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5/30/2008

More on Perdigao

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:34 am

Gordon Russell at the New Orleans Times-Picayune has a post on that lawsuit filed by James Perdigao that I told you about in this post:

In a sensational legal filing, a former partner at Adams and Reese who is awaiting trial on charges that he stole $30 million from the firm claims that the firm has had a hand in scandals ranging from the WorldCom stock fraud to the abuse of Louisiana film tax credits.

The lawsuit also claims the New Orleans firm has made a practice of hiring former public officials, including former Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, and improperly using them to land clients with whom they had dealt as public officials. Coulon and Morial deny the claim.

The 73-page civil racketeering lawsuit reads more like a legal thriller than a court filing. It portrays accused thief Jamie Perdigao as a hard worker who was trying to stay within ethical boundaries while senior members of the firm pressured him into bending the rules to make money.

The suit does not make clear whether Perdigao has evidence to support his allegations.

Russell treats the allegations about bribery of William Jefferson as old news. While the allegation itself was made in Perdigao’s initial motion to recuse (which we reported on here), the complaint contains interesting details that I think make the story more eye-opening. It’s a shame Russell doesn’t set forth any of these nuggets.

The entry does set forth a witness list filed by Perdigao’s lawyer concerning the upcoming motion to recuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Interesting reading for anyone following this saga.

4 Responses to “More on Perdigao”

  1. Ah, we have here a person making the old, “Well they’re meanies too.”defense. I have news for Mr. Perdigao, Working for assholes doesn’t give you the right to be a jerk.

    Alan Kellogg (2997b1)

  2. Russell treats the allegations about bribery of William Jefferson as old news.

    I figured it was assumed that a Louisiana Democrat would be on the take.

    Rob Crawford (6c262f)

  3. Perdigao sounds like a damn good defense lawyer to me. There’s no better defense than messing around the prosecution and distracting them from their case.

    nk (6c75e0)

  4. If this didn’t have legs then why did the entire Tax division in Nashville jump ship. Adams & Reese now only has 6 tax attorneys company-wide with 11 leaving on Friday afternoon in the Nashville office alone. The old saying “don’t go down with the ship” is especially meaningful at that firm right now.

    http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2008/5/30/adams_and_reese_attorneys_strike_out

    Roger (c3b2ff)


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