Monday, March 7, 2011

Canton heats up

The MC Herald recently reported WMGO station manager Jerry Lousteau was convicted in Canton Municipal Court of disturbing the peace after charges were filed against him by a Canton alderwoman's mother:

"Jerry Lousteau of WMGO pleaded no contest in Canton Municipal Court today on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. His attorney, Kevin Broughton, said he intends to appeal to County Court. He was fined $223.50.

“This is a politically motivated charge,” Broughton said. “We want a public trial hat goes by the rules and where a judge is not under political pressure.”

The charge against Lousteau was filed by Aimee Gilkey, the mother of Canton Alderman Eric Gilkey in August 2009.

Lousteau said three months earlier, on municipal election day in Canton, he went by Gilkey's house to ask why absentee ballots cast by nine people listed her address.

He said he stood in the street as he talked to her in what he called a “very calm” manner.

“About the third question in, she realized who I was,” and went into the house, leaving him in the street, Lousteau said.

Broughton said Lousteau did not get notice of a court appearance until September 2010. At that time, Broughton said he worked out a verbal agreement with then-Municipal Judge Kelsey Rushing to move the case to Madison County Justice Court since a city official was involved. About a month later, Rushing was removed as municipal judge, Broughton said."

Question for the legal beagles that read this site. Why didn't the judge transfer it to another court? It would also be interesting to examine the voter rolls to see if indeed there were more than a few absentee ballots from the same address. Interesting stuff.


Ironghost said...

See, it's not corruption if it happens in Canton. Just how "things get done".

Anonymous said...

This is how things are done in Canton. Especially for one of Paul Griffin's people. Gilkey and Griffin were right in the middle of the flap with the Madison County Citizens Service Agency a couple of years ago.

J. Kev said...

Why wouldn't a judge transfer this case? Two reasons.

1. To do so will get you fired. See Kelsey Rushing.

2. To transfer the case would allow cross-examination on exactly why nine different people with three last names listed the home of an Alderman's mom as their address on election day 2009. Here's hoping whichever County Court judge gets the case will find that relevant.

And there's more to come. The police chief is trying to run Mr. Lousteau out of business with an attempted boycott.

Anonymous said...

Its a race for the bottom.

Hinds County

Anonymous said...

and what do those 3 have in common, hmmm...

Anonymous said...

Of all the bad things in Canton, Jerry is bright spot. He does a good job in trying to expose the rampant corruption and elected-official abuse in Canton and Madison County. This conviction is a product of that decay from within. I will look forward to hearing the appeal.

J. Kev said...

Here's what a lot of people don't understand. When a city fires a judge -- who had just assumed office by the way -- for one decision, the city becomes the judge. That's unconstitutional.

One alderman said in executive session that if what Kelsey Rushing did was so wrong, then why not report him to judicial performance and the bar?

But they didn't want to do that, for some reason. That place is a cesspool, run by thugs.

Anonymous said...

Seems I would get a better Lawyer Mr Lousteau. You got a complete nut case on your hads dealing with Kevin Broughton.

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