Category: Caddo Parish District Attorney

WILL NEW YORK BILLIONAIRE GET STEWART ELECTED DA?

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Even the most casual TV viewer has probably notice a heavy, heavy deluge of James Stewart for DA commercials that started in the last week. And there’s good reason—a $256,000 has been dumped by an out of state liberal into the Stewart campaign. How Caddo voters will react to this astonishing development is a question that will be answered on Saturday October 24.

George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA
George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA

George Soros is a self-made billionaire known for spending megabucks to influence politics and his personal agenda. Soros traditionally supported Democratic candidates and liberal causes. To date, he had not dabbled in Louisiana politics—but now he has in a big way. Soros is controversial to say the least, and the Hungarian transplant to New York City has now formed the largest PAC (political action committee) ever founded in Northwest Louisiana—and reportedly is dedicated totally to funding Stewart’s campaign.

The PAC—Louisiana Safety & Justice—was registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State on October 7. The registration lists Lee Jeter of Bossier City as the Read more

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My Response to Soros Money

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Casey Simpson Candidate for Caddo DA
Casey Simpson
Candidate for Caddo DA

by Casey Simpson

Tragically, our Constitution means little. Unlimited cash donations to candidates could kill our hopes and dreams – dreams that once thrived until greed and evil penetrated the veil of protection our Constitution once provided those of us among the labor class and common good people of America, and Caddo Parish in this instance – those of us who, in the old country from which we won independence, would have been servants, commoners and the bourgeoisie. Our country’s health, wealth, success and happiness depend first on the general will of the people, in order to have a more perfect Union.

Great Success!
Great Success!

I admire Mr. George Soros’ success, his escape from Nazi occupied Hungary, and his philanthropy to positively affect the world. Mr. Soros is an expert at making money. However, I have utter contempt for his deviant effort to meddle with Caddo Parish Criminal Justice. He is not a criminal justice expert. He is not a Caddo Parish expert. He is not an expert on what we here in Caddo Parish experience. He is not an expert on Read more

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MORE QUESTIONS– STEWART, LINN, ESCUDE, CAWTHORNE & HATFIELD

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Opinion by John Settle

With the October 24 primary election fast approaching, many key questions should be answered by candidates seeking votes. Some questions are new; others have been ignored by candidates.

The new question for Caddo DA candidate Stewart concerns the funding of over $37,000 by the Louisiana Safety & Justice PAC money paid for TV advertising on KTBS. This PAC is chaired by Lee Jeter of Bossier City; Shreveport attorney Herschel Richards is the treasurer and Sherry Kerr is listed as an officer. These ads run through October 19; whether or not this PAC will purchase more ads for Stewart before the October 24 election is unknown. What IS known is that this is the largest purchase by a local PAC of TV advertising by a local candidate in Shreveport’s history; what other campaign expenses the PAC is underwriting for Stewart is not Read more

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Time for a Change of Culture

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Lee Harville Candidate for Caddo DA
Lee Harville
Candidate for Caddo DA

by Lee Harville

Thirteen days from our election, 60 Minutes decides to run the story of Glen Ford, Marty Stroud, and current Caddo Parish District Attorney Dale Cox.  The timing of the release of this story, which appears to have been in the can for some time, is questionable. However, its message is loud and clear.  

No matter your view of this story or of the current administration or those who have been part of it, something has to change. Because of the leadership at the DA’s office, we, including hard working and honest prosecutors and police officers,  are viewed with disdain and distrust by those beyond our borders and by a good number of those within our parish.  In large part, this is because the current DA sees a system of justice that is incompatible with fundamental fairness, constitutional rights, and compassion.

Prosecution
        It was about winning

This story is at the heart of what is wrong with Read more

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Blogging Truth – Journalism 101

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"Idealistic" Forward
“Idealistic” Forward

by Marion Marks

When Forward-Now.com was established the founders determined several philosophical boundaries, or mission principles that have evolved over the history of the blog. Among these principles was the basic fact that no articles could be published without basis in fact or a belief that any article published must contain some factual information which could be documented or was in the realm of public knowledge factually accurate*.

rewrites 4As the readership expanded, and with pressure for accuracy and validity, it was determined that NO articles would be published that did not credit a specific author, regardless of the credibility of the story. Accountability today is a principle we believe necessary to preserve the integrity of the site as well as those who contribute to Read more

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DA CANDIDATE STEWART TOP TRAVEL SPENDER WHILE JUDGE

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015While a judge on Shreveport’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals, James Stewart enjoyed traveling on the taxpayer’s dime—in a big, big way. In fact his travel/education expenses from July 2011 through July 2015 totaled $54,183. The average expenses of the other 8 judges on this court was only $14,719.

Stewart obviously enjoyed his travels while a judge so much so that he spent a week in Los Angeles in July of this year—less than a month before his DA race declaration. He also traveled to such great vacation destinations as Destin, Las Vegas, Miami, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Read more

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The Man in the Arena Deserves Recognition – And Accountability

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Caddo Sheriff, Commission & DA in Focus

by Marion Marks

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, 1910 [whole speech]

Ethis? Moral? DUH!
Ethics? Moral? DUH!

What we find today is that too many political candidates are characterized by their over-powering ego, power seekers and greed-driven supporters who fail the test of a moral compass. No person who actively engages in the daily Read more

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The Wind of Change in Caddo is Based on National Temperament

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ill_windsby Marion Marks
Stewart Video of Today!

Lou Burnett leads today’s FaxNet with Not a good time for incumbents,” and no truer words could be spoken based on national sentiment shown for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. In previous elections, both would probably have had supporters, but the wave of anti-status quo is rampant nationally.

Burnett goes on to relate that “in years past, incumbent office holders could reasonably expect to get a free ride to re-election. But the mood of voters has changed, which resulted in opposition for many incumbents.” Incumbent John Escude has positioned himself as potentially the poster-child to not even make the run off. Both challengers to Escude have far more positivity, organization, financial supporters and experience in problem solving to match against the self-serving record Read more

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Caddo School Audit Reveals Substantial Deficiencies in Construction Project Expenditures

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015It’s a good thing that a recent internal audit of the Caddo School Board’s Capital Construction and Projects Department (CCPD) surfaced this August—versus last year this time when the School Board was pushing the renewal of a school tax bond. This report should cause some concern by the School Board, which after the last Board election has operated as a rubber stamp for Superintendent Goree. However many skeptics doubt that the 2014 Bond defeat has changed much of the tax and spend mentality on Midway. [[2015 Internal Audit from CPSB]]

Patrick Williams SPECIAL!
Very SPECIAL!

At the time of the audit, the CCPD had 138 special projects for the 2014/2015 fiscal year; these projects are typically not approved by the Board. A review of 20 of these revealed serious problems: no documentation as to who requested or approved the project; no contracts, or proof of insurance or performance bonds in the Read more

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The Caddo District Attorney’s Office – MAKING JUSTICE WORK –

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By Restoring Accountability, Integrity and Transparency!

Systematic reform
Systematic reform

[Editor’s NOTE: The following article exceeds the allotted one-per-week, but it was submitted earlier and is being released at filing dates to make readers aware of the importance of this election.] –This is NOT a candidate endorsement.]

We currently have a District Attorney’s Office that is badly in need of reform. The Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal have issued numerous opinions rebuking the District Attorney’s Office for violating constitutional, procedural, and evidentiary rules. In several cases, including two death penalty cases, convictions were overturned on account of this. Violations include the withholding of evidence that was favorable to the accused, the introduction of evidence the prosecutor knew or should have known was not proper, and the systematic exclusion from jury service of members of a minority group.

We will put an end to these and all other practices that are unethical, divisive, or wasteful.

We Pledge!
We Pledge!

We pledge to you that we will:

1. Insist on absolute justice and the highest standard of ethical conduct; unethical or illegal conduct will result in immediate firing.
2. Seek the death penalty in a manner that is meaningful, open, and
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