Soon after showing near-reverence to disgraced State Judge Trudy White, Louisiana Cosmetology Board quietly fines hair braiders $550 for possessing no license.

Disgraced 19th JDC Judge Trudy White

Sound Off Louisiana subscribers may recall not long back us exposing the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology (LSBC) turning a near-total deaf ear to the Institute for Justice’s (IJ’s) Lee McGrath stating his rationale for advocating that Louisiana hair braiders be allowed to practice without a cosmetology license or special permit requiring 500 hours of instruction.


Hair braiders who are practicing in Louisiana with no license or permit need to be forewarned that they likely represent yet another large pot of untapped fine money for the LSBC, which quietly demonstrated its resolve to begin capturing said fine money at its December 4, 2017 meeting.


At that meeting, the LSBC voted to accept a consent agreement for a hair braiding operation entailing two hair braiders operating with no licenses.  In the following brief video, McGrath makes some quick arguments before Louisiana House and Senate committees defending IJ’s position, followed by LSBC attorney Celia Cangelosi’s rather blasé explanation of a proposed consent agreement calling for a $550 fine for the hair braiders, followed by McGrath stating to Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Dan Martiny how successful IJ’s litigation in Federal Court in California was entailing challenging that state’s hair braiding licensure requirement:

McGrath’s arguments to Louisiana House and Senate, Cangelosi’s blasé coverage of consent agreement,
McGrath’s coverage of IJ’s California hair braiding Federal litigation.


Meanwhile, the LSBC showed near-reverence to 19th JDC disgraced District Judge Trudy White as she presented a vague proposal for having “lifers” in Louisiana’s Correctional Institute for Women provide “alternative-hair instruction”:

White making 12/4/17 presentation to LSBC in its entirety.  Note:  As outlined on the link above, White is referenced as an integral part of a “pretrial supervision scheme” wherein reference is also made to alleged RICO statute violations thereof.  Cleve Dunn, Sr., father of her campaign manager, is identified in that litigation, which was filed by the Sothern Poverty Law Center, as the primary beneficiary of that alleged “scheme.”


The preceding video is date and time stamped, and here are some interesting observations we noted and reference to the time stamp of each:


1:07:34 – White arrogantly states, “I don’t know that we need your blessing going forward, but certainly we don’t want any opposition.”

1:08:23 – White states that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson “thought well of this idea that she invited…..” (an unnamed Court of Appeal Judge who made a vague reference at the outset about the meeting being recorded).

1:09:36 – LSBC Chairman Edwin Neill, III asked an unidentified representative of the Department of Corrections about any “limitation on sharp implements.”  Shockingly, the representative indicates “there is not.”  He further states that, “for a reasonable cause, which this is, they can maybe go to a little more of a blunt scissor.”

1:11:39 – Though White’s entire outline of her proposed program is incredibly vague, she further clouds even that outline by referencing that “these are lifers.  They’re not getting out.”

1:13:56 – LSBC member James Williams makes a less-than-subtle effort to flatter White by asking about “Judge Judy.”


We at Sound Off Louisiana were utterly stunned that LSBC Chairman Edwin Neill, III would make such a huge issue of public safety entailing unincarcerated hair braiders perhaps occasionally trimming the very last inch or two of hair using scissors, yet he would cavalierly accept with no follow-up the above-referenced inquiry he made wherein “lifers” will apparently be free to utilize scissors to engage in what he clearly defines as cosmetology acts!  What a contrast!

We also would have been far more impressed with LSBC Member Williams if he’d inquired about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s references to White being an integral part of a “pretrial supervision scheme” and its references to alleged RICO statute violations thereof.  For Williams’ benefit, we provide a direct link to that litigation.

In fact, we would have shown even more respect for Williams had he directly confronted White and inquired, “Will anyone be profiting from this proposal you’re making here today similarly to the way Cleve Dunn, father of your campaign manager, did in that alleged RICO scheme I saw plastered all over the news?”

Of course, given that Williams likely doesn’t know squat about White or the alleged scheme, we’re more likely to win the next Powerball drawing purchasing only one ticket than to witness him making such an inquiry!

White, who may likely belong in Federal prison as an inmate herself for her role in Dunn’s alleged “scheme,” further disgraced herself in having to apologize to her colleagues for running the following convict-friendly campaign ad:

Disgraced Judge Trudy White’s 2014 television campaign ad.

White has also been profiled for overruling jury verdicts and, in the process, angering many black residents who were victims of violent acts, the perpetrators of whom were tried in White’s courtroom.

So the logical conclusion here is that McGrath and IJ simply don’t understand Louisiana politics. To succeed in Louisiana, one does not appear before the Louisiana House and Louisiana Senate making logical arguments. Instead, one merely seeks out a disgraced State District Judge and have her do the heavy lifting for you! As an alternative, there’s always the Federal courts as McGrath indicated had to be utilized in California. In our opinion, that’s likely a soon-to-come development in Louisiana, but then, what do we know?


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