DEFENSE OF DR ANNA POU
Press Conference after the Grand Jury refused to indict Dr. Anna Pou on murder charges. (July 24, 2007)
During the five days from August 29 to September 2, 2005, 200 patients were trapped by Hurricane Katrina flood waters, transforming Memorial Hospital into a “third- world medicine” site. (Photo By Landov)
Ambulatory patients were backed up on the lower floor awaiting air boats, as acute care patients remained upstairs.
Doctors helped ambulatory patients aboard the few air-boats as they arrived.
Nurse Cheri Landry (center in green) who as later arrested on murder charges, comforts patients.
Few helicopters arrived atop the 7th floor garage on Wednesday, Aug 31st as Coast Guard resources pulled over 6,000 residents from roof-tops. That night airspace over the darken city was restricted as fires raged and random gunshots were fired in the air.
The “Political Arrests”: Louisiana A.G. Foti’s press conference announcing the arrest of Dr. Pou and the two Memorial nurses on July 18, 2006.
Dr. Pou and nurses Lori Boudreaux and Cheri Landry, (all arrested on July 17, 2006).
Three days after the arrests, Attorney General Foti holds fund-raiser (July 20, 2006).
Dr. Pou appears on Sixty Minutes with Morley Safer on September 24, 2006.
Medical personnel rally in support of Dr. Pou in City Park July 17, 2007.
Cathy Green RN, (left), organizes “Nurses for Pou."
Dr. Anna Pou, a doctor who volunteered to stay at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, was, along with other physicians, staff and patients, trapped as the flood waters rose. As conditions at the hospital deteriorated and government at all levels abandoned the doctors, patients and indeed, the whole city of New Orleans, Dr. Pou was forced to deal with “end of life” issues for some acute-care patients.
Despite being assured they would be allowed to self-surrender, Dr. Pou and two nurses were arrested and handcuffed on July 17, 2006 on charges of “murder”. At a press conference the next day the Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti announced that the three medical personnel had “pretended they were God”, and had murdered four patients with a “lethal cocktail injection of Morphine and Versed”. Foti held a fund-raiser two days later amidst the media frenzy. Several months later Dr. Pou appeared on 60 Minutes denying she had murdered the patients. The entire medical community rallied behind Dr. Pou. On July 24, 2007 the Grand Jury rendered a “No True Bill” as to Dr. Pou on nine counts of murder. Dr. Pou returned to practice. The former Attorney General was soundly defeated in the next election. Dr. Pou appeared before the Louisiana Legislature urging enactment of “Disaster Medicine Reforms” to protect doctors and patients during future disasters and the legislature passed these reforms in 2008.
DEFENSE OF NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER DAVID WARREN
David Warren was a New Orleans police officer, who in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was assigned to guard a police substation in a strip mall amidst widespread lawlessness in the city. A stolen Firestone truck abruptly pulled up to the mall and the two occupants, who admittedly were there to obtain stolen goods, rushed the gate, ignoring Warren’s command “Police, Get Back”. In fear for his life, Warren fired one shot but believed he missed when the two subjects ran away. Unknown to Warren, one of them - Henry Glover – was wounded and later died at another location. The Department of Justice indicted David Warren on Civil Rights violations in shooting Glover, even initially threatening a death sentence. Bond was refused and Warren was incarcerated from the time of his arrest in June 2010. At the first trial in 2010, Warren was convicted of lesser charges but even the compromise verdict was ultimately overturned by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Upon re-trial David Warren testified as to his actions in self-defense, was found “Not Guilty” of all charges and freed December 11, 2013 after 3 ½ years in jail on.
Press Conference at Hailey McNamara Law Firm after Warren’s acquittal and release from jail.
New Orleans police officer David Warren (2004 until 2008) evacuated his family prior to Katrina and manned his assigned duty station during the 5 hectic days before arrival of federal troops in the city.
Looters set fire to the nearby Oakwood Mall amidst widespread lawlessness in the City of New Orleans.
With David Warren in jail, the family visits the Galleria law firm offices for Christmas 2010.
Press conference by David Warren, with his attorneys, Rick Simmons and Julian Murray (December 11, 2013).
Warren explains his feeling about the verdict and his release after 3 and 1/2 years in jail.
Christmas 2013 – Kathy and David Warren and the five children together again.
REPRESENTATION OF BP'S VICE PRESIDENT OF GULF DRILLING DURING BP OIL SPILL
Representation of the Vice President of BP’s Drilling & Completions for Gulf of Mexico Operation before the Marine Board inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig
The US Coast Gaurd & the MMS Bureau of the Department of Interior formed a Joint Task Force.
Members of the Joint Task Force Board.
Members of the Joint Task Force Board.
US Coast Guard Captain H. Nguyen, Chairman of the Joint Task Force swears in the witnesses.
Mr Pat O'Bryan is sworn in as a witness on August 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
Pat O’Bryan testifies as to his presence on and later escape from the Deepwater Horizon.
The Deepwater Horizon sank on April 22, 2010, and because of the failure of the Blowout Protector in function, oil continued to flow at the ocean floor.
The two rescue capsules used by Pat O'Bryan and over 100 crew members to escape the fire.
April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, caught fire and sank, leading to the deaths of eleven rig workers and to one of the greatest environmental disasters ever. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior formed a Joint Task Force to investigate the causes of the accident aboard the Deepwater Horizon.
The Marine Board of Investigation began hearings in May 2010. Pat O’Bryan, BP’s then Vice President for Drilling & Completions for Gulf of Mexico Operations was named as a “party of interest”, in connection with the investigation and called to testify.
Pat O’Bryan, who was on board at the time of the explosion, testified as to his presence on and later, escape from Deepwater Horizon. Dr. O'Bryan, a PhD in Petroleum Engineering, was assigned by BP to the task of leading the 18,000ft Relief Well efforts which ultimately intercepted and killed the well on September 19, 2010.
The continued representation of Mr. O’Bryan included his appearance before the Marine Board, the Presidential Commission, and the Chemical Board and other investigative boards, along with appearances at depositions and trial testimony in connection with the resulting BP civil litigation.