Three weeks from now, millions of Americans will be introduced to “Cajun Justice” on A&E. I encourage you to read my post on why this TV show is/was/will forever be a terrible idea.
The Cajun culture has already been raped enough by outsiders looking to make a quick buck. A&E’s show promises to be no different, with its laughable references to treacherous swamplands and “Rougarous” and bloated comparisons of Terrebonne Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois to a king.
The cable channel’s likening of Bourgeois to a king seemed oddly fitting today after my old newspaper broke a story that he intervened during a DWI arrest involving an alleged drunk man driving a golf cart. It turned out the suspect’s family donated to Bourgeois’ election campaign four years ago.
Regardless why Bourgeois asked his deputy to “give the man a break” the sheriff’s involvement suggested impropriety (i.e., he appeared to have repaid a favor for a family member of a political backer). I understand authorities have discretion, but you can rest assured Bourgeois would not have otherwise leaned on his deputy for any Average Joe facing a DWI charge.
You can also rest assured Bourgeois’ intervention was not representative of “Cajun Justice.” This incident made me wonder how many other times Bourgeois rescued political friends from legal trouble.
The sheriff’s retirement officially begins June
31 30. It should start sooner. Vernon Bourgeois should put an end to this undignified train wreck, and resign as sheriff. The people of Terrebonne Parish need someone who will represent their best interests onscreen and off.