First, let me address the on-going comment thread on Jim’s blog. It’s no secret that Jim has endorsed Duke Lowrie and so have I. It stands to reason that Jim’s posts would naturally be slanted towards Duke and slightly biased against Jeff Thompson. However, I’ve always known Jim to be a fair and straight-up guy in his articles by allowing opposing points of view.
With that said, everyone should keep in mind that Jim’s blog is….well….his blog. It’s not a public arena except for the fact that it is accessible from the public internet. He has every right to edit or remove any comments that he wants. If any of his readers don’t like it, then they should start their own blog. It takes about 5 minutes or less and is completely free.
As all of you know I absolutely support Duke Lowrie and have designed and built his website plus offered tech support for his campaign.
Now let’s discuss the Duke Lowrie lawsuit against trial attorney Jeff Thompson. According to the Duke Lowrie campaign and the suit, Jeff Thompson breached attorney-client privilege with the flyer. Duke is not seeking money damages – simply a retraction.
Why the breach of attorney-client privilege? During Duke’s run-in with the city, he was singled out for padding his time during training – hence Jeff Thompson’s claim of lying. Well by definition that is true since Duke claimed an additional 2 hours of time, but that was standard practice. During the conflict with Bossier, Duke sought the counsel of Jeff Thompson.
Here is the double-edged sword. Rather than publicizing this on his website, Facebook, and in a news interview, the chosen tactic was a lawsuit. This presents 2 problems. (1) Many people are seeing this as a “frivolous” lawsuit and (2) these past issues are brought to the fore-front. There is no getting around that Duke’s time was padded and he was suspended.
What is the upside? Jeff Thompson gets called out. The good ole boys aren’t used to that. Those who share a disdain of trial lawyers as politicians will view this an a “typical underhanded lawyer attempt to discredit.”
Jeff has now stated to KTBS that the information was gathered from a FOIA. He also said he was not Duke’s attorney. There are some who said those records were destroyed in a flood and aren’t accessible.
That’s where the plot thickens, and unfortunately – the sideshow continues.
UPDATE: The lawsuit has been posted by Forward-Now.com. I’ve uploaded a copy to my blog but full credit due to Forward-Now.
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