Nov 13, 2010 10:41 PM by Andrea Babin
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Mike Brown, former assistant warden of the
Assumption Parish jail, will be tried on a malfeasance charge in in
St. John the Baptist Parish rather than Assumption.
District Judge Guy Holdredge granted the change of venue Tuesday
at the request of both prosecutors and defense lawyers, court
records show. Both sides cited political intrigue and pretrial
No trial date has been set on the charge, which accuses Brown of
letting two trusties - a convicted killer and a sex offender -
leave the jail in a parish vehicle in 2008.
Authorities claim Brown called a Thibodaux police officer, who
notified the Daily Comet before telling Assumption Sheriff Mike
Waguespack and other parish officials that the inmates were on the
way to Thibodaux.
Waguespack says they plotted to discredit him through news
reports of the inmates' junket. Some former employees say
Waguespack routinely allowed such practices; the sheriff denies it.
Brown has sued Waguespack, alleging he was fired unjustly.
Waguespack declined comment on trial and lawsuit.
The Thibodaux police officer, Rodney Rhodes, is no longer on the
force. He was also charged with malfeasance and is suing Waguespack
and the city, claiming he was forced to resign.
The charge against Rhodes accuses him of lying to superiors
about the inmates' trip.
The trusties were arrested without incident and are now in the
custody of the Louisiana Department of Corrections.