Conducting the peoples business in the shadows: JEDCO case illustrates how business is conducted in Jefferson Parish
That’s right folks, in proverbial smoke filled rooms paid for by the taxpayers but for which serve the self interest of the politically connected. I mention this because Paul Purpura has the skinny on Judge Glenn Ansardi blowing a bunch of smoke about whether private citizens using public accommodation such as email servers to conduct private and potentially illegal activities is somehow exempt from the Louisiana Public Records Statute. It is the biggest bunch of BS I’ve heard in quite some time outta the Gretna Courthouse, now nationally infamous in the aftermath of Operation Wrinkled Robe and the Impeachment of Tom Porteous as one of the worst cesspools of corruption in the country.
Worth noting is Fred Heebe’s legal team is representing Henry Shane trying to keep these specious communications secret, while simultaneously suing multiple people associated with the Heebe prosecution for defamation just one Parish over. What the public will find are that the two most abusive Jefferson Parish School Board members, Pat Tovrea and Michael Delesdernier are Henry Shane tools who used JEDCO to push their campaigns for office according to sources speaking with Slabbed on the condition of anonymity.
Not mentioned by Paul is the fact that some of those 9000 apartments and at least one Shane condominium are here on the coast so if he is buying politicians in Louisiana it is a safe bet he’ll export the model here as well. It should be lost on no one that when these self interested misers are done screwing up their communities in Louisiana they inevitably end up over here on the coast because no one wants to live in the cesspool, not even the ones that created and financially benefited from it.
Now Paul did something I was asked not to do several months ago and he threw a nice hat tip to the gang up on 7 at the Yenni Building so I sense opportunity:
Broach initially sought the e-mails from JEDCO. After JEDCO declined, Broach sought them through the parish and filed a public records request with the parish attorney’s office. Assistant Parish Attorney Kenneth Krobert concluded the e-mails were releasable but gave anyone else with interest time to object. That’s when Shane intervened.
I’ll add Ken is one heckuva nice guy and a consummate professional possessive of a temperament well matched to the trade. He is a Kenner guy made good that is well respected by the Slabbed legal team and this despite the fact he came from an insurance defense firm. He was kind enough to share some of those older experiences with me which was nice as Slabbed’s initial focus was the post Katrina policyholder court battles with insurance companies. In return the gang got to see life through the eyes of a new media guy on a mission.
To set things up, back in the day when Slabbed was covering the turmoil inside the Young Administration involving Richard Hart and Heather Hilliard I made some snarky remark that went something along the lines of when Travers Mackel or Lee Zurik leaves the Yenni Building people notice while I slip in and out without anyone knowing. One of those days last Summer when I was box diving on 7 in a windowless conference room, my smart phone began going crazy with emails and texts telling me Lee Zurik was in the Parking lot. I looked at my phone and announced to the room, “Lee Zurik is in the parking lot.” The looks I got from the peeps on 7 were priceless. I continued “This place has more leaks than a colander.”
As for Goatherder Judge Ansardi, my prediction is the media best ready an appeal brief because the 24th JDC couldn’t try a public records case straight if their lives depended on it, especially when it involves the politically connected.