JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court ruled State District Judge Donald “Chick” Foret to be recused from presiding over lawsuits filed against Bob Dean after he displayed bias on the bench.
During a status conference in May Judge Foret allegedly used expletives when referring to a local attorney according to court records.
According to the twenty-page court document, one of Dean’s council recalled Judge Foret called Attorney Jason Baer a “piece of s–t.”
Baer is not enrolled in the case but one of the attorneys representing Dean is Baer’s representative after he crashed a vehicle onto the judge’s property.
Days after the alleged comment was made, a motion was filed to have Judge Foret recused from the case. That motion was denied by an ad hoc judge, but the appeals court reversed that decision.
The panel was composed of Judges Jude Gravois, Robert Chairsson, and Hans Liljeberg. Attorney for the plaintiffs, Blair Constant, said he is glad that this is over so that the case can get back on track in the 24th Judicial District with Judge Michael Mentz.
“We are actually really happy with the fact that the circuit finally made a decision because what that means is that the case can finally start moving,” Mentz Canstant said.
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Dean is facing dozens of lawsuits and criminal charges after several people, that were evacuated to one of his nursing homes to ride out Hurricane Ida, died. Dean was arrested last month and is facing charges of Medicaid fraud, cruelty to the infirm, and obstruction of justice.