Tag Archives: Robert Guidry

Meantime in Louisiana nary is heard a discouraging word……..

Illinois gaming officials show Louisiana video poker mogul the door ~ Joseph Ryan, Chicago Tribune 7/20/12

Video poker protections questioned ~ Joseph Ryan, Chicago Tribune 10/6/13

But in the denial of one application, court records show the Gaming Board took issue with the criminal record of one of (Nicky) Nichols’ Illinois partners and Nichols’ association with his father-in-law, Robert Guidry, who once testified to paying bribes to land a Louisiana casino license.

The Gaming Board also said Nichols “engaged in questionable business practices related to business transactions” with Tim Whitmer, once a Louisiana parish official.

Whitmer had a deal to invest in a gambling firm co-owned by Nichols at around the same time that firm was seeking approval from Whitmer’s parish to build a truck stop casino, the Times-Picayune reported in 2009. (A parish is Louisiana’s political equivalent of a county.)

Whitmer later pleaded guilty to covering up a felony in an unrelated federal case.

Transparency, you bet – easy to see right through action of Jefferson Parish Council ~ Whitmergate comment bump

This says it all as I quote Click Jeff’s Walt Bennetti:

At the last council meeting, Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng was criticized for receiving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in a single day from a group of businesses owned by the same individuals. “I’m not going to apologize for receiving campaign contributions,” Lee-Sheng said. “I’m happy to help my contributors.

http://www.clickjefferson.com/npps/story.cfm?ID=2506

Those businesses and their owners just so happen to be in the video poker truck stop gaming business as her father was and that she is by inheritance. And one of the most repulsive sidebars to this is yet again gambling crap, is the corrupting influence of that supreme POS Bobby Guidry. It is his son-in-law, Nicky Nichols, through his Redman gaming business, that entered into contract negotiations with Whitmer and the Coulons, Tim and son Chris, for the proposed new video truck stop on HWY 90 past Westwego. A location necessitating Byron Lee’s sponsorship of a zoning change to accommodate all the ‘connected’ parties; and a Parish Council voting to exempt Redman from Code requirements in direct contravention to the opinions of the JP Planning Dept.!!! Continue reading

Drew Broach continues slogging through the Wrinkled Robe papers, examines the infamous fight between Al Copeland and Bobby Guidry.

The posts I’ve done that contained the names Al Copeland and Bobby Guidry generally end up as excellent “muckreads” here on Slabbed as the Fried Chicken King was ass deep with several wrinkled robes and Guidry with the Edwin Edwards prosecution and surfacing on Slabbed in the Perdigao saga. So along those lines Drew Broach checks in again with another installment of his FOIA based examination of the FBI files in the wrinkled robe investigation into courthouse corruption in Jefferson Parish that profiles the fist fight between Guidry and Copeland inside Morton’s steakhouse.  Broach makes a bit of a leap in his identifying Bryan White as Copeland’s “Consigliere” that contacted Team Letten to have Guidry’s probation revoked after the fight.  Guidry sure did get a sweet deal in the EWE prosecution folks.

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Illinois embraces video poker Louisiana style: Self serving politicians, crooks and organized crime is a match made in heaven….

The lede of Joseph Ryan’s Chicago Tribune story is compelling and the cast of miscreants I mean characters (or lack thereof) is stunning:

Nicky Nichols became a major player in the Louisiana world of video gambling while cutting key politicians in on the game. Now he has brought some notable business partners to his Illinois ventures: Louisiana legislators.

Folks it appears Robert Guidry is still a very busy man these days as the Guidry family’s move into emerging gaming markets in places like Pennsylvania and Illinois is well chronicled in the Joseph Ryan story linked above.  This is also a classic case study in self-serving double-dealing politicians rationalizing their greed.  You good folks up in Illinois that regularly read us (you know who you are) please visit our prior coverage of the Perdigao saga for a possible explanation why Guidry was allowed to keep his gaming license by former US Attorney Eddie Jordan in Louisiana despite the fact he testified to bribing Gov Edwin Edwards to get it. Video Poker in Louisiana is rotten to the core IMHO, a stench filled world where a corrupt and broke local sheriff can become a video poker magnet in his own right leaving the local taxpayers the legacy of his corrupt political hack daughter who is very ably filling daddy’s shoes in the criminal enterprise that is Jefferson Parish Louisiana.

I’ll add that Illinois Legislator Lou Lang from Skokie (aka Hoboken Midwest) appears to be as crooked as they come. In so many ways the marriage of crooked Louisiana and Illinois legislators is a match made in pay to play heaven.

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