Judge finds no probable cause in delaHoussaye case
LIVINGSTON - A judge found no probable cause in the case against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye Monday.
On his way out of the courthouse, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux had choice words for the judge.
"Just because they wear black robes doesn't mean they're always right," he said.
Prosecutors tried to paint a picture showing how delaHoussaye was elsewhere when he was supposed to be working. Prosecutors went through each of the 59 counts with its witness, Inspector General's investigator Jessica Webb.
Webb said on the stand that delaHoussaye spent time at a golf club eating and drinking, tanning at a gym, working for another business and getting Botox and liposuction at an anti-aging clinic, all while logging hours for the same time for Livingston Parish.
DelaHoussaye was under contract by Livingston Parish from October 2009 to September 2011 and made $145 an hour for work during Hurricane Gustav.
Defense attorney John McLindon says poked holes in the prosecutions case that didn't involve interviews with key players like Mike Grimmer, the parish president at the time. McLindon also argued that delaHoussaye was an independent contractor and the Inspector General's office can't investigate a private person.
"Now you've had a jury find no probable cause, and now you've had a judge find no probable cause so I think it shows that the case is not that strong," said McLindon.
McLindon credited delaHoussaye with working long hours that consisted of attending parish council meeting and late-night e-mails and phone calls for work. The defense also aimed to discredit the witness' investigation into delaHoussaye's schedule.
Despite the no probable cause ruling Perrilloux's office will go forward with prosecution.
"I can't explain that. I don't know why," said McLindon. "I hope that we can all sit down actually. I hope we have the opportunity to sit down and resolve this thing. That would be the best thing to do, because we're wasting a lot of taxpayer dollars on this."