I have it on the best authority that business will be picking up rather dramatically and I plan on being at ground zero when the muck begins to fly later today. Meantime we have Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joining State Auditor Stacey Pickering in an incredible display of asshatitude per Paul Hampton’s recap of Judge Schloegel’s contempt order against Pickering, Hood and company.
“General Hood curiously stated it might be very embarrassing for a chancery judge to be admonished by a federal judge should the assistant U.S. attorney charge the chancellor with obstruction of justice and contempt of a grand jury subpoena,” Schloegel wrote about the phone call. “General Hood’s hypothetical regarding criminal charges against the undersigned chancellor and other remarks reinforced General Hood’s clear intent not to seek to mitigate the contempt of his client, the auditor, and furthermore, raised questions of his own role, the role of the Attorney General’s Office and the role of the defendants and their employees in the issuance of the federal grand jury subpoena and the wrongful removal of the records from state court jurisdiction.”
It gets better because Pickering, while denying public records to the Sun Herald and coming across like a fool last December at the court hearings on the related litigation stopped woefully short in his investigation into DMR wrongdoing in favor of crushing a few lower level employees that now stand accused of padding their travel by a few hundred dollars a piece. Biloxi Blues summed it up nicely in comments:
I read again what they are charged with and it seems with so many obvious potential violations of the law these charges are so small, even if they did occur. I ask why ignore the boat(s) scam, the Harbor Landing scam, the Reynolds Front Beach property purchase and all of the other inflated real estate deals that are so obvious? I did not even mention all that went on during the oil spill cleanup. Who is being protected? Be assured certain people are. Pursuing Perkins and Larsen is nothing more than a distraction.
And that is where we stand today because I am hearing there will be a court hearing today that may determine the fate of the state defendants except Kerwin Cuevas and I absolutely plan on being there. Stay tuned.