Concerned Citizens of St TammanyOrganization
Supreme Court of Louisiana
District Attorney versus St. Tammany Parish Government will be heard on April 30th, 2018 at the Louisiana Supreme Court. For all those interested in attending and want to car pool, please email CCST OR MESSENGER us on Facebook.
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NOTICE period for oral argument will be allotted in the following fashion: Forty minutes divided equally between the opposing parties in lawyer discipline cases and all criminal cases except capital cases; Sixty minutes divided equally between the opposing parties in civil cases and Judiciary Commission matters; Eighty minutes divided equally between the opposing parties in capital cases. Additional time may be allotted, but only for good cause upon request made in advance of argument.
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
2:00 P.M. SESSION
ALL COUNSEL ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO THE COURT CRIER FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES PRIOR TO THE CONVENING OF COURT
2017-C-1811 WARREN MONTGOMERY, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR ST. TAMMANY PARISH VS. ST. TAMMANY PARISH GOVERNMENT, BY AND THROUGH THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH COUNCIL; AND PATRICIA "PAT" BRISTER, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS PARISH PRESIDENT
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEAL, FIRST CIRCUIT, PARISH OF ST. TAMMANY
A retired Judge will be assigned as Justice ad hoc, sitting for Guidry, J., recused in case number 2017-C-1811 only.
JONES WALKER LLP,
Edward Hart Bergin,
James Conner Percy,
Justin John Marocco;
FAUSTERMANN LAW FIRM, LC,
William J. Faustermann, Jr.;
ROSS F LAGARDE, APLC,
Ross Forrest Lagarde;
STANLEY, REUTER, ROSS, THORNTON & ALFORD, LLC,
Richard Charles Stanley,
Benjamin P. Kahn;
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary board has disbarred Attorney William Magee, former law partner of Judge Mary Devereaux. This case has taken over three year...s to wind through the system and it is unlikely that the victims of his crime will ever be truly made whole. The case is an excellent example of everything that is wrong with the legal system in St. Tammany Parish and the State of Louisiana, but a small step was taken nonetheless. Magee was charged with:
In three transactions between 1999 and 2001, the Respondent, William Magee, sought to obtain the ownership of St. Tammany properties belonging to absentee owners without a credible factual or legal basis for doing so. To that end, he created fictitious quitclaim deeds from his corporate alter ego (Hickory Glade, Inc.) purporting to convey to himself three St. Tammany Parish properties. 1 He
then signed the deeds using the name of his Hickory Glade co-owner, Timothy Dunaway, as "seller," without Dunaway's consent, and affixed his own signature to the documents as "buyer," all with the evident intention of having the documents
suggest that the transfers were routine "arm's length" transactions.
He filed the fabricated quitclaims into the public records, later citing them as evidence of legitimate property transfers to obtain dispositive title from the courts. He then proceeded to file default judgment proceedings against the properties (and the owners in absentia) in the 22nd JDC using the curatorship
provisions of the Civil Code to obtain judgments, with the result that none of the record owners were ever advised or made aware of Respondent's intended acquisition oftheir property, and all in knowing violation of RPC 8.4(c). In court
proceedings, he also failed to disclose to the tribunals the false nature of the quitclaim deeds and falsely claimed an ownership interest in the properties in knowing violation ofRPC 3.3(a) and (d).
Respondent then sold the properties to third parties without disclosing the resulting defects in title to prospective purchasers. Those purchasers in turn conveyed the properties to other innocent purchasers, who discovered that when
they attempted to sell the property, the defects in title created by Respondent's actions prevented them from doing so."