Perilloux loses, finds condemned killer's case file

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#1 Dec 12, 2009
Also posted at the ShreveportTimes.com with this article is the comment below:

usa4peace wrote:

I am from Tangipahoa Parish. Our family relocated to Shreveport after Katrina. My husband is a forensic pathologist and former Coroner of Tangipahoa Parish. Mr. Perrilloux took office after my husband was elected. My husband was trying to get the Coroner records from the previousl coroner and Mr. Perrilloux, who was supported by the family of Dr. Cefalu the former Coroner, refused to turn those records over to my husband. Dr. Traylor had to threaten to sue his office in Federal Court in order to get him to release those records. He did finally give my husband those records but the fact is he had no right to try to keep those records from a duly elected official in the first place. Tangipahoa Parish and the 21st Judicial District is without a doubt one of the most corrupt parishes in our state. There are some attornies from the surrounding parishes that will not take cases in the 21st judicial district. Mr. Perrilloux is a very bad man and has benefited financially from his deals.
12/12/2009 7:58:29 AM
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#2 Dec 12, 2009
Seems Perilloux got pissed that someone was asking to review the case before gerald is put to death....Livingston sure had enough time to sensor what was in the files before they are allowing LACA to review the files. Why would Perilloux care if checks and balances were in tack before taking someone else's life??? Why retaliate against other legal authorities for practicing legal rights when a life is at stake? This says too much about Perilloux's character.

At least Bourque has Ethical Values regarding the LAW.
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#3 Dec 14, 2009
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December 11, 2009
South La. DA loses, finds condemned killerís case file
By Alison Bath
alisonbath1@gannett.com
How do you misplace the case file of the first person to be executed in Louisiana in nearly eight years?
That's the question lawyers for New Orleans-based Louisiana Capital Assistance Center were asking after making a public records request to 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux in November to view condemned child killer Gerald Bordelon's case file.
"I don't know if they are trying to cover up what is in the file or if they are desperate to make sure nothing interferes with their killing party on Jan. 7, but I cannot believe they are as incompetent as this," said Richard Bourke, director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. "If it's true the district attorney has lost the file of the first person to be executed in Louisiana in seven years, doesn't that ask more questions about our process than it answers?"
Bourke also was flabbergasted by a letter Perrilloux wrote Nov. 23 to the Louisiana Public Defender Board calling the records request a "wasteful use of public funds" and urging the board to take appropriate action.
The private, nonprofit Louisiana Capital Assistance Center has a contract with the Louisiana Public Defender Board to represent indigent death row defendants. However, the group does not represent Bordelon, who retained Baton Rouge attorney Jill Craft.
"I want Perrilloux to stop targeting my office in retaliation for wanting to look at a public record," said Bourke, whose group filed a lawsuit against Perrilloux on Dec. 7 alleging violations of the state's public records laws.
A return phone call from Perrilloux revealed the files indeed were lost but staffers were working to locate them. However, the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center's request was more about pushing a political agenda than a supposed violation of the state's public records law, he said.
"This is a group that has philosophical objection to the death penalty under any circumstances," said Perrilloux, who represents Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes. "They work hard to find means to justify their end, which is to stop executions."
Perrilloux also defended the letter he sent to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. "My problem is using state money and resources on behalf of a defendant they don't represent at all."
At issue is the prosecutor's case file for Bordelon, a 47-year-old twice-convicted sex offender who was convicted in June 2006 of kidnapping, raping and killing his 12-year-old step-daughter. Bordelon vigorously has fought to waive all his appeals and proceed with his execution.
In October, the Louisiana Supreme Court said in a 50-page opinion that Bordelon could "knowingly and intelligently" waive post-verdict and post-conviction appeals. His execution is scheduled Jan. 7. The most recent execution in the state was in 2002.
Louisiana law requires public records to be made available for public inspection upon request. If a record is in use, the record custodian must identify who has the record and why and, ultimately, produce the record for inspection within three days ó a requirement Bourke says the district attorney's office did not meet.
If the requested record is protected and not subject to public inspection, the record custodian has three days to respond to the request in writing and must cite the state law that allows the record to be withheld.
All of this got me thinking, can the state execute a person without having his/her case file? What impact could the dispute have on the impending execution? And when ethics and transparency in government seem to be of paramount concern, what did Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal think about the letter Perrilloux sent to the state Public Defender Board?

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#4 Dec 14, 2009
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December 11, 2009
South La. DA loses, finds condemned killerís case file
By Alison Bath
alisonbath1@gannett.com

.......I posed those questions to Jindal, whose spokesman said the governor's office is not in the habit of commenting on issues that could result in litigation.
Likewise with my e-mail to Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell's office, a spokeswoman said the office was not involved in the issue and referred me to Perrilloux for comment.
(For the record, Perrilloux said he didn't think the lost records would impact Bordelon's pending execution.)
Two hours later, I got another call from Perrilloux, who said the records might have been found in an off-site storage facility and access most assuredly would be given to the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center.
However, district attorney staffers first would have to verify that indeed they are the correct case files. I could call back and verify the next morning, Perrilloux said.
But what about that letter sent Nov. 23 to the Louisiana Public Defender Board, was it retaliatory, I asked.
Perrilloux said no.
"If they are using public funds to do services that are not in connection with representing an indigent defendant, then I think that's wrong."
Bourke, who will not dismiss the lawsuit until the records are produced, thinks otherwise.
"The public records law deliberately is designed to stop public officials from retaliating against citizens exercising those rights or even asking them why (they want to view a record). To know that if we ask for public records our contract may be under threat has a direct chilling effect on our exercising of those rights."
Watchdog note: In an e-mail sent Dec. 10, Perrilloux confirms the records have been found and the Louisiana Captial Assistance Center has an appointment to view them on Monday.
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#5 May 30, 2011
LIV has a record for corruption throughout thier territory. Hoping the new sheriff will bring some of it to light...if he is all he's made out to be. It may be better to elect someone note so connected to the parish and dealings with the courthouse.
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Denham Springs, LA

#6 Dec 4, 2012
Still the same in Liv... Still the same.

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