Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jimmie must believe Jim

I really don't know what to make of this. But Jimmie Woods seems to be concerned with possible criminal trials than an ongoing civil case:
Trash hauler Jimmie Woods, who holds a share of New Orleans' lucrative residential garbage-collection contract and shares in the fees generated by an eastern New Orleans landfill, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination last month during a deposition in a federal civil case.
Invoking the amendment also can affect the case at hand. When a witness has refused to answer questions in a civil case, opposing counsel has wide latitude to say what he thinks the facts are.

The case in which Woods invoked his Fifth Amendment right involves a complicated dispute about the 463-unit Beechgrove apartment complex in Westwego. Parties to the suit include the complex's owners, its insurers and several contractors and subcontractors who were hired to rehabilitate it.
It is unclear whether Woods' invoking of the Fifth Amendment owed to the feds' interest in the Beechgrove deal. Two other Woods ventures -- the New Orleans landfill, which he runs with contractor Stephen Stumpf, and the residential trash collection contract, which he shares with Richard's Disposal and SDT Waste & Debris Services -- also have stirred up controversy.

Meanwhile, the feds also are probing an Orleans Parish School Board trash contract that was awarded to Metro, Woods' firm, in 2002. Barré has told federal investigators that he delivered cash bribes to the husband of Una Anderson, then on the School Board, from Woods and Richard's Disposal in exchange for a promise of Anderson's support for a contract. Anderson has denied the allegation, portraying Barré, who is awaiting sentencing, as willing to tell investigators anything in hopes of reducing his sentence.

Hope the last item in this post didn't seem too snarky. Heads on a post by October might be a more believable promise than "cranes on the skyline by September," after all. I'm not going to get too excited yet, but we'll see.

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Let's put their heads on the cranes. After the birds are done, we can armor the levee with their skulls as someone once suggested.

I think it's just possible change of party season in the DoJ and time for all sorts of weird political posturing. If they can indict Jindal, will Obama reappoint them?

Just wondering. Snark mode disengaged.
For a moment there, I thought "heads on a post" meant a whole bunch of head shots in a blog entry.

I need to get out more.
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