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May 21st, 2013

ATRA Ally Calls out Louisiana Attorney General for Pay-to-Play ‘Buddy Sytem’

An investigative report by a New Orleans television station has turned up the heat on Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his so-called “Buddy System,” wherein his big campaign contributors not so coincidentally get the lion’s share of no-bid contracts for litigation work on behalf of the state.

WWL-TV’s David Hammer interviewed ATRA ally Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and relied on her extensive research into Caldwell’s ethically challenged and possibly unconstitutional practice of hiring his political patrons to do lucrative legal work for the state.  Hammer’s enlightening report is available below:

 

ATRA president Tiger Joyce also appears in Hammer’s report at the 3:36 mark, questioning the no-bid element of the much criticized Buddy System.

Amazingly enough, when confronted by Hammer with court transcipts that indicate one of his high-priced hired guns had fallen asleep during proceedings in the state’s lawsuit against BP for the Gulf oil spill,  AG Caldwell said he wasn’t bothered and then suggested falsely that the judge had fallen asleep, too.

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