Councilman Aaron Lawler, never reticent to inflate (and conflate) issues beyond any sense of proportion, took to the grandstand on Wednesday to chastise a 35-year volunteer of Ascension Youth Basketball Association (AYBA). Carl Seiner, who was out sick when it occurred, failed to ban Jermaine Miles from the league’s tryouts last Saturday. Miles was arrested on in 2019, subsequently charged by Bill of Information on January 13, 2020 with five counts (two alleged victims) of Molestation of Juveniles.
Miles’ attorney…none other than that other council grandstander, District 4 Councilman Corey Orgeron.
Carl Seiner appeared before Wednesday’s Recreation Committee to be lectured to by Councilman Lawler though, to his credit, Seiner wasn’t having it. To be clear, NO ONE is claiming that Miles should be allowed to participate in AYBA with these pending charges, least of all Carl Seiner who assured:
“If I had been there, and I saw Jermaine there, the first thing I would’ve asked him was, ‘Jermaine, is your case over, because I have not talked to you in two years. If he would have said ‘no,’ I would’ve asked him to go home.”
And, asking him to leave may have been all that Carl Seiner could have done given that he has no more enforcement power than any other citizen. AYBA, while a longstanding volunteer organization, is not even incorporated (not that corporate status would vest any more authority, in and of itself, than it has now). According to Seiner, both Miles and Corey Orgeron have stated there are no bail conditions prohibiting Miles’ presence at AYBA’s event.
Which appears to be the case, at least with regard to bond paperwork. District Attorney Ricky Babin has stated there may have been verbal conditions when Jermaine Miles’ initial bond ($1 million) was reduced to $50,000 on November 26, 2019. Former 23rd JDC Judge Jessie LeBlanc initially set Miles’ bond, $200,000 for each of five counts. When Orgeron filed for the reduction it was allotted to Judge Alvin Turner’s Division E and came up for hearing on December 18, 2019.
The notation on Miles’ Notice of Arraignment stated:
“Judge LeBlanc’s Bond reduced to $50,000 in court. Judge Turner ordered release from jail and bond to be posted by December 20, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.”
Miles was released prior to the posting of a property bond, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. on December 19, 2019. The matter is pending in Division E, with an eighth Trial Status having been scheduled for November 15, 2021. There is no indication that a trial date has been set in the Clerk of Court website records.
Judge Turner’s son Travis, the third attorney on Ascension’s Council, got involved on Wednesday when he blasted Lawler for his mistreatment of Carl Seiner.
“You’re lying, Aaron!…You just want to grandstand for the TV, but don’t attack (volunteers)…What you’re trying to do is embarrass these people.”
And the coincidences don’t end there. The Council’s Legal Adviser is Kenneth Dupaty who is also the prosecuting attorney in State of Louisiana v. Jermaine Miles.