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Continued information on latest developments.

Spring 2006 Newsletter

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A related case in EBR Court, Tuesday April 25th was continued until May 17th.  Now the case has been continued to September 6, 2006.  The attorney of record is Kevin Monahan of Baton Rouge.  The defendant in this case has been incarcerated since October 6th 2005.  A DNA match from  1986 rape cases identified the defendant as the rapist.  However, in 1986 the defendant plea bargained and now the state has said, this case is and was seperate from the cases for which the plea was arranged.  The defendant served 11 years and was released.
May 2, 2006  Update on Concordia Voter Fraud Case
                     Ad hoc Judge Sharon Marchman has issued a court order for sentencing hearing on one of the defendants in the case.  The state, according to news reports in today's Natchez Democrat, is requesting a change of venue.  The hearing set for Friday May 19, 2006; yielded an 18 month sentence on 1 Count.
May 6-17
If you see the oppression of the poor and the denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight, for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them. [Ecclesiastes 5:8]  
Congressman William Jefferson has vowed to fight to the end.  In the meanwhile, the state house is on its regular whirl in the session which ends June 19th.  Business as usual.  More laws to ensure; criminals stay criminal, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.   The Department of Natural Resources will oversee property cleanup by oil companies. The Governor has decided to buy the State Farm building in Monroe for three million dollars from Ouachita Economic Development.  State Representative Bryant Hammet is considering going to work for the Louisiana Recovery Authority.  Economic trickle down theory, continues to trickle laterally, to the status quo.
In Concordia Parish the local NAACP president stood with the mother of a man who was severely beaten in a racial incident.  The incident is so far, being handled by the local sheriff's office, although the FBI has been advised of the situation.
A cross was burned in the yard of a black man in Texarkana, Ark.; the FBI is investigating the case as a hate crime.
May 25, 2006

The Ferriday Voter Fraud Case, finds the ONE defendant convicted of ONE out of 16 counts with delayed sentencing.  It is not clear whether the sentencing will occur on May 19th, but that is the next court date.
Related to the case is a new arrest by the Attorney General's Office of a town official from another parish.  The accused is scheduled to be in Concordia Parish Court in early May. Defense Attorneys in the case, secured the aid of the accused in an attempt to clear up certain points of testimony of witnesses.  
A former St. Martinville councilwoman was convicted of rigging her 2002 election. Sentenced to three years probation and fined $3500 for entering false addresses on voter registration cards, the councilwoman resigned after pleading guilty last year.  Seven others pleaded guilty and recieved probation for state elections-related charges, according to the May 11th Baton Rouge Advocate.
Three NAACP local branch presidents have joined forces to stand against, what has been labeled a "wrongful accusation" in the death of a sheriff's deputy.  Lafourche, Terrebone and Assumption parish NAACP stood with family members and the attorney of record for the defendant.  Pictures showed the defendant had been severely beaten.

Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday set a hearing for next Tuesday on the implications of the search. Mr. Sensenbrenner called the subject of the hearing "Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?"

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