Even more scalps on Jim Letten's* belt.
Talk about being in the pocket of the trial lawyers. A St. Bernard Parish judge and two lawyers got busted for wrecking the criminal justice system with fraud.
Here's how it works: you get arrested. Instead of pay for bond, you "hire" a lawyer. The lawyer keeps the cash and splits the fee with the judge. The judge then lets the arrested party out of jail on something called a "personal surety bond," where no money has to be put up to get out of jail. I guess doing this is cheaper than just fronting the cash or property for bond (it must be, since judges set bond, right?)
Dante will be pleased, the big fish in this case runs as a Democrat. Though I guess this one took the "change" motif to mean the change in his pocket.
(* Though seriously, Jim Letten, US Attorney for SELA, is yet another example of Obama's change I can believe in. The President kept this US Attorney for this job, despite the fact that Letten was originally a Bush administration pick. You know Bush, the one whose administration liked toying with US Attorneys for political reasons....)