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  • Elliott Stonecipher

Thursday, April 13, 2017 … 7:35 A.M.

My lawsuit against the Caddo Parish Commission is headed back to the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport … but notably differently, this time.

A three-judge panel of that Court ruled last Friday that neither I nor any other Caddo Parish citizen has the right to force repayment by Caddo Commissioners of taxpayer money they have taken from us.

The Court quite literally ruled that only those who violated Louisiana law and the Louisiana Constitution – Caddo Commissioners – have a legal “right” to force the issue. (Yes, you read it correctly.)

The three-judge panel issued that shocking decision regardless that Commissioners (a) have steadfastly refused for more than two years to give us our money back, and (b) have spent at least $150,000 more of our money – we believe just under $175,000 – for three outside attorneys to make very sure these pols get to keep our money.

MUCH DIFFERENTLY this time, my lawsuit partner Whitney Pesnell will quickly ask for the appeal to be heard “en banc” … before all nine (9) 2nd Circuit Court judges.

(I thank Jason Brown for reaching out to me on this subject.)

Should such prove necessary, the next appeal will be to the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Simultaneously, I am working to confirm whether or not some Caddo Parish Commissioners have emptied their CPERS accounts.

The money in those accounts IS the self-pay theft at issue in all of this litigation and other work.

Those accounts were supposed to have been “frozen” by Commission staff until a final judicial determination of the matter … a determination which certainly has NOT been made.

Certainly, former Commissioner Ken Epperson has withdrawn over $10,000 from his CPERS account. In question is whether or not former Commissioners Stephanie Lynch and Mike Thibodeaux have emptied theirs.

I have requested confirmation from the Commission. Since we were never allowed even routine legal discovery in our lawsuit, many like questions have been completely stonewalled.

Commissioners, by virtue of their illegal CPERS accounts, have never paid into Social Security as they were and are legally required to do.

How such CPERS withdrawals are treated in that context would seem very much an issue for Commissioners.

Commission top staffer Woody Wilson has contended the CPERS accounts were frozen after a February 2015 warning letter by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

I will soon follow-up with details of the nearly $350,000 in all Caddo Commissioner CPERS accounts.


KSLA-TV investigative reporter Victoria Shirley has a new piece out about BPPJ members going to Washington Mardi Gras on the taxpayers’ dime.

That practice is as old (and abusive of citizens) as they get, but the news obviously hasn’t made it everywhere.

I thank Ms. Shirley for asking me to comment, and I urge everyone to read / watch her excellent report:


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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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