On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB) stunned many observers when it severed ties with its five-year attorney, convicted felon Larry S. Bankston:
LALB meeting of 5/8/17, during which it declined to renew the legal contract of Larry S. Bankston.
During the public comment section of the preceding video, Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns referenced Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s staunch opposition to Larry Bankston serving as attorney for any board or commission.
Also, Burns stated that, “if you want to enhance the perception that you’re protecting the consumer, Mr. Bankston is not the route to go.” As a perfect example of Burns’ contention, consider the following 90-second video of an administrative hearing entailing notoriously-problematic auctioneer Ken Buhler:
LALB meeting of 5/20/13, during which Bankston essentially serves as a de facto second defense attorney for
Ken Buhler (in addition to Buhler’s own attorney, Joseph “Beaver” Brantley) rather than assuming his proper role as a prosecuting attorney for the LALB.
As is blatantly obvious from the preceding video, Bankston was far more interested in grilling Burns about his attendance at a Buhler Federal civil trial and essentially creating a perception that it was Burns, not Buhler, who is the evil one entailing the episode. Despite the fact that the trial was in mid 2011 and despite Bankston’s steadfast resolve to grill Burns about his attendance, Bankston had no interest in the fact that the result of the trial in question is that Buhler was assessed over $200,000 in judgments for the “fraudulent use of interstate commerce instrumentalities.”
To say that Bankston’s tenure as attorney for the LALB was tumultuous and clouded in repeated episodes of questionable ethics and outright efforts to fight consumers’ complaints (particularly Betty Jo Story, an 83-year-old widow, and Judy Fasola) notwithstanding his presumed role to assist with protecting the consumer is an understatement. Perhaps the episode depicted in the first video above entailing Rep. Mark Meadows simply became more than either Gov. Edwards or his board members, at least those on the Auctioneer’s Licensing Board, could endure.
The big question now: Will the Louisiana State Board of Contractors follow the LALB and vote to deny the reappointment of Larry Bankston? Flood victims, and Attorney General Jeff Landry, will likely be watching any upcoming actions entailing Bankston very closely, especially in light of the content of the first video depicted above!
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