counts of the second superseding indictment – including the 30 he entered a guilty plea to last Friday.

With the pre-trial conference set 10 days from now, it’s a good time to mention there are a number of pending  motions before Judge Fallon.  We’ll be posting decisions as the information becomes available.

Perdigao's Puzzle – do the pieces fit?

As a “welcome back” to SLABBED reader and Saint’s Fan AKA you-can’t-trick-Rick, I’m tossing a few pieces of Perdigao’s Puzzle on the table at the Do Slab Inn and BYO Pub.

1st Piece: Unsealed – an I shaved my legs for this? moment

While some were in “jolly old…” cheering the Saints, the USA’s office was cleaning house – literally – searching for the office copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – and no more successful that I’ve been at finding my other silver earring.  I’m still looking for my earring; but the USA filed a Motion to unseal and copy that Judge Fallon granted (surely with a smile) and today I noticed this entry on the docked.

11/02/2004 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr: Bond Hearing as to James G Perdigao held on 11/2/2004. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (Attachments: # 1 Appearance Bonds) (dno, ) (Entered: 10/24/2008)

There’s a pretty big gap between what non-lawyer me expected to see as “conditions” that he violated by allegedly hacking and swapping and the conditions stated in the appearance bond posted on the docket – hence my reference to an “I shaved my legs for this?” moment.

2nd Piece: The Do Shack Inn and Internet Cafe or a secret hideaway?

Continue reading “Perdigao's Puzzle – do the pieces fit?”

Perdigao’s Puzzle – do the pieces fit?

As a “welcome back” to SLABBED reader and Saint’s Fan AKA you-can’t-trick-Rick, I’m tossing a few pieces of Perdigao’s Puzzle on the table at the Do Slab Inn and BYO Pub.

1st Piece: Unsealed – an I shaved my legs for this? moment

While some were in “jolly old…” cheering the Saints, the USA’s office was cleaning house – literally – searching for the office copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – and no more successful that I’ve been at finding my other silver earring.  I’m still looking for my earring; but the USA filed a Motion to unseal and copy that Judge Fallon granted (surely with a smile) and today I noticed this entry on the docked.

11/02/2004 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr: Bond Hearing as to James G Perdigao held on 11/2/2004. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (Attachments: # 1 Appearance Bonds) (dno, ) (Entered: 10/24/2008)

There’s a pretty big gap between what non-lawyer me expected to see as “conditions” that he violated by allegedly hacking and swapping and the conditions stated in the appearance bond posted on the docket – hence my reference to an “I shaved my legs for this?” moment.

2nd Piece: The Do Shack Inn and Internet Cafe or a secret hideaway?

Continue reading “Perdigao’s Puzzle – do the pieces fit?”

USA’s office lost copy of Perdigao’s bond – Motion to unseal, review, and copy granted

I’ve often needed a motion to continue cleaning myself – and can only imagine how eagerly the USA’s office consented to Wessel’s motion we posted yesterday.

Don’t you know there was some serious housecleaning going on in the USA’s office as they searched for a copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – hopeful, surely, there would be no need to file a Motion to Unseal Perdigao’s appearance bond and make a copy?

Currently before this Court, the government has pending a motion to revoke the bond set for defendant James G. Perdigao due to Perdigao violating several conditions of his release. See generally Rec. Doc. 160 Additionally. in light of Perdigao’s violations and the pending revocation motion, the government also anticipates filing a motion to forfeit Perdigao’s bond. The conditions for bond forfeiture, as well as the necessary language upon which the government will base its forfeiture motion, are examined in the language of appearance bond. However, the appearance bond in this matter is under seal and the government cannot locate its copy…

It is therefore necessary for the government to review a copy of Perdigao’s sealed appearance bond. Additionally, if such language is provided in Perdigao’s bond, such documentation will be needed to lay the foundation for the government’s bond forfeiture motion.

Here’s a copy of Judge Fallon’s Order granting the motion.

USA's office lost copy of Perdigao's bond – Motion to unseal, review, and copy granted

I’ve often needed a motion to continue cleaning myself – and can only imagine how eagerly the USA’s office consented to Wessel’s motion we posted yesterday.

Don’t you know there was some serious housecleaning going on in the USA’s office as they searched for a copy of Perdigao’s appearance bond – hopeful, surely, there would be no need to file a Motion to Unseal Perdigao’s appearance bond and make a copy?

Currently before this Court, the government has pending a motion to revoke the bond set for defendant James G. Perdigao due to Perdigao violating several conditions of his release. See generally Rec. Doc. 160 Additionally. in light of Perdigao’s violations and the pending revocation motion, the government also anticipates filing a motion to forfeit Perdigao’s bond. The conditions for bond forfeiture, as well as the necessary language upon which the government will base its forfeiture motion, are examined in the language of appearance bond. However, the appearance bond in this matter is under seal and the government cannot locate its copy…

It is therefore necessary for the government to review a copy of Perdigao’s sealed appearance bond. Additionally, if such language is provided in Perdigao’s bond, such documentation will be needed to lay the foundation for the government’s bond forfeiture motion.

Here’s a copy of Judge Fallon’s Order granting the motion.

Judge Moore issues order granting Perdigao’s motion to continue

Since yesterday’s update mentioned Perdigao’s motion to continue was unopposed, Judge Moore’s Order is not “breaking news” in this newly filed case – but it’s linked for your review and here’s the information from the docket.

ORDER granting Motion to Continue as to James G Perdigao (1). Bond Revocation Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Detention Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Preliminary Examination continued to 10/31/2008 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr on 10/20/08. (gec, ) (Entered: 10/21/2008)

Judge Moore issues order granting Perdigao's motion to continue

Since yesterday’s update mentioned Perdigao’s motion to continue was unopposed, Judge Moore’s Order is not “breaking news” in this newly filed case – but it’s linked for your review and here’s the information from the docket.

ORDER granting Motion to Continue as to James G Perdigao (1). Bond Revocation Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Detention Hearing continued to 10/27/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Preliminary Examination continued to 10/31/2008 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr on 10/20/08. (gec, ) (Entered: 10/21/2008)

Perdiago Update – Detention hearing continued

A brief update on Perdigao with the four items from the separate docket for new charge, computer fraud:

Complaint signed by Magistrate Judge Moore

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr:

Initial Appearance as to James G Perdigao held on 10/16/2008. Appearance entered by William F. Wessel for James G Perdigao. Defendant remanded. Detention Hearing set for 10/20/2008 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. Preliminary Examination set for 10/24/2008 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Louis Moore Jr.. (Court Reporter Magistrate Clerical.) (gec, ) (Entered: 10/17/2008)

Order for Medical Examination
It seems Perdiago’s recent bad luck includes a case of poison ivy.

Ex Parte/Consent Motion for Continuation filed by William Wessel, Perdigao’s attorney
The unopposed motion asks to continue the detention hearing and Motion to Revoke Bond until October 27 and the hearing in the criminal case set for the 24th until the 31st.