Category Archives: Collards, Crawfish and Crooks

Buddy Bass

Each winter, pogy boats harvested bony little menhaden fish off the mouth of the Mississippi River and brought them to the Quinn Menhaden Fisheries at Empire, Louisiana. The plant smelted the little critters into pet food, fish oil and other … Continue reading

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Case of the Great Red Neck Railroad

The lady who came once a week to clean my law office and give me advice on health care and what to eat referred Winona Patterson to me. Mrs. Patterson was a frail, petite black lady with abundant wrinkles on … Continue reading

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Dolphin Divers

“This here scar is where my sister jugged me and took my pack of cigarettes,” I told them. “This’n here is where Auntie Bueler’s good-for-nothing jailbird boyfriend shot me with his little old 22 pistol,” I explained. Here we was … Continue reading

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THE HONORABLE HORACE T. WELLINGTON

The Honorable Horace T. Wellington fought with me from the get go in the homicide case I tried before him. I could not figure out why. Had we not been Assistant District Attorneys in the same office for three years … Continue reading

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Gavels and Fountain Pens

The local bar association gives you one when their president puts the black robe on you after you have spent a  a ton of money to get elected to the bench. It is a gavel. For most judges, it sits … Continue reading

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ZANY LAWYERS

Most people have an image of attorneys that is formed by news accounts, television stories and movies. Some of the time that image is of a stodgy, conservative person lacking mirth. Of course some TV shows portray my brethren and … Continue reading

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Bailiffs

BAILIFFS Black’s Law Dictionary defines these loyal folks as follows, “a keeper, protector, or guardian”. This aptly describes the bailiffs that protected and guarded me and my staff for a quarter of a century. Court bailiffs have an unwritten code … Continue reading

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Victoria

  “Five thousand bond, cash or commercial surety,” Judge Cohen pronounced while signing orders without looking down from his lofty perch at the seventy-two-year old man before him. The old gent would have to put up five thousand dollars cash … Continue reading

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Truck Parades

Mardi Gras has come and gone again. Visitors to Mardi Gras think the local folks provided the greatest free party on earth, just for them. I guess in a way that is true, but the locals look forward to this … Continue reading

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The Crummy

The first case on the day’s Juvenile Docket listed the defendant’s last name as “Crummy”. The District Attorney, Andrea Price, asked the arresting officer, “What led you to believe that a Crummy committed this burglary?” The young cop glanced at … Continue reading

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