When All Else Fails, Become A City Councilman

Proving once again my theory that local politicians are folks who could not hack it anywhere else . . .

Local fashion nazi Calvin Lester – the moron who gave S’port it’s anti-sagging pants ordinance – was an incompetent attorney prior to beginning his career as an overreaching city councilman:

Shreveport City Councilman Calvin Lester could be suspended from practicing law for six months if the recommendations of a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board committee are approved.

What did he do? Took a client’s federal case but: 1) did not tell the client he was currently suspended from federal court, and 2) not surprisingly considering he was suspended, failed to properly file the case, leading to its dismissal. But don’t worry, Lester isn’t evil, just an idiot:

[The Disciplinary Board stated that Lester’s problems] “stem from poor office management and procedures, rather than from malice or ill intent,”

Tell that to the poor woman whose suit was tossed. Either way, she’s screwed.

And of course, no matter what happens with Lester’s law license, we’re stuck with him on the city council. Other councilors tell us not to worry:

Added Councilman Joe Shyne: “I feel like Calvin is a good person and a very excellent attorney. We all make mistakes and we all overlook things. It does not have anything to do with the type of person Calvin Lester is.”

Uhh, yeah, it does. He’s the type of person who is very disorganized, a bit dishonest, and lacking in respect for rules and procedures. In other words, not the type of person I trust to run a city. The State Bar thinks Lester is too incompetent to trust with one person’s legal affairs, and now we’re supposed to trust him with the affairs of the entire city?

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