SAVE OUR WETLANDS INC. (SOWL)
1000 Bourbon St. Suite #343
New Orleans, La. 70116
April 3, 2018
Chair of Committee on Code of Conduct for Federal Judges
c/o General Counsel
Adm. Office of U.S. Courts
Thurgood Marshall Fed. Judiciary Bldg.
One Columbus Circle N.E.
Wash. D.C. 20544
Honorable Carl E Stewart
Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals
Lyle W. Cayce
Clerk of Court for U.S. Court of Appeals
Federal Bureau of Investigation
c/o Special agent in charge of New Orleans FBI New Orleans Field Office.
Eric J. Rommal
Re: Fifth Circuit Judges:
1. In violation of Judicial Code of Ethics ruling on oil-gas Bayou pipeline litigation where they have obvious ties and connections.
2. Also requesting FBI investigation of the allotment of Bayou Pipeline lawsuit by Lyle W. Cayce Clerk of U.S. Court of Appeals to these 2 oil stained Judges.
Chair of Committee on Codes of Conduct for Federal Judges &
Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit &
Eric J. Rommal, Special Field Agent in charge of New Orleans FBI Field Office &
Lyle W. Cayce,
Clerk U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit,
My name is Luke Fontana, President of Save Our Wetlands Inc. (SOWL). I am also a retired member of the Louisiana State Bar. I’m writing this letter on behalf of myself as an avid user of the Atchafalaya Basin & Louisiana Wetlands & on behalf of SOWL.
5th Circuit Judges Priscilla Owen & Edith Clement recently reversed the Injunction against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline issued by Noble U.S. Middle District Judge Shelly Dick.
Fifth Circuit Judge Eugene Davis dissented & therefore agreed with Judge Shelly Dick's injunctive relief.
The most basic Google view shows, Judges Priscilla Owen & Edith Clement appointed by oil-gas George W Bush...to have deep ties to oil & gas industry.
Under the most basic rule of conflict of interests, these 2 oil stained judges should have recused themselves under the judicial code of ethics from this most important case ...revolving around how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is destroying the coastal zone of Louisiana... and by this permit will destroy the Atchafalaya Basin= The greatest river swamp in the world.
Their refusal to recuse themselves also casts badly-scandalously on the objectively & integrity of our U.S. Fifth Circuit Judges & the entire Federal Judiciary system.
SOWL+ myself demand Owen & Clement not only be forced to recuse themselves from the Bayou pipeline lawsuit but be permanently removed as federal judges.
Finally, We request the FBI & also Lyle W. Cayce 5th Circuit Clerk to investigate how this Bayou pipeline case came to be allotted to these 2 Judges; with obvious ties & connections to the oil and gas industry.
President Save Our Wetlands. Inc