Last fall, as the election season cranked up, state Sen. Robert Adley remonstrated greatly about the legality of an arrangement between 26th District Attorney Schuyler Marvin and one of Marvin’s assistants. In 1999, Patrick Jackson was hired as an assistant district attorney by Marvin’s predecessor. Later, he became employed by the Bossier Parish Police Jury to represent it and his private practice, which continued, was employed by the Webster Parish Police Jury, both of which comprise the district. But state law mandates, subject to exceptions that neither parish pursued nor qualified for, that the appropriate district attorney provide representation to parishes without them separately having to hire it.
This attitude doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in who is supposed to be the top legal official in the district, especially when compliance would be as simple as (their absence noted by the LLA) a record of Jackson’s activities being kept by Marvin and him evaluated by only Marvin, not the parish. In this regard, Adley can be of some assistance.