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Monday, May 4, 2009

Judge Arrested for Taking Cash From Lawyers Wanting Good Bail

Arrested La. judge involved in big cases
UPI - May 3, 2009 

A suburban New Orleans judge arrested on corruption charges had been involved in some of St. Bernard Parish's most infamous legal cases, observers say. Judge Wayne Cresap, 62, was taken into custody last month and charged with allegedly pocketing payoffs from two lawyers in return for granting their criminal clients bail on less-restrictive signature bonds, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Sunday. Cresap was no stranger to controversial cases in the Louisiana parish, the newspaper said. For instance, in 2002 and 2003 he was at the center of a notorious case in which litigants battled over the estate of Arlene Meraux, the heiress of St. Bernard land baron Joseph Meraux, estimated to be worth $250 million. He was rebuked by the Louisiana Supreme Court for his behavior in a massive, politically charged case that pitted the state against oyster harvesters in 2002, the Times-Picayune said. "He was never one to shy away from those controversial type of cases," said attorney John Finckbeiner Jr., who moved his practice to the French Quarter after 2005 but tries numerous cases in St. Bernard Parish.


Anonymous said...

What's the problem? This how things get done.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much the Orange County Judges in Goshen are charging?

Anonymous said...

Hey, the guy has to make a living, give him a break that's the way its done in Westchester so what could be wrong?

Anonymous said...

how much will his lawyer pay to get him lower bail?
they never change/as old as the oldest profesion

Anonymous said...

Just what's the problem here? Hey the poor Judge has to make a living! So what's wrong with him/she making a little on the side or both sides for that matter.

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