On May 18 Corey Orgeron was found GUILTY of Simple Battery committed against his former client, Roydall Lumar during an October 15 at his Prairieville law office. Lumar was also found guilty of Simple Battery against Orgeron after a trial in Ascension Parish Court earlier. Orgeron is seeking appellate relief to undo the conviction.
“I still haven’t recovered from it emotionally,” Orgeron testified of the altercation two months ago. “The nightmares have finally gone away.”
Not fully recovered (or just plain incompetent), he erroneously filed a MOTION FOR APPEAL on June 9 which was denied by Judge Erin Lanoux. The wrong procedural filing to trigger appellate review of the misdemeanor conviction, Orgeron was allowed to rectify his error. The pleadings included:
“That on May 18, 2022, the Appellant was found guilty in the Parish Court of Ascension Parish on the charge of Simple Battery and the Appellant is aggrieved by the Judgment of the Court. The Appellant was sentenced to 60 days deferred, 90 days supervised probation and fine and costs of $285.00 on the Simple Battery charged.
“(Orgeron) initially filed a notice of appeal on May 23, 2022, by mistake instead of a Notice of Intent to File Writ of Review. (Orgeron) received notice on June 20, 2022 that the trial court denied the motion. Pursuant to Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Article 912.1(C), Defendant is entitled to a Writ of Review of the trial court’s judgment of conviction and all other rulings during the criminal trial. Said Writ of Review shall be accompanied by a complete record of all evidence upon which the judgment is based. (Orgeron) now desires that the Motion for Appeal be converted to a Notice of Intent and that a return date be set accordingly.”
Orgeron requested an “extension of time” necessitated by his failure to plead appropriately. The Court extended the “return date for Defendant, Corey Orgeron to file his Application for Writs with the appellate court” to July 21, 2022. Given his performance to date, Orgeron might want to think about hiring another lawyer.
This marks a second time representing himself, neither having gone very well.
On August 20, 2021 Judge Tess Stromberg ruled that Councilman Corey Orgeron was responsible for attorney’s fees incurred by Ascension President Clint Cointment to defend a frivolous lawsuit. Judge Stromberg dismissed Orgeron’s claims which “were not reasonably grounded in Ascension Parish’s Charter” when he purported to act on behalf of the entire Parish Council. 11 months later and Orgeron has yet to pay the fees, borne by Ascension taxpayers.
On February 16 it was determined that Cointment’s fees ran to $9,896.10. Orgeron has yet to satisfy the debt.