She’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle: Judge Ginger

Few federal Judges in the Louisiana Eastern District captivate the Slabbed Nation moreso than Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan. We’d discuss Judge Ginger internally back during our insurance litigation blogging days and Nowdy would always default to lawyers with ACLU pedigrees being “a different breed of cat”. Whatever it was we thought Judge Ginger was the pits handling insurance cases.

We’ve followed her since, including Fred Heebe being Judge Ginger’s docent on her tour of the River Birch Headquarters, which was raided by the FBI. And despite the fact Fred Heebe’s dad is still a very senior Federal Judge there at the Federal Courthouse in New Orleans Judge Ginger stood alone in refusing to recuse herself from matters involving Heebe’s son Fred Jr.

I’ve come to believe being a Federal Judge in New Orleans is a glamor job with the national news making potential and of late Judge Ginger has done that handling Jonathan Vilma’s defamation suit against NFL Commish Roger Goodell. Luckily for the Slabbed Nation our legal consultants are literally cream of the crop and when one of the gang that is very measured in commenting offline goes on a rant then we’ll compare and contrast Judge Ginger in Vilma v Goodell and USA v Fazzio / USA v Titus to get the insights of a keen legal mind:

These cases before Berrigan almost look identical in the handling of critical legal issues (you know, the ones that judges should handle):

In Vilma’s case I think it is an accepted belief that she will not, and cannot, do anything on this issue to resolve the matter.  Certainly there will be no trial on the merits.  But her practice seems to be, lets give the party their day in court to air out their grievance, then sit on it indefinitely.  She gave Vilma a “I really would like to rule in your favor, but…..” comment, then ….. did nothing, hoping it clears up on its own.

So along comes this Titus debacle: Continue reading “She’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle: Judge Ginger”

Wednesday afternoon quick hits

Many of you folks know yesterday’s post on Tim Whitmer trying to get the ol’ Felony Waiver from the Louisiana DOI made yesterday evening.  I thought the link was nice.

Along those lines we’ve picked up a fan at Firedoglake and were linked in yesterday’s news roundup.  I thought that was nice too.

Judge Ginger granted Team Fazzio’s motion for an evidentiary hearing related to alleged prosecutorial misconduct in his and his brother in law Mark Titus’ prosecutions.  For Titus this would be round 2.  Round 1 before Judge Lemelle did not go so well despite the fact Ed Garner, owner of Garner Services, spoke up on Titus’ behalf.  Manuel Torres has all the skinny on the latest developments including some decent legal analysis over at

Speaking of Mark Titus, he stopped in with us over the weekend to tell his side of things for those so interested.  I do not think his lawyers liked him speaking out so I doubt he’ll be giving us any further insights.  In any event I suspect Judge Ginger’s upcoming hearing will be well attended.

Tim Whitmer ain’t the only corrupt former Jefferson Parish political nabob still in the insurance biz no siree

It’s just that Tim Coulon had the sense to high tail it to Jim Letten’s office to spill his guts according to Gambitman.  How many sleazy former politicians went to work for Adams and Reese or still have progeny there slopping at the taxpayer trough?  I can think of 5 without trying hard. Click the pic to get the 14 page PDF.

Aaron Broussard and Tom Wilkinson coming to a small screen near you…..

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Slabbed Exclusive: Self Admitted Felon Tim Whitmer goes for a Felony exemption to maintain insurance license

And with a clown from the Jefferson Parish Political Cesspool impersonating a state insurance commissioner it may just happen folks. Click the pic to get the entire 24 page PDF Slabbed obtained via PRR.

Mainly because she was losing badly: Julie Quinn quits the District D 24th JDC race

Less than a few weeks before the election no less! Paul Purpura over at NOLA Media Group has all the skinny (Hat Tip Patricia on twitter.) It seems as though it was just yesterday “Scott Free” was joining all the other area district attorneys extolling Quinn’s virtues. Times flies because it was actually 29 days ago.

While Quinn’s withdrawl is good news for the public it also means security must be doubled, perhaps tripled around Jefferson Parish Prez John Young, upon whom Quinn sometimes predates.

With his new work on the home elevation boondoggle one wonders if we should keep an eye peeled on Hammerman over at WWLTeeVee.

Zip It: Skeeting lawyer settles the case of the doughnut glazed dress

Well folks, former Judy Barasso staff attorney Keith Magness can honestly say he left it all on the desk at his former employer. Paul Purpura has the skinny on the latest developments in the case of the skeeting lawyer as the civil suit has been settled. Never a dull moment on the Slabb.

Ship for Brains Part Trois: Mayberry on 14th Street???

To Hazard Mitigate or not? This is today’s question.

Port’s executive director resigns

I personally took this as a bad sign because I think Allee “got it” after Katrina. And what did he get? Mainly that monster Hurricanes hit the northern Gulf Coast, specifically the Mississippi Gulf Coast on roughly 40 year cycles or just long enough for what I’ll term institutional memory of the previous monster storm to fade. Anita Lee over at the Sun Herald covered this part of the Hazard Mitigation equation way back in July, 2009. A quick quote from that old story before we get to more current links on the mismanagement over at the State Port at Gulfport (website badly out of date):

As a result, Katrina hurtled containers, trailers and paper rolls into the neighborhoods of West Gulfport and East Long Beach. They heightened the terror of residents who remained in their homes, equally unprepared for the storm’s savagery. Essentially, containers that weigh 3 1/2 tons empty to more than 26 tons loaded, along with 5,400-pound paper rolls, pounded like battering rams against structures already compromised by wind and water. Continue reading “Ship for Brains Part Trois: Mayberry on 14th Street???”

The case of the extorting Tranny plows forward: Motion for protective order deferred.

What can I say folks except interest in the subject of the NOLA JD Mystery John and the extorting Tranny continues to be intense.  Our readers may remember the NOLA JD Mystery John went for a protective order but so far Judge Rodriguez isn’t buying in.  As the docket below indicates Lewis is fighting the charges.

If any of you are wondering why I’m still calling the JD Mystery John a mystery it is because I am being nice. Those of you that are still trying to figure it out…….well, keep trying. 😉