District Attorney John DeRosier recently received the Silver Beaver Award from the Calcasieu Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The Silver Beaver Award, created in 1931, is awarded by the Council Executive Board for outstanding service to youth within the Council or for outstanding longtime service to youth by a registered Scouter within the Council.
DeRosier is very supportive of the Calcasieu Area Council. He has partnered with the Council to raise funds for the past several years, including helping with the John DeRosier "On My Honor" BSA Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament has generated over $50,000 in revenue.
DeRosier is one of five recipients this year chosen by the Council.
Another attorney has been added to the staff of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in Jacob Johnson.
Johnson is a native of Cameron, Louisiana. After graduating from South Cameron High School, Johnson attended Louisiana State University where he majored in Management and minored in Policital Science. Upon graduation from LSU, Johnson attended Southern University Law Center. He was licensed as an attorney in October of 2011.
Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Johnson held two clerking positions, one to the Honorable Alex "Brick" Wall of Baton Rouge City Court and the other to the Honorable Penelope Q. Richard of Louisiana's 38th Judicial District Court. He also handled complex civil litigation as a solo practitioner.
Johnson is married to Ashley Johnson and is active in our community. He will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.
District Attorney John DeRosier has added a new Assistant District Attorney to his staff.
Brittany Elizabeth Bell is a proud native of Lake Charles, LA. Upon graduating from LaGrange Senior High School in 2006, she attended McNeese State University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 2009. Bell then pursued a Juris Doctor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. While in law school, Brittany was a legal writing teaching assistant for first-year law students and served as a student Juvenile Attorney during her third year. She became a licensed attorney in October 2012. Prior to her employment with the District Attorney's Office, Bell was a judicial law clerk for Judge David Ritchie of the Fourteenth Judicial District Court.
Bell will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.
Assistant District Attorney Ross Murray has joined the staff at the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.
Murray is a proud native of Oberlin, Louisiana. Following graduation from Oberlin High School, he attended McNeese State University where he obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Murray then went on to attend law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.
Upon completing law school, Murray returned to Allen Parish where he served as an investigator and Assistant District Attorney for the Allen Parish District Attorney's Office. While working under District Attorney Todd Nesom for two years, Murray conducted both misdemeanor and felony trials.
Murray has spent the last year at the Lake Charles firm of Spears and Gary, LLC. He now returns to his roots as a prosecutor where he will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.
A new Assistant District Attorney recently joined the staff at the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office. District Attorney John DeRosier recently swore in James Sudduth, III.
Sudduth is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana where he attended St. Louis High School. After graduation he went on to attend Louisiana State University where he majored in Finance and minored in Spanish. Upon graduation from LSU, he went on to LSU Law School.
While in Law School, he received the CALI award for the highest grade in Louisiana Constitutional Law Seminar. He also won the Ira S. Flory Competition, which is a mock trial competition held
amongst fellow law students. He participated in numerous trial advocacy and moot court teams that traveled to compete for LSU.
Sudduth will serve as a Misdemeanor Assistant District Attorney.
Assistant District Attorney LaKetha W. Holmes was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Holmes is now managing the Juvenile Section of the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.
LaKetha Holmes is a native Californian where she hails from Monterey Bay. Holmes received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, California. Thereafter, she obtained a J.D. from Southern University Law Center in 2009.
Holmes's past work experience includes being a Staff Attorney for the 36th Judicial District Court (Beauregard Parish). She was also a Children's Attorney with Mental Health Advocacy Services and an A.D.A. for Beauregard Parish.
Holmes is an active member of the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in DeRidder, a mother of two and is married to felony prosecutor, Bobby Holmes.
On Friday, July 12, 2013, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in Baton Rouge. DeRosier was one of seven inductees for 2013.
DeRosier took the oath of office as District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish on December 20, 2005 and was re-elected to an additional six-year term in 2008.
While in office, DeRosier has established the Case Review Team to improve communications with law enforcement and created the Calcasieu Full Force group to target DWI offenders. He has been pro-active and implemented an aggressive campaign to capture and prosecute online sexual predators. He re-established the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, assisted in the formation of Adult Drug and DWI Courts, and established the “Fatal Vision” DWI Simulation Program that travels to schools to demonstrate the effects of impaired driving.
DeRosier also worked with legislators to pass numerous items of legislation in both the Louisiana and Texas legislatures relative to the regulation of pain management clinics and the legal distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Prior to this time, Texas had no statues to regulate the ownership, management and operation of pain management clinics within its borders.
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier received the 2013 Patriot of the Year award on Monday, June 10, 2013. The Patriots are selected by the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission.
Assistant District Attorney Tony Fazzio was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Fazzio is now a misdemeanor attorney for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.
After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Biological Sciences, Fazzio graduated with honors from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School in 2010. Prior to joining the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, Fazzio worked for a regional law firm representing lending institutions in the area of mortgage banking law.
Fazzio is a Lake Charles, LA native and a graduate St. Louis Catholic High School.
The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office participated in the 2013 lake area Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Just like in recent years, Sidney Royster cooked gumbo for the festival goers to enjoy.
On Wednesday, October 10, District Attorney John DeRosier and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office participated in National Denim Day for Breast Cancer. Employees made donations in order to wear their favorite jeans to work. The donations will help the American Cancer Society discover new ways to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer, while ensuring access to mammograms and providing free support to people with the disease.
Assistant District Attorney Christy Rhoades was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. Rhoades will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Section. After graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Rhoades earned her Master’s from DePaul University in Public Service Management. In 2010, Rhoades earned her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law Center. Before joining the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, she practiced law in Texas. Rhoades is married to David W. May, an attorney with the Lake Charles firm Spears & Gary, LLC, and they reside in Lake Charles.
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier was present Tuesday when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law a measure making it easier for authorities to adapt to the ever-changing world of illegal drugs.
DeRosier said he worked on the bill with state Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, in an effort to keep up with people who modify the chemical compounds in drugs to avoid prosecution.
The Legislature organizes illegal drugs into schedules. In the past, lawmakers had to add a drug or substance to the list during the legislative session to make its use and manufacture illegal.
DeRosier said people who make the drugs would then tweak the substances so they would no longer fit in any of the schedules. Then the new substances could not be outlawed until the next legislative session.
The new law gives the state health department the authority to add drugs to the schedules more quickly to act as a pre-emptive strike against such behavior.
“We can react a lot faster to immediate changes in the chemical composition of illegal substances,” DeRosier said. “Right now we’re more concerned with synthetic marijuanas, synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic amphetamines.”
DeRosier said those substances are particularly troublesome because they can be much more dangerous than other drugs, primarily because their ingredients can vary widely.
“You can buy five packages of these substances at convenience stores, test them and many will have different makeups,” he said.
He said that once health officials add a substance to a schedule, it becomes prosecutable until the end of the next legislative session. Legislators can then choose to keep the substance on the list, making the addition permanent.
DeRosier said it is essential to try to keep drugs under control, since about 50 percent of impaired driving cases stem from use of drugs rather than alcohol.
On December 2, 2011, District Attorney John DeRosier and his staff began delivering toys collected during the Annual “Sleigh of Toys” Toy Drive. The toys, valued at over $30,000, will be delivered to local municipalities for distribution to families throughout Calcasieu Parish.
District Attorney DeRosier and his staff continue to work together to ensure the children of Calcasieu Parish have a safe and happy holiday season.