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Ouachita Judges Claim They’re Above the Law, Want Witnesses Muzzled

09/02/2015

A passel of motions, memos, affidavits, and exceptions have been filed by the defendants and the plaintiff prior to Friday’s hearing in the case Palowsky v Campbell, et al.

Among the claims of Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Judges Sharp, Amman, Jones, Rambo and Winters – who are defendants along with Court Clerk Allyson Campbell – is that of “judicial immunity,”.

That legal doctrine is contemplated to protect judges from liability for monetary damages in civil court, for acts they perform pursuant to their judicial function.

See here the documents:

Defendant Judges Exceptions
Defendant Judges Memorandum in Support of Exceptions

The plaintiff rebuts that the acts alleged to have been committed by the judges – a coverup of possible court document destruction – was administrative in nature, not judicial, and therefore not subject to immunity.

See here the document:

Plaintiffs Combined Memo in Opposition to Defendants Motion to Stay Discovery

The defendants have also filed a motion that asserts no testimony should be allowed until other issues are decided.

See here the document:

Defendant Judges Motion to Stay Discovery

The effect would be to muzzle the testimony of another 4th JD Judge, Sharon Marchman, who the plaintiffs claim:

…will be able to testify regarding the investigation, or lack thereof, of Campbell’s destruction, concealment, and/or mishandling of court documents, work habits, and payroll fraud. She will also be able to testify as to what lengths Defendant Judges went to conceal Campbell’s felonious acts.

Finally, the judges want the plaintiff Stanley Palowsky III and his attorneys – Joe Ward of Covington and Sedric Banks of Monroe – to be cited for contempt:

for filing pleadings which contain “highly defamatory and insulting” charges against a judge that “bring the administration of the law into disrespect or disregard and impair the dignity of the court and respect for its authority.”

See here the document:

Defendant Judges Motion to Strike, Motion for Contempt, and Request for Sanctions

See here all the other documents:

Campbell Dilatory Exception of Vagueness
Campbell Memo in Support of Dilatory Exception of Vagueness
Campbell Motion to Stay Discovery
Campbell Motion to Strike, Motion for Contempt, and Request for Sanctions
Campbell Peremptory Exception to No Right of Action
Campbell Peremptory Exception of Prescription
Campbell Affidavit

Monroe Attorney Brian Crawford represents Campbell.

Also see today’s Johnny Gunter news story in The Ouachita Citizen (subscription required).

Clerk’s ‘personal relationships’ with judges questioned

Hearing Friday in Ouachita Court Coverup Case

08/31/2015

A hearing is set for Friday, September 4, 9:30 AM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, Courtroom Eight (fourth floor), in the lawsuit Palowski v Campbell.

This is the suit filed in late July that was amended to include several judges of the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court.

The plaintiffs in the suite have alleged that the judges engaged in a coverup of wrongdoing by court clerk Allyson Campbell.

Ad hoc Judge Jerome J. Barbera III, a retired judge from the 17th Judicial (Lafourche Parish) District will preside.

Lincoln Parish News Online will cover the hearing.

More on Last Week’s Monroe Court Coverup Hearing

08/26/2015

Here is The Ouachita Citizen’s Zach Parker news story on last week’s hearing in Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court in Monroe.

Judge dodges recusal, quashes subpoenas in Palowsky case (subscription required)

Bus Issues Discussed @ Monroe City Council

08/26/2015

Last night’s meeting of the Monroe City Council began and ended with talk of problems with the buses of the Monroe Transit system.

District One’s Ray Armstrong began by referring to a Monroe Free Press article that featured a bus that had caught fire.

Said Armstrong, “Apparently this bus was in operation, there were passengers on board that had to be evacuated.” He added there were allegations in the news article about “half the buses not operational,” and inadequate maintenance.

Armstrong asked that the Mayor look into the situation.

At the end of the meeting, citizen Jeannie Hanna said she was a regular user of the bus system, and had been keeping notes of what problems she had encountered.

Among the issues was inoperative wheelchair lift equipment, wiper blades, and “filthy buses,” she said. “I wish Ken Booth was still around,” she added.

She invited the council members to ride on the buses to see for themselves.

In regular business, the council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing additional design work for a pump station in the Winnsboro Road area.

District Four’s Kenny Wilson said that since the floods on the Southside in 2011, these projects were very welcome.

Monroe City Council Tuesday

08/23/2015

The Monroe City Council will meet Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda.

Judge Sharp Says Judge Marchman “Misremembered”

08/20/2015

Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) Division G Judge Carl Sharp said that fellow 4th JD Judge Sharon Marchman (Divsion B) “misremembered” when she said he had told her that an order to quash her subpoena to appear in court didn’t apply to her.

The controversy erupted late this morning in the Monroe courtroom at the end of an hour-long hearing that was scheduled to determine whether Sharp should be recused in the case Palowsky v Cork, over which he is presiding.

In 2003, Sharp was suspended for sixty days by the Louisiana Supreme Court for failing to decide cases in a timely manner.

The plaintiff attorneys, Joseph Ward of Covington, and Sedrick Banks of Monroe had subpoenaed several judges from the court, along with two area lawyers, intending to put them on the stand under oath. The intent was to elicit testimony as to what court clerk Allyson Campbell did or didn’t do, what the witnesses knew, and when they knew it.

Marchman said that she was “discharging her duty” to appear per the subpoena, and stood ready to testify, if she were called. She added that she and Sharp had a conversation yesterday where Sharp said she wasn’t covered by the order.

Sharp replied, “Read the order.”

Earlier in the hearing, Ward and Judge Sharp argued whether or not he (Sharp) should step down from the case, which was the reason for today’s hearing.

Ward said that since Sharp was intimately involved in the investigation and alleged coverup of wrongdoing by Campbell, he should be nowhere near any of the related cases.

Sharp, who did most of the talking, tried to intimidate Ward, and threatened him with sanctions or a contempt citation for having the impertinence to subpoena a judge as a witness.

Said Sharp, “You’re ginning up you’re own recusal evidence.”

Ward didn’t back down and said that if Sharp wanted to find him in contempt, that he would just have to serve the seven days in jail.

Sharp ruled that he was holding any decision on his recusal in abeyance, until another related lawsuit, Palowsky v Campbell was decided.

Ward said that he would immediately be appealing Sharp’s order to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Notable in the court today were several local attorneys, a Louisiana State Police investigator, and an investigator with the Louisiana Inspector General’s Office.

Witnesses Subpoenaed for Tomorrow’s Hearing @ Ouachita Court

08/19/2015

Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear for a hearing scheduled in Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court in Monroe tomorrow morning.

According to a Johnny Gunter news story in the Ouachita Citizen, several judges and two local attorneys have been subpoenaed.

The hearing is on the underlying case in the controversy, Palowski v Cork.

Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) will cover tomorrow’s hearing, set for 9:30 AM at the Ouachita Parish Court House.

Hearing Thursday on Ouachita Court Coverup Case

08/17/2015

A hearing on a motion to recuse the Judges of the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court from presiding in the civil case Palowski v Cork is set for 9:30 AM, Thursday, August 20, in Courtroom Seven of the Ouachita Parish Courthouse, according to the Civil Docket published on the court’s website.

The hearing is assigned to Division G Judge Carl V. Sharp.

Palowski has asked that all the judges in the district be barred from hearing the case, and has filed a lawsuit against the judges, accusing them of a coverup of misdeeds by Court Clerk Allyson Campbell.

Palowski has also sued Campbell, claiming that she interfered with his case by destroying and concealing documents.

Last March, The Ouachita Citizen filed a criminal complaint against the court, saying that public documents were being illegally withheld.

The court’s judges retaliated, and sued the newspaper. An Ad Hoc Judge ruled against the newspaper.

Last week, The Citizen’s Johnny Gunter wrote that Sharp had not yet recused himself, but that all the other judges had done so.

See here Gunter’s news story (subscription required).

In 2003, Sharp was suspended for sixty days by the Louisiana Supreme Court for failing to decide cases in a timely manner.

See here the opinion.

Monroe City Council Tuesday

08/09/2015

The Monroe City Council will meet at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 11, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda.

Amended Suit Accuses 4th JD Judges of Felony Misprision

08/06/2015

An amended lawsuit filed last Friday by Monroe businessman Stanley Palowski accuses several judges in the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District of misprision of a felony by covering up misdeeds by court clerk Allyson Campbell.

Wrote attorneys Sedric Banks and Joseph Ward:

Thus, Palowsky submits that not only were Defendant Judges complicit in Defendant Campbell’s felonious destruction of documents, but they also schemed and conspired with her to cover up same from the tax-paying public and from litigants and their counsel. Defendant Judges’ affirmative acts to cover up Campbell’s felonious conduct amounts to misprision of a felony.

Palowsky also claims the judges are in violation of several sections of the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct.

The Ouachita Citizen’s Johnny Gunter had this story in today’s edition of that newspaper:

Palowsky sues district court judges, too (subscription required)

See here the amended complaint.

The pleading ends with this cryptic sentence:

At this time, Plaintiff seeks no relief under any federal law.

You will never, ever read about any of this in The Mayo Mouthpiece.


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