Wed, Jan 16, 2013
In a newsletter published last year, Paul Marx published an article on a tax payer funded website regarding his opinion of the case dubbed Real Cops Vs. Craft.
As a result of Marx’s article, one of the Attorneys representing the brave officers in the federal lawsuit wrote the following letter to the editor.
A few months ago, Paul Marx, the criminal public defender from Lafayette, flagrantly misrepresented the facts related to a federal lawsuit filed by current and former Lafayette police officers against the Lafayette Police Department and Chief Jim Craft. Marx’s false characterization of the case is shamelessly transparent and will not stand.
Marx is a public employee whose salary is paid by the taxpayers. Further, the website associated with his office is publicly funded and maintained by the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Marx has nothing whatever to do with the federal civil litigation involving these officers. Yet, he blatantly distorted the facts of our lawsuit, attacked the character of our plaintiffs, and used a publicly-funded web site to do so. Why?
One target of Marx’s character assassination, Kane Marceaux, is an 18-year law enforcement veteran with a stellar record of service at both the state and federal level. But every officer involved has an exemplary service record which even Jim Craft cannot deny. Marx should explain why he used taxpayer resources to childishly mock these upstanding officers and their well-considered lawsuit; and he should be made to support his outlandish claims with facts.
While I am sure Chief Craft appreciates the cover Marx attempted to provide him, Marx’s actions should concern all fair-minded citizens who do not want bureaucrats using public resources for private agendas and personal opinions.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of our lawsuit have been greatly exaggerated. Our federal suit is alive and well, and we are proud and privileged to be representing these fine officers.
J. Christopher Alexander, Sr., Esq.