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HERO HIGHLIGHT: AG Jeff Landry — Criminal Mind Employer

To catch a crook, you have to think like a crook. And no one knows that better than Louisiana Attorney General and former law enforcement officer Jeff Landry.

In fact, Landry believes in that adage so much, he gave a position in his office’s fraud section to a woman who has a record of fraud and theft.

A couple months after taking office in January, Landry hired Quendi Baloney Darville, who had been charged with 11 felony counts of credit card fraud and theft in Henrico County, Virginia, in 1999, according to The Advocate. She reportedly was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to three of the counts. Her entire sentence was suspended.

We applaud Landry for hiring — to help catch scammers and thieves — a convicted scammer and thief. After all, who knows better how such criminals operate than someone who has hands-on experience doing the same?

 

It’s just solid law enforcement policy to consult criminal minds to catch and punish criminals. In fact, criminal minds are so important to the criminal justice system, they have their own eponymous primetime TV show on CBS.

Landry understands that hiring Darville to be on his staff is no different than a police detective hiring an informant, other than she’s on the state payroll with vacation days, health benefits and a taxpayer-funded retirement plan.

We applaud Landry for hiring — to help catch scammers and thieves — a convicted scammer and thief. After all, who knows better how such criminals operate than someone who has hands-on experience doing the same?

Sure, some folks, like former AG Buddy Caldwell, whom Landry defeated in November, have objected to him hiring a convicted felon. Then again, maybe that’s why Caldwell is no longer AG.

The truth is, there’s nothing to worry about here, folks. Landry wouldn’t have brought her on board and given her a salary of $53,000 if she was a liability to his office. He’s an excellent judge of character, a skill he honed as a sheriff’s deputy in St. Martin Parish, where his roommate was arrested and charged on intent to distribute drugs after $10,000 worth of cocaine was found under their house.

Of course, there are those who insist Landry’s employment of Darville is strictly political payback for the endorsement he received from her mother, Geri Baloney, the third-place finisher in October’s primary election for attorney general. They claim it’s reciprocity for Geri Baloney, a black Democrat who got 18% of the vote in the primary, backing Landry, a tea party Republican who received 33% of the primary vote, in the November runoff against the Republican incumbent Caldwell, who had finished first in the primary at 35%.

Claiming that Quendi Baloney Darville’s hiring is some sort of quid pro quo is ridiculous. It’s more like Quendi pro quo, at best.

So big ups to Jeff Landry for looking past Darville’s criminal past, just like Louisiana voters last fall looked past that time he had over 100 grams of coke under his house as a cop and apparently didn’t know it.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

 

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