Thompson Defense Atty Files Amended Recusal Motion

Louis Scott, defense attorney for Jonesboro mayor Leslie Thompson, this morning filed an amended motion to recuse, after Chief Judge of the Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes) District Jenifer Clason ordered him to resubmit his request to remove Division B Judge Jimmy Teat from involvement in Thompson’s trial for malfeasance.

Scott’s original motion alleged that Teat harbored personal animosity toward Thompson and could not be an impartial judge.

In her order, Clason directed Scott to cite relevant laws and statutes, list the specific statements that Teat was alleged to have made, and provide names of witnesses who could attest to the alleged animosity.

Late last week, Lea Hall, Special Assistant District Attorney for the Second Judicial District Attorney filed an Objection and Response to the defense motion to recuse.

See here the document.

Hall said that Scott’s motion was “overly vague and conclusory,” and cited no genuine grounds for the request.

Scott’s amended motion states that “the defendant has heard allegations of personal animosity against the defendant by the judge,” but that “the time allotted did not give sufficient time to investigate the claims.”

Scott also cited Teat’s rulings in Essmeier v Jonesboro and State v Jonesboro as evidence of personal animosity.

Scott claims that since the judge gave relief beyond that which was requested by the plaintiffs, that was evidence of pursuit of a personal agenda.

See here the document.

The hearing on the motion is set for 11:00 AM, Thursday, 3/28, Jackson Parish Courthouse.

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20 Responses to “Thompson Defense Atty Files Amended Recusal Motion”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Waaaa Waaaa Waaaa, everybody is against me!

    I told you, you wanted Judge Clason, have fun! She is as tough as nails! Good luck getting one over on her!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    In effect, Scott admits that the claims have not been investigated, so how could he and Thompson expect a judge to rule that another one should be recused? She certainly doesn’t have time to investigate the charges.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    In the state’s objection to recuse, #II states in part: “Such grounds must be of a substantial nature and based upon more than conclusory allegations.” Don’t think there is any doubt about how any judge would rule on this.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    i dare say that it matters not which Judge sits on the bench, he ( thompson) has broken the law and must own up to it.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    reminds me of a child who runs home to crying to his mama cause someone said someone heard someone say something about him…where is the proof… all too vague and most likely imaginary

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Doesn’t say how long it has been since the judge is supposed to have made certain allegations, just that they “have not been allowed time to investigate them.” How long would it take to do that; couldn’t it be done overnight? The writ also in effect accuses the D.A. of “Judge shopping.” May be treading on dangerous ground with that one.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    They could all the person that made those charges into court, and have him or her make them before the judge under sworn oath. The judge could make a determination of whether they were “conclusory allegations” or not. Of course, unless the person could prove them, that person could be charged with slander.

  8. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Is the mayoral vehicle riding up and down the streets of the quarters tonight trying to spread a little money to buy the voice of someone who heard Judge Teat say disparaging remarks about the CTIC. Here is a disparaging and disrespectful remark about the CTIC – he is a worthless, nincompoop who is stupid and incompetent when it comes to running a government larger than a tree house clubhouse with two members. He has taken Jonesboro to the brink of destruction and I wonder, has he provided the paychecks and stubs and all of the other stuff the judge required? I doubt it.

  9. wondering Says:

    Is the next motion to recuse the LA Court of Appeals? I believe they upheld Teats ruling.

    • Donald Marion Fowler Says:

      Don’t give the CTIC and his lawyers Find Em, Fool Em, and Cheat Em any new ideas.

  10. 73 Year Old Judge Shopper Says:

    Can you tell me how and where one can “shop for a judge”? Do they have special Judge Stores or Judge Departments in Stores or can you find them at Amazon or Ebay? I am almost 73 years old and I have never ever seen anyone “shop for a judge” .
    All you legal beagels out there, is this new legal terminology?

    I just find it funny, what would one ask for when “judge shopping”, would you ask for one that wears a full length robe or the shortened robe or would you ask for a male or female, democrat or republican?

    Would you request the LSU grad or the Southern grad or would your request be based on the merits of the case…..if you want a strong law abiding judge for a prosecutorial case or a weak populist judge for a favorable outcome for your client?

    Somebody explain this one because I am old and have a need to know. My kids might just go “judge shopping” when they get ready to send me to the rocking chair house and I want to “shop for the judge for my needs”…… they don’t get one up on me.

  11. Time will tell Says:

    Does anyone have the phone number for “Judges R Us” or maybe the discount store called “Judge Warehouse”? I need to do some shopping!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Makes about as much sense as the rest of that document. Maybe Scott’s feelings were hurt because he was second choice. Thompson used the female lawyer until she was suspended from practice for six months.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting to see how Judge Clason will react to that “judge shopping” remark. The lawyer may even get censured or penalized for that. Also will be intresting to see how the D. A. himself will react, because he has been accused of showing favoritism towards the mayor in the past.

  14. GS Says:

    In all the motions that mr. Scott has filed, he has demoted DA Stewart to Assistant District Attorney. Must not respect him too much.

  15. sunrisesunset Says:

    Hearsay will not be permissible in court. Reminds me of the song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and we all know how that works out. A twisted message for sure.

    Mayor needs to get over himself.

    Judge Judy to the rescue. She will not take any bullsh** from anyone.

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