Illegal LPPJ “Walking Quorum” Meet Broken Up

An illegal “walking quorum” meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) was broken up this morning by Morning Paper publisher John Hays and Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) publisher and editor Walter Abbott.

A 1:00 PM meeting of two of Lincoln Parish’s top law enforcement officers – Sheriff Mike Stone and Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union parishes) First Assistant District Attorney Andy Shealy – and members of the jury was cancelled after Stone claimed to have had an emergency call and was unable to attend. The jurors scheduled to attend the meeting were notified that no meeting would be held.

Earlier, the two met with groups of police jurors to discuss parish detention center issues. At the 9:00 AM meeting reportedly were jurors Micky Mays, Jody Backus, Theresa Wyatt, and juror-elect Ronnie Walker. The 10:00 AM meeting was attended by Roy Glover, Joe Henderson, and Annie Brown, a source said.

A walking quorum is a series of gatherings among separate groups of members of a governmental body, each less than quorum size, who agree, tacitly or explicitly, to act uniformly in sufficient number to reach a quorum.

When this reporter and Hays arrived at 11:00 AM on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish courthouse, no jurors were there, nor was the sheriff or the ADA.

Jury personnel said at the time they knew nothing about any meetings. When shown a copy of the email that had originated from the jury office, Administrator Courtney Hall said, “You’ll have to go talk to Mr. Shealy about that – I don’t have anything to say to y’all.”

In an impromptu meeting with Shealy moments later, Hays and Abbott asked about the meetings that had taken place earlier that morning. Shealy admitted that he had met with the sheriff and some of the jurors. But he denied that any such meeting was illegal or that the meetings were clandestine.

“You can have meetings to explore possibilities,” said Shealy. “Nobody’s trying to keep a secret,” he added.

Shealy also denied having anything to do with the email that summoned the jurors to the meeting. When it was shown to Shealy he said, “You didn’t see me write that email, did you?”

7 Responses to “Illegal LPPJ “Walking Quorum” Meet Broken Up”

  1. Lying DA's and Government Office Holders Says:

    Don’t be surprised, Andy Shealy is a well known liar. He wrote me a letter answering some questions several years ago that was filled with lie after lie, but the problem is no one holds him accountable. He does exactly what the Sheriff, Police Jury, Tax Assess, Clerk of Courts, etc want him to do, that is provide a legal shield for anything they do. Not many people or groups can/will spend the money needed to take them to court because 1. Their side has an almost unlimited $ supply to fund their defense, tax money 2. Even if caught in their lies or breaking laws such as open meeting laws, who is going to make them pay? If I am not mistaken for Open Meetings Laws, it is up to the District Attorney, which is Shealy’s boss, so good luck there. The next option is the Attorney General, who looks on us regular citizens with disdain, since we are not lawyers and we don’t give him the big $$$$. We are s hit out of luck!!!!

  2. Boro watcher Says:

    I am not sure a law was broken. If the meeting was only a briefing and no action was needed by the whole group, then I am not sure the definition of a “walking quorum “was met. I see nothing more than some of our govermental leaders quietly going about the business to doing their job. Their method might or might not be wrong but nobody has been able to point out any criminal intent.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I think you are making something out of nothing. Would you expect every word that passes between department heads and police jurors to be public? That’s like expected a private company to open every conference to the public. You have to be able to discuss issues. The sheriff could have legitimately met individiually with each and every police juror. Is meeting with three at a time any different?

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