In our last Sound Off Louisiana feature, founder Robert Burns covered disturbing quotes made by attorney Larry S. Bankston on FBI wire taps during its investigations of him for bribery and racketeering.
The FBI investigation culminated in Bankston being sentenced to 41 months in Federal prison (he served 33) and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
In the latest Sound Off Louisiana feature, Burns addresses a question he gets asked more than any other entailing Bankston, and that is how Bankston managed to get his law license reinstated:
Burns highlights 18 of the “character letters” supplied to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and Louisiana Supreme Court in order for convicted felon Larry S. Bankston to have his law license reinstated.
Supporting Documentation and Links:
STRONG dissent of Richard Gerard, Jr. entailing reinstating Bankston’s law license.
Individual Bankston Character Letters:
Alton Ashy (prominent lobbyist and close friends with Gov. John Bel Edwards)
—- Excerpt of previously-sealed document in CNSI civil trial wherein Alton Ashy purportedly threatens to “cut Neal Patel’s legs off.”
—- Excerpt from Hayride article in which it is stated that no other outside party has visited JBE in the Governor’s Mansion more than Ashy.
—- Note: CLICK HERE for full Hayride article (see 2nd paragraph above Attorney General Jeff Landry’s letter).
—- Note: CLICK HERE for another Hayride article focusing on Bankston and allegations of bid rigging entailing the current flood relief contract.
Anthony Marabella (defense attorney for Carl Cleveland, Bankston co-defendant who was sentenced to over 10 years in Federal prison).
Glenn Ansardi (State Rep. from Kenner for 24 years, including Bankston’s tenure in the Louisiana Senate — now a 24th District State Judge).
Greg Barrow (Louisiana Senate colleague of Bankston during his tenure as a State Senator).
Michael Beycock (son of the legendary late Shelly Beycock, Edwin Edwards’ Executive Counsel, political consultant with Bankston and ran his Louisiana Senate campaign).
T. Dennis Bickham (legislative aide for Bankston in the Louisiana Senate and a client entailing his deceased father’s estate).
Armand Brinkhaus (Louisiana Senate colleague serving with Bankston during his tenure in the Senate).
Timothy G. Burns [former Louisiana State Representative (R-Mandeville)]. No relation to Robert Burns, founder of Sound Off Louisiana!
Michael Cross (former Louisiana State Senator and colleague of Bankston during his tenure in the Louisiana Senate).
Randy Ewing (former Louisiana State Senator and colleague of Bankston during his tenure in the Louisiana Senate).
Robert L. “Bobby” Freeman (Louisiana Lieutenant Governor during the Dave Treen administration
from 1980-1984 and EWE’s third term of ’84 – ’88).
Donald G. Kelly (former Louisiana State Senator and colleague of Bankston during his tenure in the Louisiana Senate).
Charles J. Melancon (former U. S. Representative who was quickly ousted as Gov. Edwards’ Commissioner of Wildlife and Fisheries).
Judy Smart (friend and coworker for seven years).
Thomas Sova (financial advisor).
Mitchell Wood and Simon Pham (Architects).
Additional Bankston Character Letters:
Lawsuit filed by IEM, bidder who finished in first place on Louisiana’s flood relief contract, after Bankston issued an “advisory opinion” disqualifying the first and second place bidders while conveniently failing to disclose his son’s interest in the third-place bidder.
So, based largely on the foregoing letters, Bankston is now rewarded as legal counsel for the Amite River Basin Commission, the Auctioneer Licensing Board, and the Louisiana State Board of Contractors. Arguments can be made that Bankston had no business obtaining any of these contracts (a view expressed vehemently by Attorney General Jeff Landry), and perhaps the most recent flood recovery contract may well be Bankston’s waterloo, particularly with U. S. Senator John Kennedy, a potential candidate for Governor in 2019, having referred to Edwards’ handling of the matter as “a three-stooges like performance.”
Entailing Kennedy’s point regarding his colleagues reading newspapers and blogs, as evidenced by this Jackson, Mississippi blog post, word gets around far more widely than was the case several decades ago. Trying to convince other U. S. Congressmen to go along with additional flood relief dollars is a job made tremendously more difficult when those Congressmen read about the corruption that is so rampant in Louisiana entailing FEMA-related disbursements. Simply put: Louisiana needs to eliminate a serious credibility problem and perception which it has justifiably earned among national lawmakers if it expects to obtain additional flood relief dollars. It is as simple as that.
[Note: For viewers curious entailing the alleged threat by Alton Ashy referenced above, visit our 3rd in a series of former AG James D. “Buddy” Caldwell entailing “outrageous witness tampering.”]
We look forward to delivering part three of our series on Larry S. Bankston, during which Burns will present first-hand knowledge of Bankston’s propensity to cram corruption straight down the public’s throat. It’s a feature you will NOT want to miss.
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