That’s what St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta is alleging. His attorney made the allegation in a court filing in Chalmette on Friday.
According to The Advocate, he’s alleging that Caldwell knew his ex-wife lied when she accused him of rape. The AG’s office dropped the sexual assualt charges before he was set to go to trial last week.
In the eight-page motion he filed Friday in 34th Judicial District Court in Chalmette, Regan for the first time alleged that Peralta was the fall guy in a cover-up that reaches to the top of the Attorney General’s Office.
In addition, the broad conspiracy Regan outlined Friday takes in former St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro and Wayne Landry, a former St. Bernard Parish Council member who is expected to run against Peralta in the fall for St. Bernard’s top job. The main aim of the conspiracy, Regan alleged, is to help Landry, who he said is friendly with Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his son David Caldwell, an assistant attorney general involved in the Peralta probe.
In Regan’s telling, Peralta launched an investigation into Taffaro’s bookkeeping after defeating him for the parish’s top job in a bruising 2011 campaign. The two had bad blood that predated the election; years earlier, Taffaro had fired Peralta from his post as chief administrative officer.
Not only that, Caldwell knew that the case was based on perjured testimony.
Separately, Regan alleged that Schaefer perjured herself in the testimony before the grand jury. Though the Attorney General’s Office knew the testimony was unreliable, prosecutors used it anyway because it made Peralta look bad, Regan said.
“Once they learned of it, the Attorney General’s Office did nothing to report the perjured testimony of Sharon (Schaefer) Peralta to the grand jurors or to the court,” Regan’s motion stated. “The Attorney’s General’s Office did so for political purposes outside the scope of their official capacities.”
For her part Sharon Schaefer denies that she committed perjury. The Attorney General’s office continues to investigate whether or not Peralta committed malfeasance in office. Peralta’s attorney says they plan on filing a Federal civil rights lawsuit against Caldwell.
This is not the first time that Caldwell’s office has been accused of corruption. There have been recurring issues of favoritism involving the hiring of attorneys by the Attorney General. The practice continues, despite attempts by the legislature to reform it. The way the “Buddy system” works is this, you give money to Caldwell’s campaign, you get hired to represent the state.
There has been a repeated pattern of sleaziness surrounding Buddy Caldwell going back to his days as a parish district attorney. Back in 1997, then Legislative Auditor Dr. Dan Kyle conducted an audit of Caldwell’s office, they found that he spent $1529 in parish funds on things such as golf clubs and clothing. Caldwell threatened Kyle when he met with him to discuss the audit.
Here’s a video of Kyle testifying to the Legislature about how Caldwell tried to threaten him and destroy his reputation over the audit.
Nothing is surprising when it comes to Buddy Caldwell.