26th JDC District Attorney Schuyler Marvin announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Chief Webster Parish ADA Sherb Sentell and that his investigation into the matter has closed. He also announced that he is contacting the office of the Attorney General to take over the prosecution.
The Bossier City Police Department Investigation into the charge of Public Intimidation is continuing.
A reserve officer has been fired and a regular officer is on administrative leave. These were the two officers who transported Sentell to jail from the Horseshoe.
Sentell and his wife will hold a press conference on Tuesday from the office of their attorney, H. Lyn Lawrence.
On a personal level, I have a couple of observations, as I was brought into it by a call from
- That my son had a grudge against the DA’s office over the disposition of a case which I outlined here. This was a blatant lie.
- That I had been critical of the DA’s office in my blog. That is true, but I have also been supportive on other occasions. That’s what the blog is about. I give my opinions and plenty of commenters add theirs. In case no one has informed Mr. Johnson, our system allows public criticism and questioning of our elected officials. I still have some misgivings because the information he used was obviously fed to him by someone in the Bossier DA’s office who was familiar with my concerns about the case. This was out of line.
- That I am a friend of Judge Burchett. True. Most of you reading the blog are aware that Mike Craig challenged Judge Burchett last fall and won the election. Even after thinking about it for almost a week, I can see no relevance here. These guys need to realize that most people judge candidates by their merits and not by the clique they belong to. Most people don’t associate with a particular clique. This is the 21st century, it is time to let the past go and look to the future.
I will also observe that I thought The Inquisitor handled it fairly by contacting me so that I could respond to the allegations. I believe that the article they wrote fairly represented the events as they transpired.
Hopefully after this week the Sentells and everyone involved can resume a somewhat normal life.