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Sheila (wife) & Gerard Dugué

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[Note: As of Monday, January 23, 2012, the trial of retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) began. As spokesman for the Dugué family, Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the truth regarding the innocence of Sgt. Dugué in the post Katrina Danziger Bridge incidents. Now, follow the blow-by-blow action as Dr. Carr supplies an article summarizing the courtroom proceeding at the end of each day. Read what cannot be said in a court of law, but can be espoused in the court of public opinion.] 

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The Trial of Gerard Dugué (Day 1)

Prosecution witness clears Dugué

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by Firpo Carr

Online Sentinel International

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January 23, 2012, Los Angeles, California--The unwarranted sham trial of retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officially got underway today with the paneling of six women and six men to serve as jury. Despite efforts on both sides to postpone the trial, the wise, honorable, justice-loving U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt would have none of it.

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Not only did he deny their requests, he predicted the trial to last no more than two weeks. Judging from the first day, this may be a generous estimate. This is the same wonderful judge who ripped into the prosecution, shooting down a number of their motions, and who lambasted FBI procedures during the investigation, telling one agent that he had to be "the worst note-taker in the history of the FBI."

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Embattled "Bobbi" Bernstein?: According to The Times-Picayune, Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein opened for the prosecution saying that NOPD officers guilty of the shootings and subsequent cover-up of the Danziger Bridge incident just after Hurricane Katrina, "almost got away with it because of this man, Gerard Dugué."

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Indeed, this is the same Gerard Dugué that's responsible for the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln. But all this pales in significance to the fact that it was this selfsame utterly notorious, unrepentant and dubious Gerard Dugué that actually framed Roger Rabbit.

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Amazingly, he got away with all these misdeeds. But thanks to Bernstein, he just "almost got away with" the Danziger Bridge debacle.  Thank God for Bobbi Bernstein. What would we do without this woman?

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After using the horrific actions of guilty officers for her own self-serving purposes, Bernstein charged that Dugué blatantly ignored information he knew to be fabricated by guilty officers, and thereafter proceeded to cover these inconsistencies up by submitting a false police report.

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Dugué's confident and aggressive defense attorney, Claude Kelly, was quick to point out during his opening statements that five NOPD officers have already been convicted in the Danziger Bridge shooting cover-up, and that an additional five others pleaded guilty, agreeing to assist the prosecution in building their case.

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"Clobbering" Claude Kelly!: Defense attorney Claude Kelly is already clobbering the prosecution! He exposed the fact that the aforementioned 10 officers ALL belonged to the NOPD's eastern New Orleans 7th District, infamously known as the "7th District clique." That's why they conspired and worked so well together in the Danziger Bridge incident. Dugué, the ultimate outsider, was not part of their mob, hence, had nothing to do with them.

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When Bernstein assailed Dugué's efforts as an investigator, "Clobbering" Claude Kelly delivered devastating knockout blows. The Times-Picayune picks up the action:


"While Bernstein lambasted Dugué's efforts as an investigator, Kelly said the work that Dugué did actually helped the federal case. His client was the first NOPD officer to order the collection of the physical evidence left at the bridge, mostly bullet casings that were eventually linked to the NOPD officers' weapons. It was Dugué who ordered that the bullets be tested, Kelly said.

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"Later, after the NOPD's official report on the case was turned into the Orleans Parish district attorney's office, Dugué continued to interview witnesses, including a State Police trooper who became an important prosecution witness during the first Danziger trial this past summer, Kelly emphasized.

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"That's ‘not the kind of action by someone covering it up,' Kelly said."

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False Charges against Dugué: Federal prosecutors filed six false counts against Dugué. Among these are "conspiracy to obstruct justice." (They've got to be kidding. Prosecutors themselves should be charged with this!) Also, "conspiracy to violate the civil rights of two men by writing a false police report." And, finally, "lying to the FBI" (who themselves, along with prosecutors, all need to be on trial!).

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However, "Clobbering" Kelly counters with the fact that Dugué never lied to the feds. He also made it clear that his client was the one that submitted to FBI interviews voluntarily, while the guilty cops all lawyered up! That's right. Gerard the Good was the ONLY one who entered talks with federal agents with a conscience so clear that soliciting the services of an attorney never even crossed his mind.

  

Prosecution Witness Clears Dugué: Prosecutors called Susan Bartholomew who, according to The Times-Picayune, is "a mother of three whose arm was blown off by a high-powered rifle during the explosions of gunfire," as their first witness. Not surprisingly, it wasn't Dugué that did the firing. He was nowhere around. She, along with her husband and teenagers, was peacefully walking across the Danziger Bridge when her family was ambushed by murderous NOPD officers. Again, the innocent and honorable Sgt. Gerard Dugué was nowhere to be found.

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The Times-Picayune continues: "Eventually, the Bartholomew family was taken to the hospital by ambulances. In the coming days, police investigators showed up at the hospital at least twice, she said. The second time, they took an intimidating posture and Bartholomew said she felt threatened."

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Since he was an investigator, was Dugué among the officers who "took an intimidating posture" that made Bartholomew feel "threatened"? "On cross-examination," says the Picayune, "Bartholomew acknowledged that Dugué was not one of the officers who came to see her."

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Stay tuned for Day 2, and for "The Tenth Plague" re-scheduled to be posted on Friday, January 27, 2012.

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ROUND 1:

"Clobbering" Claude Kelly: 1

Embattled "Bobbi" Bernstein: 0

Click here for Sgt. Gerard Dugué's background