I personally think it is highly inappropriate….

That the flag at the Harrison County Courthouse was lowered to half staff today to honor a crook.

I’m not much on speaking ill of the deceased but I’m certainly not much on honoring a politician that stole tax money for a decade in the same way that heroes that died in the line of duty for our country are honored. Whoever made that decision is clearly not thinking straight.

Meantime we have this breaking news out of Jackson.

Harrison payments to Health Assurance match dates cited in Martin indictment. Coincidence? ~ Jackson Jambalaya

Mississippi Miscellany: Singing River Health System desperate to get Chancellor Harris off the case plus all hell is breaking loose

Before I get started with some links how about a nice picture from yesterday’s retiree protest at Ocean Springs Hospital:

Image courtesy of a reader | 2-26-15 SRHS Retiree Ocean Springs Hospital Protest
Image courtesy of a reader | 2-26-15 SRHS Retiree Ocean Springs Hospital Protest

It appears the lawyers representing the pension plan, finding no joy on their manufactured recusal motion here on the coast expects the State Supreme Court to stop next weeks hearings on the retiree suits:

SRHS wants hearings stopped in pension cases ~ Anita Lee

They are doing this to avoid having to produce documents that would help everyone get to the bottom of things. You wonder what kind of skeletons are buried in those docs as I am reminded of something I wrote last month:

By their actions SRHS has demonstrated a preference for keeping a law firm with major conflict questions involved in the pension litigation and using that firm’s support of Judge Harris’ opponent in last year’s election as a lever to force Harris off the case. The heart of the Harris recusal motion is predicated on that fact. Remove Dogan & Wilkerson from the equation and the Harris recusal motion they filed goes up in smoke. Simply put, the powers running SRHS must fear Judge Neil Harris more than they do their own legal conflicts. The implications of that fact are stunning and foretell a tale of major muck still being hidden.

Once those documents are produced, my prediction is the SRHS pension plan’s law firm, Dogan and Wilkinson will not be long remaining on the case.

Next up:

Jackson County, SRHS leaders to get together over finances, pension

So now we have Jackson County spending big money on the Laporte CPA firm while SRHS spends big money on their own actuary.  The price of getting religion at SRHS sure is steep folks.

In other news the fallout from Supervisor William Martin’s indictment and suicide continues.  I have been told by sources in Jackson that the Martin indictment is related to the MDOC corruption probe.  The timing of former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps guilty plea and the Martin indictment are not coincidental in my opinion.

And this brings me to the continuing HCUA/Sean Anthony corruption investigation Continue reading “Mississippi Miscellany: Singing River Health System desperate to get Chancellor Harris off the case plus all hell is breaking loose”

Thuggery that strikes at the heart of the criminal justice system…..

Anyone that has not seen the following should take the time to click the links that follow to see what “Just Us” justice entails. First I start with local criminal defense attorney Chris Mordock via twitter:

Charges crumble after cell phone video uncovered ~ Mike Perlstein

If slapping trumped up charges against the process server was not enough, how about instilling fear and intimidation into the heart of the next process server serving legal papers related to the first case above:

Another process server claims intimidation by Tammany DA’s office ~ Sara Pagones

Even worse, one of the alleged perpetrators in both incidents, Julie Knight is still on the job there in the St Tammany DA office prosecuting cases. It is frankly disgusting.

In other news it appears the FBI has looked at the cell phone video of JPSO Detective Nicholas Breaux stomping a defenseless teenager at Mardi Gras. It also appears they must not agree with Sheriff’s police report which contends the teenager was choking Breaux, who moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter when he is not stomping defenseless teenagers for Sheriff Newell Normand.

FBI confirms formal investigation into case of Jefferson Parish deputy repeatedly punching high school student in face ~ Jim Mustian

I think most everyone understands that sometimes people in law enforcement have a bad day on occasion and that some folks simply do not have a temperament for the trade. The problem lies in the attempted coverup.

Something tells me we have not heard the last of these cases.