After reading the 53 pages of motion, memorandum and exhibits I wondered if I wasn’t caught in some sort of bizarre spaghetti western movie time warp. Guilty pleas are extraordinarily hard to undo, even in cases where clear miscarriages of justice have occurred. Even Perry Mason can’t help things that require divine intervention.
That said if there is someone I’d love to see inside a courtroom having to answer to what he’s done it would be the former Goatherder in Chief, who I thought I heard in person taking responsibility for the crimes to which he plead before Judge Head almost one year ago to the day.
Finally I’d be remiss if I did not point out that every time his dealings with the gang at Trout Point Lodge came up, Mr. Broussard would run away like a scared grade schoolgirl, first the day after Val Bracy interviewed him in January 2010 where she nailed him on the subject and he immediately resigned his post as Parish President.
Later in September 2012, after the Government filed a motion to Introduce Intrinsic Evidence of Other crimes involving Nova Scotia Enterprises, Broussard pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with the employment of his ex-wife by the Parish. Shazam, Broussard’s Canadian dealings are like magic that way.
Speaking of Nova Scotia Enterprises, it was featured prominently by Broussard’s property managers Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret in their SLAPP suit against Fox 8 according to court filings dating to the summer and fall of 2011 that were obtained by Slabbed New Media.
Those Nova Scotia court pleadings included affidavits submitted to the court by Charles Leary from close Broussard associate Roy D’Aquila, who claimed to represent the company and its members. These sworn affidavits formed the heart of Leary and Perret’s damages claim against Fox 8 in that SLAPP suit. These affidavits also contained clear evidence that sham financial transactions were being conducted between Broussard’s property managers Leary and Perret and Nova Scotia Entreprises, a Louisiana registered LLC that was never registered to conduct business anywhere in Canada that US prosecutors identified as another Broussard bribery scheme.
Additionally a property records search conducted by Slabbed New Media in April 2011 indicated Nova Scotia Enterprises never owned anything in Canada, a fact that Broussard’s property managers would later confirm in court filings in a related SLAPP suit also filed in 2013 in Nova Scotia. D’Aquila died of a heart attack within a week of the publication of these affidavits to the Slabbed New Media website in January 2012.
Additionally, a review of Louisiana ethic disclosure reports show that Broussard never listed his ownership of River Bend Lodge at the Trout Point Resort with the Louisiana Ethics Commission on his required annual disclosure form.
By my calculation these acts of bribery and money laundering remain within the statute of limitations for prosecution and this is important for another reason that Slabbed New Media is not at liberty to disclose at this time.