[Editor’s Note: This story has been modified since its publication following the receipt of additional information. The original story follows this updated version.]
The complaining — and campaigning — ends today.
Louisiana’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee has rendered decisions on complaints filed by both candidates in Tuesday’s runoff for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, rejecting complaints lodged by both District Judge Phyllis Montgomery Keaty’s and attorney Buzz Durio. The committee did, however, negotiate a settlement between the two over a second complaint filed by Durio against Keaty.
In a letter dated Monday, Nov. 1, John B. Scofield, vice-chair of the committee, informs Keaty that the committee “has voted to dismiss the complaint, as the Committee did not find clear and convincing evidence that [Durio] violated Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.” On Friday, Oct. 29, citing the same lack of evidence, Scofield informs Durio that his complaint against Keaty has also been dismissed.
Keaty contacted the committee last week, accusing the Durio campaign of using “blatantly false” figures in a series of print ads and urging the committee to compel Durio “to immediately discontinue these misleading advertisements ...” At issue were ads in which the Durio campaign claimed that more than half of Keaty’s rulings that were appealed to the Third Circuit were reversed. Prior to that, the Durio campaign accused Keaty of misleading the public in claiming she has “heard” 11,000 cases during her 12-year tenure on the bench. Each of those complaints was dismissed.
Durio also accused Keaty of suggesting in advertisements that she has “20 years of judicial experience.” The committee negotiated an informal resolution between the campaigns, with Keaty agreeing “to qualify all statements of my 20 years judicial experience by noting, as I have tried to do throughout my campaign that 12 of those years have been spent as a Judge and 8 of those were spent as a Judicial Law Clerk.”
Louisiana’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee has rejected District Judge Phyllis Montgomery Keaty’s complaint against attorney Buzz Durio, her competitor in Tuesday’s runoff for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
In a letter dated Monday, Nov. 1, John B. Scofield, vice-chair of the committee, informs Keaty that the committee “has voted to dismiss the complaint, as the Committee did not find clear and convincing evidence that [Durio] violated Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.”
Keaty contacted the committee last week, accusing the Durio campaign of using “blatantly false” figures in a series of print ads and urging the committee to compel Durio “to immediately discontinue these misleading advertisements ...” At issue were ads in which the Durio campaign claimed that more than half of Keaty’s rulings that were appealed to the Third Circuit were reversed.
MAY 23 Here's a story in the Picayune about some statistics that must come as a blow to folks who believe that any private school can do a better job of educating kids than any public school: Danielle Dreilinger reports that only 30 percent of the voucher kids are passing. That's less than half of the state wide average, she says. It's an interesting statistic because most of the schools (if not all) taking voucher kids have never had their students' standardized test scores released to the public before.
MAY 23 Stephen Sabludowsky blogs on Bayou Buzz about auditor requests here. Recently the state GOP started crowing about a request from the Legislative Auditor, claiming they were being targeted because of their anti-tax stance. (Uh, your what?) Denial and hyperbole aside, the state Democratic party blew holes in that theory with an email announcing they'd received the same request, Sabludowsky writes here.
MAY 23 Jim Brown blogs about the senate race in this post. He says that, given Bobby Jindal's "lack of traction" on the national stage, it might make more sense for the governor to consider running against Mary Landrieu for the senate seat. Since Tim Teeple left the Cassidy team, it makes sense he might land on a Jindal for Senate team, Brown opines.
MAY 23 In this Louisiana Voice post, blogger Tom Aswell writes of rumors that his nemesis, state Superintendent of Education John White, may be soon departing Louisiana for a federal post. It's hard to believe, given his performance, Aswell says, but stranger things have happened. An anti-White BESE member says that, if true, White is quitting before he can be fired.
MAY 23 In this post on American Zombie, blogger Jason Berry writes about the Mother's Day shooting. Mayor Landrieu said that "this is not who we are," but the fact is, this is New Orleans, Berry writes. The violence infused in the city is the result of a culture created by "sins of omission or sins of commission," Berry writes. It's not a problem that can be solved by legislating, policing, praying or publicizing, he says: Someone's got to understand what's happening first.
MAY 23 This post in the Westside Journal tells us what Port Allen Mayor Deedy has been up to lately: vetoing ordinances, apparently. This story is most interesting, however, when it delves into a petition that has been circulating around the city lately. It accuses the former mayor of a lot of nasty things; the former mayor says it is full of lies and "broken syntax" which may be a larger offense in his eyes.
MAY 23 This editorial posted in The Advocate is a bit confusing. The writing is poor - definitely not up to the usual editorial writing standard there - and the point is hard to grasp. Apparently, the writer is saying that privatization of state efforts is OK, as long as there is oversight and transparency, but Jindal's not good at that, and the legislature shouldn't over-react. Okey Dokey. Can't they get one of them Pulitzer-winning people to write an editorial?
MAY 23 This post on The Lens gives you links to a new Google Earth tool that allows you to see any spot on earth transform over the past 30 years. Bob Marshall, who covers the coast for the paper, says that in the case of Louisiana's coastline, it's possibly something you don't want to see, because it's not a pretty picture. There are several clips here, showing critical areas erode away. For Marshall, it was vindication for all those times he was met with eye-rolling when he talked about erosion.
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Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.