Something starts to emerge from these reports: the River Birch pits are very, very bad. We’ve seen the possibility of it in the WBV-14b.2 reports above, we’ve seen it mentioned definitely in the WBV-14a.2 reports – also above – and we’ve seen it mentioned in the WBV-14c.2 reports earlier. Now it shows up in the most recent inspection report from project WBV-14e.2.
So the abiding question these days in journalistic circles, as planted by Team River Birch via lawyer/Gambit guy Clancy Dubos, is how could the payments to Mouton be a bribe if the payments they made to him began well before Mouton held an official position with the State of Louisiana during the Foster Administration? The answer is pretty simple, such question is artfully framed incorrectly. The answer you get often depends on the question so if you ask the wrong question you’ll get a framed answer. Lawyers like Dubos or Slabbed’s original cyber bitch David Rossmiller are skilled at such sophistry.
Paul Rioux reports “Concrete Busters of Louisiana, whose disposal bid was rejected in favor of River Birch’s, filed the suit against River Birch late Friday in New Orleans Civil District Court” .
The River Birch landfill allegedly engaged in unfair trade practices by colluding with former Jefferson Parish officials to obtain a controversial $160 million garbage-disposal contract, according to a lawsuit filed by a River Birch rival…
The firm is seeking reimbursement for more than $7.5 million in lost profits as well as attorney fees and expenses to prepare its rejected proposal.
The 28-page suit accuses former Parish President Aaron Broussard’s administration of rigging the selection process that resulted in the 25-year River Birch contract, which is under federal investigation and has yet to be enacted.
River Birch spokesman Glenn Smith declined to comment. He has previously denied any suggestion of collusion, saying River Birch “had nothing to do with the pace or timing of the process.”
Gordon Russell has the skinny for the Times Picayune. It seems the Old Gentilly Landfill connection to the River Birch saga is beginning to manifest itself. We’ll see if the whore hopping V man, Diaper David Vitter’s name pops up down the line on this general topic.
This could well be the evidence of another crime Team Letten referred to earlier in a pleading before Judge Ginger on the River Birch search saga.
This is not a good sign for Teams Ward/Heebe IMHO as I have little doubt who was making the payoffs.
Another politician that is likely keeping a very concerned eye on these events, especially the prospect of low-level crooks like Mouton turning state’s evidence is John Alario.
Lordy, lordy, Judge Ginger ordered Heebe to send Nowdy a Valentine – not really but sorta!
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs provide the Court with a floor plan of the third floor of 2000 Belle Chase Highway by Monday, February 14, 2011 by 10:00 a.m. ♥ If the Government has a floor plan of the third floor of 2000 Belle Chase Highway, it shall also provide a copy to the Court by Monday, February 14, 2011 by 10:00 a.m.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Government provide a detailed inventory of what it seized from the premises of 2000 Belle Chasse Highway. That inventory shall indicate what was seized, from where it was seized, and on what basis the Government concluded that the seized material was related to River Birch, Inc. It shall also indicate which items have already been returned to Plaintiffs. This inventory shall be submitted in the record by Monday, February 14, 2011 by 10:00 a.m.
After reviewing the Government’s inventory Plaintiffs shall submit a memorandum regarding what seized items they believe should be returned pursuant to this Court’s previous Order by Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by 12:00 p.m.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Government provide the Court with a status update of the review of allegedly privileged documents seized from the third floor of 2000 Belle Chase Highway by Monday, February 14, 2011 by 10:00 a.m.
She also order Heebe-Ward-River Birch to submit to an IQ test – again, not really but sorta. I mean just how smart would these folks be to use the Government’s inventory as a shopping list – like, well, “give us back that evidence showing we…”
The rest of Judge Berrigan’s Order might have been written by the Queen of Hearts:
Yeah, it’s a slow news day on the slab – probably, better stated as quiet before the next news storm. However, it’s a good day to pick up the thought I dropped while covering the birchers so-called volley in the “Tournament of Trash“:
Is the average mailbox in Jefferson Parish large enough to hold a poster?
Unlike our Twice Right AG, I’ve been (ahem) twice wrong – the two River Birch epistles-to-the-voters of Jefferson Parish were not printed on an 5.5″x8.5″ card, as I guessed.
Instead, both were unfolded, full-size 8.5″x11″ posters – in other words, larger than a residential mailbox meeting USPS standards!
Curb-size boxes are a standard 8.75″H x 6.5″W
Mail slots are a standard 2.25″H x 7.25″W
The standard size of a unit in the multi-unit mailbox found at most residential apartment complexes is 5″H x 4″W – the same width of typical black metal residential mailbox by my front door.
Oops! IMO, the size issue means the only certain result of the birchers’ effort to trash Waste Management was more trash for Waste Management to pick up!
Interesting. Although it’s never “safe” to make assumptions, in this case, it’s safe to assume the physical space was well-suited for a blended operation. Compliance with federally established exit requirements would be particularly important to a bank – and further weaken the Heebe-River Birch argument.
Exit routes must be permanent parts of the workplace. (think the white metal door in the “executive office”)
Exit stairs that continue beyond the level on which the exit discharge is located must be interrupted at that level by doors (another door beyond the white metal door in the “executive office)
Side-hinged exit doors must be used to connect rooms to exit routes…[and]…swing out in the direction of exit travel (the open dark finished door leading into the “executive office with a modular workspace clearly evident on the other side) OHSA Fact Sheet: Exits
According to Rioux’s story, Berrigan responded to a reporter’s question saying only that she “saw a lot of interesting things” – but, what she didn’t see should have been of even greater interest:
River Birch attorneys asked Berrigan to take note of the building directory at the main entrance listing the seven firms with offices on the third floor. The federal agent in charge of the raid has said he didn’t see the directory, but the firm contends it is clearly visible to anyone who uses the entrance.
Meanwhile, the government asked Berrigan to focus on the lack of “separate, independent, identifying labels or placards” for the various businesses sharing common office space.
After downloading a few more parts of Exhibit A to the Government’s “tour guide” of the River Birch offices, I’m amazed the search team left with only 25 boxes of files. The “wall of files” in the photograph below was clearly visible to anyone “entering the office suites” after stepping off the elevator to the building’s third floor:
The Heebe-River Birch plaintiffs claim the “numerous boxes labeled ‘scanned leases’…[are]…an immediate indication of the presence of Shadowlake Management”, in other words, a different company from River Birch. Not so, says SLABBED and every parent with teenage children! Labeled boxes are an “immediate indication” of – drumroll – labeled boxes!
However, the search team didn’t enter from the lobby. The government’s “tour guide” noted “Special Agent Bezet stated in his Affidavit that he…used the stairway to the third floor…and photographs…were taken contemporaneously with the search”. If so, by the time Bezet reached the wall of files and labeled boxes pictured above (photograph #131), he’d seen: