The Town of Jonesboro’s Attorney and the Rules of Professional Conduct

Monroe attorney Carol Powell-Lexing may be getting close to a violation of Louisiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys. She had some pointed remarks about Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson parishes) District Court Division B Judge Jimmy Teat’s ruling last week in the matter of State v Jonesboro.

From The (Monroe) News Star, July 25, 2012

Town attorney Carol Powell-Lexing called the judgment a “racial and political takeover” of the town. She plans to file a motion with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal Wednesday.

“For political reasons we anticipated the judge would rule against us. We’re ready to roll to fight this racial, political takeover,” Powell-Lexing said.

Here is the pertinent rule:


(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.

58 Responses to “The Town of Jonesboro’s Attorney and the Rules of Professional Conduct”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Who decides if this is a violation? Please don’t say the DA, cause we know the outcome if that is the case.

  2. JustMe Says:

    II would hope the Court and the Sitting Judge at that time. If this is not a violation, don’t know what is. I hope she gets a hefty fine. She deserves it after that and other remarks she has made.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    everytime ole les and the crew dont get what they want the race card is played…right or wrong color hasnt got a thing to do with it…

  4. anonymous Says:

    Why wouldn’t the conduct of the official Town’s attorney be in question? Has his performance been spotless?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    The only racial propagating is being perpetrated by the mayor, Herbert Simmons, the three council members and the, what is his latest title of little consequence, David Dill. All these individuals need counseling!

    • Sherry Says:

      S, T, D………a person may be infected, and may potentially infect others, without having a disease-Victimism. Those three have the most profound and remarkable case of that imaginary disease I have ever seen.

  6. anonymous Says:


    (amended 4/15/2006)

    (a) A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.

    Do you think this applies?

    • Informaiton Says:

      Louisiana State Bar Association
      601 St. Charles Avenue
      New Orleans, LA 70130-3404
      (800) 421-LSBA(5722)
      (504) 566-1600

      A potential violation of any law administered by the Board of Ethics can be reported by submitting a complaint to the address below:
      P.O. Box 4368
      Baton Rouge , Louisiana 70821

      Call them, write them or email them, if you have the nerve. Otherwise just keep flapping your jaws and hiding in the shadows.

      • Around Saline Lake Says:

        Before you write them, call them, or e-mail them, learn how to spell (informaiton). We don’t want to cast Jonesboro in a bad light, now do we?

        • Informaiton Says:

          why break a record of stupidity, misspelled words are the least of Jonesboro’s porblems……..

  7. Anonymous Says:

    To Information Says: Have you done any of those three things?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Only rascists cry rascism!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds like the mayor made another poor choice for legal representation. If that is all that they can base the appeal on, I predict the appeals court judge will not even take the case.

    • Guess Says:

      Uh oh……is the appeals court judge of a particular color or registered to vote with a particular party or does he or she part their hair on a particular side and do they own a particular make or mode of car? We can already guess what the comment to any judgement that judge might render…….it starts with an r and ends with a t and , bet you can’t guess it!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Let him keep using the same lawyers. That will ensure that he keeps his losing streak in court going.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    You know, it doesn’t seem to have occurred to Leslie that the reason he is losing so many court battles is not because of race, poor lawyers, but simply because he just does not have a justifiable case to present. ,

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    The Mayor’s lawyer was just expressing her thoughts to the reporter…is this wrong?

    Everyone posting here is expressing their opinion.

    And certainly since the Mayor is paralegal (like a lawyer) he would certainly know if she is doing her job or not.

    Be nice!!!

    • Around Saline Lake Says:

      A paralegal is a glorified gopher. Period. End of discussion. A paralegal can’t try cases before the court. The CTIC must be watching a lot of lawyer shows on the boob tube and thinks he can handle himself in court. A paralegal (like a lawyer)! That has made my day.

      • Informaiton Says:

        wow Saline Lake, you were defending him a few posts ago, did the Saline Lake water get to ya or what? Maybe truth finally resonated in your mind……glad you found the light aka truth.

        • Down Town in Jonesboro Says:

          “Informaiton” Says: I have never defended the CTIC (chief turn in charge) Thompson. He has taken Jonesboro down a road that leads to oblivion and (in my estimation) taken quite a bit from the town. That $70,000 salary, I feel, is not the only thing he has taken. An audit should show tons of mismanagement and possibily a lot of money they can’t account for. To say that I defend him is f***ing nuts. He lacks any qualification for the job that he holds, and I would suggest that he seek employment at the local McDonald’s where is stupidity might be appreciated. Don’t ever tell me that I have defended that asshole. As for the water in Saline Lake, I just might try it the next time I am down there as the fish sure as hell weren’t biting.

  13. Down Town in Jonesboro Says:

    that should be “turd” in my last post.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    According to the Office of Disciplinary Action, anyone can file a complaint. Here is the link to the form: 8.2 and 8.4 were violated.

    • Bob Says:

      When you start firing off your letters, don’t forget to include the town’s other attorney as well. He is not blameless in this mess either.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous of 6:35 a.m. asks if anyone can have an opinion and express it. All you have to do is re-read the rules of professional conduct at the head of this blog to see that attorneys are held to a higher standard than the average person. You or I could probably get by with questioning the integrity of a judge, but you can bet that if this attorney continues to do so, especially to a news or TV reporter, some judge is not going to take kindly to it, and will use all means at his disposal to properly discipline the person who made them.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    My question is: Why would an attorney make such statements? What did she hope to gain by them? The judge is not going to change his ruling because of them, everybody who reads them will agree with her remarks or disagree based on what they thought befoe she made them, and if she is trying to influence the appeals judge (whoever he may be), that is not the best place to do so. The courtroom is the place for any evidence she has that what she says is true to be presented.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    She probably did it for the same reason that the mayor called a previous ruling by a “kangaroo court.” Think he regrets that now?

    • Bob Says:

      The loud mouth tactic has prevailed up until now, videos all over the internet, and on the blog by the town employee, accusing everyone of racism and violation of their rights, it has worked up till now. No one has done one thing to see that the issues were dealt with in a court of law, period. Until someone takes it to the judicial system to deal with it judicially, it will continue, and they will keep shouting to the high heavens and using any method or means available to cry their issues before God and man. The most amazing thing yet was the interview last week where he said the Judge should realize he needed to lay aside petty things and uphold the law, what a hypocrite. He and his puppeteer define PETTY.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Thompson and his lawyers are certainly not doing anything to make them popular with the judges in north Louisiana. Don’t worry, they are human and they do read these comments, even though they are about their fellow judges.
    What was surprising about the “kangaroo court” remark was that Dill would put it on his website. He almost got his boss in a peck of trouble.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Let ’em go, they are digging their own grave. They are just showing everybody that they have no real defense other than to accuse lawyers, judges, in fact most of the population of being racist.

  20. anonymous Says:

    How very lame. Are we to guess that ms powell only wants black clients and only wants to appear before black judges? What would she say if a black judge ruled against her client? Ms powell that was a foolish choice of words but considering the crap being spewed by the mayor and the al sharpton wannabe dill its no surprise.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    What would she say to a black judge ruling against her?? Does the term “uncle tom” ring a bell??

  22. Anonymous Says:

    We better hope that Thompson and the Town Council keep the same lawyers. They are never going to win a case with that attitude: “Sorry, your honor, but we don’t have anything to offer except charges of racism, and we know you are not going to rule in our favor on that.”

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t worry, they will keep them because they are doing just what Thompson and his little “inner circle” want, that is to blame everything on race, whether it is good courtroom strategy or not. That is why he picked the lawyers he did.
    He thinks because it worked so well for him in Jonesboro, all people of his race will support him, no matter how many mistakes he makes. We will see.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    Lawyers pick their clients, except in the case of indigent defenders or state appointed attorneys. These may have been the only ones he could get to take his case.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    ……..all I have to say right now is, ha!

  26. Lawd Hep Us Says:

    If Jesse Jr. wasn’t so sick from Indictment Fever & hiding away in rehab, Jesse Jr., his daddy & Al would down here helping their case!

  27. Anonymous Says:

    I am sure that racism never existed in Jonesboro Louisiana. Hundreds of years with white mayors running the town and I am sure that they never did anything that would cause the State to take over the decision making authority of the mayor. With the election of a black mayor within 5 years there have been at least 30 allegations of wrong doings by the mayor. Hundreds of years with a majority white city council I am sure the town ran smoothly with no need for the Attorney General to seek to usurp duly elected town official’s .right to govern the citizens who elected them in a democratic election. Now with a majority of Black city council less than a year later the State finds it necessary to execute a hostile takeover of the city of Jonesboro.
    When blacks were being lynched and denied the right to exercise their right to vote n Jonesboro, Louisiana; victim of these racist tactics requested help from state officials. The perpetrators of the lynching and the officials who were denying black citizens the right to vote and their supports called the efforts of outsiders, “undemocratic interference with local government”. State officials did nothing and Blacks had to take matters in their own hand. In 1964 the Deacon of Defense was founded in Jonesboro Louisiana because state officials refuse to take control of local authorities and racist groups refused to follow the law and openly practiced acts of violence and segregation based on race to the detriment of Blacks. Local officials and their supporters intimidate the Black community with a campaign of terror. A group of Black men in Jonesboro, Louisiana led by Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas and Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick founded the Deacon of Defense in November 1964 to protect civil rights workers, their communities and their families, against the violence being perpetrated by the white community.
    Nearly 50 years later the Mayor’s Office and the city council is being occupied by black citizens for the first time in Jonesboro’s history and the State officials have now found it necessary to take over. I am sure that this is just a coincident and it has absolutely nothing to do with race. I am sure that the Honorable Judge who has never ruled in favor on the city of Jonesboro since this sad saga began is color blind and is just as fair and impartial as the judges 50 years ago. I applaud the frank statement of Attorney Lexing. You do not give up your right to freedom of speech when you enter into a profession. I also applaud the frank and revealing statement of the citizen of Jonesboro who called Jonesboro City Council members and the mayor, “Niggers”. The judge hides behind a black robe and the State Attorney General hides behind a title when both of them ought to simply join the choir with the honest citizen of the council meeting who simply called the Jonesboro elected officials, “Niggers.”

    • citizen Says:

      Wonder how many more appeals will be filed since we have a Fiscal Administrator? I am sure he will not approve using town funds to support Leslie’s unfounded allegations of racism. Racism did not make the town go into financial arrears, it was the management of money and the inability to distinguish between revenues and reserves (certificates of deposits). I am sure the appeal wagon is slowly coming to a halt and I am just guessing that Carrol Powel Lexington will be finding themselves more preoccupied with other clients. They also may find themselves in the list with others that have not been paid.

    • Anonymous Says:

      You just want to stir up hate. Lord have mercy on your soul.

    • Bruce Wayne Says:

      So the name calling of one lady of the mayor makes the missing money and misuse of the town’s money OKAY?

      I am confused as to how to connect the dots from Mrs. Roberts to the missing money and the inability to balance a budget?

      Remember CDs in the bank are not revenues to be spend on daily operations.

    • Please Change the Lyrics Says:

      Same old song sung by the same one that accuses everyone of not playing fair unless you play by their rules of the game which it to give it all to them and unless you do, you are a guilty of a horrendous act and if you question anything relative to their operation, they you are a the worst offender……you are expected to give all you have to them, you are not supposed to ever even dream of asking a question about what they do with the gift. Case in point, one person used a term that they had baited for for a very long time, much effort was put into baiting, and finally one person took the bait and said the magic word to their ears…….if you note in the writing that is the only topic of the rant, well, the disparaging remarks about the Judge and Attorney General, but other than that, there was nothing else to whine about other than some inane self described history….there was nothing of current merit or issue other than the fact the fish took the bait. Amazingly enough, that fish does not represent the whole school nor do they represent the entire population of the Town of Jonesboro or Jackson Parish. They want people to think that they do, even as they self proclaim all their wonderful acts but the fine print is somehow always left out……..the disclaimer about “all we do we do for us and if you don’t agree then you are wrong and if you question anything we do, they you are damned and doomed”. No one has ever stood up to them or questioned them and that shoe just don’t fit. Whine on and rant on, the gravy train has been shortened, the conductor has been replaced and the fuel is now on ration.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Sure takes a lot of words for those who are accusing a large part of the Town of Jonesboro of racism to say their thing. One family took several pages of The Jackson Independent to make their point, and we see another example of it here.

    • anonymous Says:

      yeah kinda sounds like a sermon, huh?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Does sound a little preachy….also sounds like somebody who has moved to Jonesboro and does not realize when Jonesboro was founded.

      “Hundreds of years”…sorry Rev…..Jboro has not been around for Hundreds of years to have a white mayor and council.

      Yes, I do believe the first settlers were white and the community was settled AFTER all slaves were freed.

      So go ahead and try to make it sound like the history you want it to be.

      You are race baiting and promoting hate. Shame on you!

      • Anonymous Says:

        This is not that Dill man writing the post “Anonymous Says:
        08/06/2012 at 12:56 am “.

        It is the loud mouth angry hate filled lady…the queen of the federal grant scheme.

        She is taking all she can obtain for her non-profit and then taking it for herself!!!

        Her brother is a preacher and they are from the south.

        She stirs up race issues. This is an attempt to keep the spot light off her and those grants she “takes” for helping so many others…, I do know the grants help her family very, very much.

        Living large ….look at their housing, kid’s private school, trips, cars…….check out the facts!

        Lot of living like a rich woman off the tax dollars gathered and given to improve lives of less fortunate folks….what a shameful situation.

        Oh, and check out her pride and sense of self worth?

        First comes pride and then comes the fall.

        • anonymous Says:

          ironic isn’t it that they want to help the unfortunates but don’t want their child rubbing elbows with those unfortunates. Gotta send him to the private school to rub with the “other” kind that is bad mouthed so much.

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Seems to be saying that 30 allegations of wrong doing by the present mayor and town council are brought about simply because they are of a certain race. Don’t think that old worn-out bird is gonna fly any more.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Jackson Independent must have quit giving them the whole editorial section each week, so they come on this website.

  31. Anonymous Says:

    Also not much posting going on at the “Truth in Jonesboro” website now. Guess the editor is busy trying to keep his now-shaky hold on his job at Town Hall.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah, don’t think they have had a Thompson speech on there in about seven months.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    The Truth in Jonesboro just post the town meetings.

    The Fount is the Rev Dill’s website and Dill also post on You Tube under djdthefount.

    Certainly two different websites with much different information….

    Truth on one

    Rev Dill and Thompson opinions on the other

  34. Anonymous Says:

    Who cares?

  35. Anonymous Says:

    “Truth on one, Rev. Dill and Thompson opinions on the other.” Guess they are saying that their opinions are not the truth?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Check out information for yourself…. if it is the truth, it is only Leslie’s sick minded truth…he believes it since he created it.

      “The budget is balanced cause we got CDs in the Bank”….is that the truth?

      Budget is revenue less expenses.

      A CD in the Bank is an asset.

      This is real simple accounting practices that no one at City Hall in the past few years has been able to grasp or understand….based on the TRUTH.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The only posting on the Truth at Jonesboro are recordings of the town meetings….entire meetings…

      Not somebody’s opinion

  36. Anonymous Says:

    This is the only website I know of that tells the real truth about what is happening in Jonesboro.

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