Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rankin attorney busted.

Rankin County attorney Louis Guichet III was charged with "unlawfully, willfully,and feloniously" possessing less than 2 grams of  methamphetamine at 114 Cumberland Road.  The site is within 1500 feet of St. Marks Methodist Church.  He was charged with two counts.  Mr. Guichet practices law in Flowood. The affidavits are posted below.



58 comments:

Anonymous said...

As an atheist, I get so sick of the "within 1500 of a church" shit. In Mississippi, you are always within 1500 feet of some house of God since we have the highest church per capita in the whole world.

Anonymous said...

This is mildly interesting to me because I think I've heard of this guy before. I'm sure the lawyers are interested, but do any non-lawyers care about a meth bust?

A little help with the charges, please. So, 1) possession and 2) possession with intent to distribute for 1/10th of a gram but not more than 2 grams. Is that right? According to my superior Googling skills (not to be confused with my ogling skills), 2 grams is about the weight of two large paper clips. Where does the intent to distribute charge come in? Can we presume he tried to sell it to an undercover investigator?

Sad to see a person throw away opportunity - any opportunity - because of drugs. But it's not an excuse to start arguing that we should legalize everything.

Anonymous said...

As a non-atheist, I get so sick of atheists' intolerance for church-goers and houses of worship. Cuba and North Korea each have far fewer churches than Mississippi. Try one - you might like it.

Anonymous said...

Where are the other dozen or so peoples picture who got busted for meth in the state yesterday?

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that this snake has finally been caught! Close to a church or not, little meth or alot, doesn't matter! He is a low life person that lives a poor life style and should not be allowed to have a bar number.

Anonymous said...

Agree 2:22. I've found that the most intolerant people are those that constantly preach tolerance.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for him. Seemed pretty competent and easy to work with in bad (divorce) cases where attys usually treat each other like crap.

Anonymous said...

I am not an atheist, but I do think it is so very silly for "Christians" to insist on their right to dominate all public pollicy and then when that's not the case to whine about it and call themselves persecuted. I do "believe" that is what the atheist above finds objectionable. Me too.

Anonymous said...

If the 2 grams was in seperate bags thats intent to distribute. If it was personal it was be in one bag usually. So thats how they can throw that in.

Anderson said...

I'd be curious to see a First Amendment challenge to those "near a church" laws. I am a little puzzled how anyone in society is more injured because I have meth in my pocket near a church and not near, oh, Walmart.

But some religious people are just professionally offended. "Truly, I say unto you, they already have their reward."

Anonymous said...

"church per capita"....thinking the first poster missed the purpose of this entire blog post. If you don't like the capita ration in MS - move :-)

Anonymous said...

Actually, the religious are the most judgmental group in the world. All that love thy neighbor crap, only as long as they go to your church with you.

Anonymous said...

Been on the opposite side of him before. Seemed like a nice guy. Tough break. Hopefully, this is not a career destroyer.

Anonymous said...

This is a felony affidavit. If convicted of a felony his career is pretty much destroyed as a lawyer. Tough venue in which to be accused of a crime.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the answer @4:22.

As for the holy war that has nearly hijacked this thread, maybe we could all agree to give up the "near a church" laws on one side and the hate crime laws on the other and call it even. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I know Louis very well, and this is absolutely shocking. I hate to hear this, but even more interesting I find it almost amusing how ignorant people are of the fact that we are in the Bible belt. It's always been like this and it's prolly never gonna change. I'm the son of a southern Baptist preacher and yes there are very judgemental people associated with the "church" but that doesn't give you and reason to get on here and publically blast the church. I am glad I came across you "atheist" because now I have someone else to pray for. That's very exciting for me and several of my fellow believers who aren't judgmental, but just enjoy seeing God work in people's lives who go against him. The day of awakening is coming....

Anonymous said...

MS passed the "1500 feet of a church" amendment because of the increasing use of illegal drugs (specially meth) among Southern Baptists. I will pray for Southern Baptists.

Kingfish said...

First thought when I saw that pic was "duuuuuuh, don't you worry, don't you fear, Robin Hood will soon be here"

Anonymous said...

I could care less if anyone goes to church or has whatever faith basis they choose, just don't ask me to have the same or give you special rights over me because you believe in a God or go to church. And yes, I have to hold my tongue in public for fear that a mass of pitchforked and torch bearing locals would show up outside of my house at night, all in the name of God of course.

Justin said...

If I'm not mistaken, the "near a church" type enhancements only apply to sale or possession with intent. This could be an overcharge.

More laws keep us safe, though, right?

CRIMINALIZE ALL CONDUCT!

Justin said...

nevermind, just saw the second affidavit.

Anonymous said...

its not just churches, the statute doubles the sentence when a drug offense is within 1500 feet of a school, church, theatre, park and several other facilities.

Anonymous said...

the enhancement penalties are in place to hopefully deter the individuals from selling drugs in or around places like churches and schools.

Anonymous said...

I've worked against Louis and then had other opportunities to sit w/ him in court to chat while waiting to start the day. He was always nice and professional, so whether he loses his license or not, I hope he can at least get his life in order when this is over.

Anonymous said...

Churches are very often full of kids for daycare centers, preschools, afterschool care, Vacation Bible School, etc. This similarity to schools (i.e., full of young kids) is why schools and churches are lumped together in trying to keep kids from meth dealers. IMHO that's a valid use of laws.

Optional Celebrity Gossip section: a neighbor told me his nephew got a job in Hollywood working on the show Two and a Half Men. He couldn't understand why he had to drive Charlie Sheen to the dentist two or three times a weeks. Seems crystal meth ruins your gums no matter how much you're making ;-)

Anonymous said...

@9:37, re: full of kids--So is Chuckee Cheese and Walmart.

Anonymous said...

This is not surprising...have known him for a long time and seen his rapid decline. Hopefully this is enough of a wake-up call to clean up his life regardless of the career he has thrown away. Goes to show the law usually does catch up to you even if in that line of work.

Anonymous said...

I too have seen his rapid decline behind closed doors for the past two years.

This doesn't surprise me at all. I'm quite sure he'll minimize the whole incident as soon as people will listen .

Anonymous said...

Less than 2g? That's barely enough to be a fat sack. Pretrial diversion for 12 months, expunged, no harm no foul no felony. Write it down.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Anonymous said...

He has always been so full of HIMSELF that its about time he got what was comming to him!!

Anonymous said...

Snitch-Proof Tips for Riding Dirty

Option 1: with less than 2 grams, keep Baggie in lap with opening partially open. When you see blue lights, casually take Baggie and hold upside down from the bottom, as you begin to reduce speed. Ball up Baggie and swallow. No product, no residue, no jail.

Option 2: in shared vehicle, place product in trunk in spare tire well under spare tire, completely concealed from view. Tightly secure tire well and re-cover. If found, say "that s--t's not mine. I want a lawyer." State can't prove knowing and willful possession.

Holding is dangerous. Jail sucks. Be smart.

Shadowfax said...

This thread was a Doonesbury trip. Thanks KF.

Anonymous said...

Why in the heck is a person giving tips on "how to ride dirty" SERIOUSLY? Louis knows better, he knows how drugs kill families and their children's lives.I dont care if what he had was small and BLAH,BLAH.
He is grown...and now his family suffers for what he has done...Sad day indeed...He put himself before his kids. I hope he does Time...@ Mr. snitch...shame on you! I hope you dont have children, if so...our future is doomed!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Anonymous said...

And the self righteous flock to the scene. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

Anonymous said...

Know Louis "Joey" very well up-setting to see this happen to him. Hopefully this will be a wake up call for him to get his life on the right path. He is such a good person & he knows better than this.

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:47--go take a midol, and when you feel better, come back to the real world

Anonymous said...

i think it is funny that this has happened to him. he has always thought he was above the law. serves him right.

Anonymous said...

Churches (and some schools) are typically full of decent people. Wal-Mart usually has a meth head or two walking around at 3:00 a.m. because they can't sleep and don't have a job to wake up early for.. The laws are to keep drugs away from places where honest, productive members of society typically gather.

Anonymous said...

This has to be really embarrassing for His exwife courtney and two kids.... He wouldn't pay his child support before, guess he won't pay it at all now! Guess we know where is child support was going...

Anonymous said...

honest and productive, love it. When I was as kid, the preacher at the baptist church downtown was run off for screwing the staff. You are a moron, and thinking that by going to a church and reading proverbs you magically are better than those in Wal-mart also makes you a hypocrite. I would say that the ratio of normal to the morally FUBAR in a Wal-mart verses say your church is no different. In fact, religion attracts the wounded and guilty, so it is probably higher. Nice try, please try again.

Anonymous said...

I tend to agree with a prior commenter who believes the added penalties are to protect children. Of course, children are at other places at various times. However, at schools and church daycares and theaters, there are usually more children than responsible adults, and typically there are few parents, if any. Compare with places like Wal Mart. More times than not, if children are present, parents are, too.

Anonymous said...

7:47 "Why in the heck is a person giving tips on how to ride dirty?"

Because jail sucks, dummy.

Anonymous said...

Like clockwork out come the friends of the ex-spouse to make a "valuable" contribution to the discussion.

Anonymous said...

He was loud, obnoxious, a little mans syndrome, always the loudest in the group, hey! Look at me! How cool am I, out with a nasty scank looking stripper twenty five years younger than me.

Wow, looks like michael Guest is gona take of him.

Anonymous said...

Check Club Magoo's facebook page photos for 5/31 and you can find a few of him having a good time. He has to be the oldest guy there.

Anonymous said...

I hate to hear about this situation... I've known him for a few years and never would have put his face with this. People can say what they want or how they feel about this but true it's wrong but there are devils that go to church too. I don't judge or try to figure out why people go to certain things in life but you truly don't know how low or empty or what there personal life is. Church or Walmart or where ever.. I am sure his mind wasn't in the right place. Drugs are every were here and we are all human so give him a break....

Anonymous said...

I hate to hear about this situation... I've known him for a few years and never would have put his face with this. People can say what they want or how they feel about this but true it's wrong but there are devils that go to church too. I don't judge or try to figure out why people go to certain things in life but you truly don't know how low or empty or what there personal life is. Church or Walmart or where ever.. I am sure his mind wasn't in the right place. Drugs are every were here and we are all human so give him a break....

Anonymous said...

I hate to hear about this situation... I've known him for a few years and never would have put his face with this. People can say what they want or how they feel about this but true it's wrong but there are devils that go to church too. I don't judge or try to figure out why people go to certain things in life but you truly don't know how low or empty or what there personal life is. Church or Walmart or where ever.. I am sure his mind wasn't in the right place. Drugs are every were here and we are all human so give him a break....

Anonymous said...

Sad to say but this man defended my ex who is a known drug dealer in a family law case. He was very shady and God don't like ugly. HAHAHHAHAHAhAhAH. Which crooked lawyer or judge is next?!!!

Anonymous said...

well now i know why he couldnt pay me the money he owes me and it is a great amount of money so if you work on anything for him collect your money up front or you will never get it

Anonymous said...

I am informed that Mr. Guichet had a mandatory appearance in Circuit Court today and he was not present. Bond revoked - Bench warrant issued.

Anonymous said...

I do believe that the law pertaining to possessing drugs with intent to distribute within so many feet of a church, school or daycare is especially pertinent to poorer, run-down neighborhoods and areas where drug dealers are absolutely brazen and will not think twice about doing deals in broad daylight in church parking lots. Or worse. You have to stop and consider ALL the areas everywhere that this law covers; not just middle-class and upperscale.

Anonymous said...

Awesome prison face! I hope he rots in jail and then they feed him to the buzzards which would probably not even feed on his sorry corpse

currie said...

i hired mr guichet this year to defend me and just about the time i was to appear in court his license was suspended . i had to get a public defender . actually the public defender did a great job i got a fair judgement i got what i deserved . i had a possesion charge and i got 5 years probastion now . i am in recovery for th rest of my life i am clean and sober and it feels great . i hope guichet gets help turns himself in and get all this over with . i think he is a good man who needs direction and a life over haul . no one on here is able to throw any stones at anyone .

Anonymous said...

I grew up knowing Joey and hid folks. Just really shocked!! Hope he is caught/ found safe and returned to his current home. He has beautiful children that he needs to think about. He needs to man up.

Anonymous said...

I went to school with. Was a punk. Poor little rich boy

Anonymous said...

I went to school with him. Was a poor little rich boy. Hope they get ya Joey

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