Posts Tagged ‘Ray Nagin’
After all the shit my colleague Jason Berry took from Ray Nagin and his goons for exposing their misdeeds a few years ago I know he is having fun today. Click here folks and turn the volume up high.
In other news if you are too tired to stay up and watch the 9PM Fox 8 newscast fret not because you can read the website they are ripping off on the Wiser Foundation anytime you like.
If I may be so bold as to suggest those wanting perspective on Heebe’s internet commenter witch hunt….
You should click here because the harassment first became manifest when former NOLA City Attorney Bob Ellis threatened Jason Berry at American Zombie with a SLAPP suit.
Less than one year later Interim parish Prez Steve TheRiot sued the blogosphere conducting a witch hunt for certain online critics. Slabbed was mentioned in TheRiot’s suit in a clear shot across our bow.
And then there are the SLAPP suits from Canada, well covered here on Slabbed.
The dots are all out there folks, they just need connecting.
So now that Dominick “Big D” Fazzio’s brother in law Mark Titus has gone down in flames left to prepare for his upcoming trial with Big D from the pokey the newest defendant in the various alleged Fazzio criminal schemes, Hendrikus “Hank” Ton has copped a plea and agreed to testify against Fazzio, whose legal plight was well summarized by his attorney Buddy Lemann as quoted by Nola Media Group’s Manuel Torres:
“The guy who saved himself more than $3.5 million faces no more than 10 years,” Lemann said, referring to Ton’s maximum possible prison sentence. “But my client, the guy who simply filed the tax returns for fees that totaled no more than $15,000, faces 50 years. It’s absurd.”
Far from absurd this is the reality that is facing Fazzio and with Ton as a witness against him things are looking bad in Big D. And with the federal grand jury closing in on Ray Ray the Chocolate Guy things are heating up as the cross hairs center on River Birch Landfill.
Gordon Russell has ths skinny for the TP.
Today the T-P’s Hammerman and Gordon Russell delve in-depth into Ray Nagin’s involvement with Stone Age, his granite counter top side biz that is now the focus of the Federal Grand Jury investigation into post Katrina corruption in metro NOLA. This is a telling snippet IMHO:
Nagin formed Stone Age in January 2005. But it wasn’t until April 2007 that Stone Age applied for a home improvement license, which all contractors must get from the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors to perform more than $7,500 of work.
The original partnership included Nagin; his son, Jeremy; and Tarikh Duckworth, one of Nagin’s nephews.
The TP noted in its first story about the grand jury investigation that the feds are looking into “three parallel tracks” against Nagin, who campaigned as a crusading reformer in 2002. According to the newspaper, one track involves city tech vendors who provided Nagin with luxury travel and home maintenance; another concerns the Nagin family’s countertop business and its exclusive deal with Home Depot; and a third involves suspicions that the countertop biz got free equipment and materials from city vendors.
Add to that list the City Hall email scandal. Computer records of Nagin’s schedule and emails disappeared — right after WWL-TV asked for them in a public records request. It is a federal crime to tamper with public computers, and if the tampering is done to conceal a crime, we’re talking obstruction of justice. Read the rest of this entry »
And the Hammerman concludes Ray Nagin was pretty stupid but he included this exchange involving Jackson based lawyer Danny Drake, Meffert and St. Pierre in his story on what Nagin knew and when he knew it:
In emails discussing the letter to the mayor with Meffert and their lawyer, Danny Drake, it didn’t appear that St. Pierre was trying to inform the mayor. It really came from Meffert, who suggested there was another reason to write it.
“Ok, this is my final proposed letter, this might help while still protecting all of us and without boxing us in,” Meffert wrote in an email to St. Pierre and Drake.
“OK, and just so I understand, this is a letter from me to the mayor, correct?” St. Pierre wrote back. Read the rest of this entry »
A couple of days ago we welcomed a new commenter on an older post that brought word of a Jimmy Gates story in the Jackson Clarion Ledger that is related to our and Bellesouth’s coverage of the arrest of Oxford lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland. Hatfield later was kind enough to share the hyperlink to Jimmy’s story. The short version is Team Freeland has done some medicare/medicare fraud criminal defense work winning a notable trial last year in Hattiesburg. A short while ago they lost a similar case in Jackson and the Doc in question in that case, Cassandra Faye Thomas is staring at a very long stretch of time in the pokey now convicted for fleecing Medicaid/Medicare to the tune of $6.9MM.
A top shelf criminal defense in complex white-collar litigation does not come cheap folks and bet Doc Cassandra had to dig very deep to hire Team Freeland. I’ll be honest and say my initial reaction was to chalk this one up to a desperate person doing anything and everything they could to avoid the pen but then I checked in with Bellesouth and my reaction to her post was HOLY CRAP! There may be a sliver of hope for Doc after all.
Next up is Hizzhonner Half Moon after I received an email and one comment on the veracity of Supasleth’s bombshell comment yesterday evening regarding Henry Mouton’s cooperation with Team Letten that included serving up Ann Duplesiss and Rene Gill Pratt. Duplesiss is a key member of Team Half-Moon and Gill Pratt is facing retrial on Dollar Bill Jefferson related corruption charges as I write this. Jason was kind enough to stop by and help us close the circle on Duplesiss. So the question is whether the assertion true or not. We have no way of knowing for sure but our search for the truth has us on a path leading us back to the tip. For our newer readers I’ll add the Sleuth has been a fairly reliable commenter here over time and Jason is certainly no slouch in that department either. Read the rest of this entry »
A fair amount has been written online about that which has been written online concerning the indictment prospects of Ray Ray the Chocolate Guy. Jason at AZ thinks Ray is next while James Gill opined Sunday that he thinks Ray Ray skates.
I think Ray Ray is going down.
Discuss ~ sop
Here is a tip for ya Mark. Don't bend over to pick up the soap. Jury finds Mark St Pierre guilty on all counts.
And as I expected St Pierre was taken into custody immediately. Hat tip ‘gate in comments with the news.
Letten still has Ray Ray the Chocolate Guy plus St Pierre’s sack of shit politician/daddy to prosecute based upon what we heard in the testimony.
Congratulations to Team Letten.
BREAKING: Mark St Pierre went after area blogger after St Pierre's shithouse deals with Meffert and the sex yacht broke on American Zombie.
I’m working on a comprehensive Mark St Pierre post but this last bit of news from the courthouse can’t wait.
We’ve visited on this general topic before but today we again find out the true price of free speech, specifically in investigative blogging as evidence reveals that Mark St. Pierre went after blogger Jason Berry at American Zombie via neighborhood canvas after Jason broke to the world news of the now infamous sex Yacht used to bribe officials with the City of New Orleans. Hammerman has the scoop:
In mid-2006, when the American Zombie blog began the questions about St. Pierre’s use of a yacht for parties for Meffert and Meffert’s access to a corporate credit card, St. Pierre had the blogger investigated. An email presented by prosecutors showed that St. Pierre found out the then-anonymous blogger’s name, Jason Berry, as well as the names of his wife and children.
“The only thing we don’t know is his address and social security number,” St. Pierre bragged to his friends via email.
We have a bit of experience with these type things here at Slabbed. I’ll add the only thing worse than a crook stealing massive amounts of tax money is a crook that has the dishonest behavior rationalized like St Pierre because they tend to do stupid ass things like run a neighborhood canvas on a Read the rest of this entry »
Its every lawyer for themselves: St Pierre trial exposes ugly underbelly of the Mississippi corporate bar.
Folks it only got worser and worser for Mark St Pierre Friday as the disintegration of the respective legal teams/witnesses into little more than a bunch of rats scurrying to find safe harbor from the storm of revelations that St Pierre spent somewhere north of $600,000 with the law firm of Baker Donelson and evidently paid for nothing of value. From the outside looking in through the lens of the T-P’s Hammerman, it is apparent there is clusterfuck in progress in Judge Fallon’s courtroom. The trick is to decipher it. We’ve mentioned them before but lets list the players:
- Greg Meffert: Greg needs no introduction. If you don’t know who he is stop reading now or start searching his name with our friend Jason Berry at American Zombie.
- Mark St Pierre: See Greg Meffert.
- Ray Ray (The Chocolate Guy) Nagin: See Mark St Pierre.
- Danny Drake: Greg Meffert”s lawyer. Works for the Jackson Mississippi based Mockbee Hall and Drake.
- Baker Donelson: Regional law firm with orifices in both New Orleans and Jackson. A firm with a notorious reputation for cutting corners in civil litigation, they will do anything, and I mean anything for a dollar. We’ll be having more on Baker Donelson down the line, trust me on that one.
- The Talon Group: Lobbying arm of the Jackson Mississippi based Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes. We’ll be having more on Brunini down the line too. Worth noting is Ed Brunini is Boss Hogg’s personal lawyer.
Besides the defense, what we have listed above is supposedly some of the best legal and lobbying talent money can buy and indeed in the Hammerman’s reporting linked above and this earlier story, we find between the bribes and legal bills St Pierre was out-of-pocket a cool $1.4 million. So exactly what kind of lawyering did $600,000 buy from Baker Donelson? If you believe the reporting evidently nothing. Read the rest of this entry »