Email Sent by Robert Burns to
 LSPRP Executive Director Irwin Felps, Jr.,
and all Board Members on Thursday, August 28, 2014


Oppressive Public Comment Policy on 9/4/14 LSPRB Meeting
"Robert Burns" <> (Add as Preferred Sender)  
Date: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:42 pm

I am in receipt of all of the emails C. B. Forgotson has sent regarding what are, by any objective definition, oppressive rules which the LSPRB has chosen to implement regarding the LSPRB meeting a week from today.  I know he has forwarned the members about LA R.S. 42; however, I’d like to be more specific in referencing LA R. S. 42:14(D):
Clearly, unless changes are made, the current plan opens the Board Members up to PERSONAL liability (LA R.S. 42:28, 
Now, I know the attitude of the Board Members is, “Yeah, right.  Who’s going to file such a suit?”  Well, I want to answer that question in two words:  “I will!”  Don’t believe me?  I would STRONGLY encourage you to have the members, Ms. Akers (whom I honestly cannot believe is condoning what has been put out regarding the policy of public comment) to go to the following webpage, watch the 3:50 video, and just take a look at the litigation that arose from it:
The most recent hearing on the above matter was a Motion for Summary Judgment which myself and fellow Plaintiff Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips argued before Judge Hernandez on August 4, 2014.  In my firm opinion, he is going to GRANT the Motion for Summary Judgment and award us damages without the need for even a trial.  Here is a copy and paste of the minute entry from the EBRP Clerk of Court Connect system on the hearing:
04-Aug-2014 02:19 PM
Hearing Held
#5 No. 619707 Robert Burns, Et Al v. Louisiana State Auctioneers Licensing Board, Et Al This matter came before the Court for a Motion For Summary Judgment filed on behalf of Plaintiffs, Robert Burns and Freddie Phillips. Present in Court: Robert Burns, Plaintiff ? In Proper Person; Freddie Phillips, Plaintiff ? In Proper Person; Larry Bankston, counsel for Defendant, Louisiana State Auctioneers Licensing Board, Et Al. Following oral arguments, the Court noted that it has for its consideration motion for summary judgment filed by the Plaintiffs against the Defendant in regards to the issues before the Court. It?s all going to boil down to whether or not there were genuine issues of material fact that can be disposed of by summary judgment. The Court took the matter under advisement and will issue a ruling. (Susan Jacks, 8-4-14; 30 Minutes)
Here’s the bottom line, Irwin.  The LALB vigorously fought me obtaining public records and videotaping the LALB meetings.  They were so dogmatic to block such efforts that they hired convicted felon Larry S. Bankston to try and ram-rod me into giving up on my quests.  What has resulted?  Numerous lawsuits (  The tab to the LALB for Mr. Bankston’s services so far?  $47,958.32Suspect of the preceding figure?  Can’t blame you, so here are the supporting documents:
2014 (through 6/30/14):
Larry Bankston - General Legal Services Invoices
Larry Bankston - Invoices for Robert Burns v. LALB
Larry Bankston - Invoices for Rev. Freddie Phillips & Robert Burns v. LALB
Larry Bankston - General Legal Services Invoices
Larry Bankston - Invoices for Robert Burns v. LALB
Larry Bankston - Invoices for Rev. Freddie Phillips & Robert Burns v. LALB
Larry Bankston - General Legal Services Invoices
Larry Bankston - Invoices for Robert Burns v. LALB
So, you see, the LALB has flushed tens of thousands of dollars in trying to avoid transparency.  It would indeed be ironic if the LSPRB opts not to file a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Act 859 but would foolishly open itself up to tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees from the idiotic policy I’ve seen for the September 4, 2014 meeting.
Let me be blunt, Irwin!!  I would LOVE (and I do mean LOVE) to go into court armed with Treasurer Kennedy’s advanced admonition to his colleagues to open up discussion and thus be able to PROVE beyond ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT that his colleagues ignored his advice and KNOWINGLY and WILFULLY violated LA R. S. 42:14(D).  As you can tell, I have plenty of saved lawsuits on my hard drive.  All I have to do is change the parties involved and a few facts.
Since the AG’s Office desires to be notified in advance of litigation, I’m copying Emalie Boyce on this email.  She’s the designated open meetings expert at the AG’s Office.  Each of your Board Members is welcome to call her.  She’s very helpful and will be happy to speak with your members about avoiding litigation.  I’ve also copied your attorney on this matter.  If she is aware of the dogmatic policy which has been communicated, she is NUTS if she permits the Board to go forward with it.  I want to make sure everyone understands that I am not threatening litigation, I am PROMISING IT!!  Furthermore, I will encourage as many folk as who are denied the opportunity to speak (or are cut off in only two minutes as that is ABSURD – the LALB permits 5 minutes, and that IS reasonable and is actually a LONG time and few people have ever used it all up) to join me as plaintiffs in the suit.  We can recover $100 per Board Member EACH.  Thus, September 4, 2014 may end up being a VERY profitable day for a number of us.
The decision is yours, but I would STRONGLY recommend the Board revise its policy as Treasurer Kennedy advised you to do.
Lastly, please realize, Irwin, that this is nothing whatsoever personal against you.  I know you to be a man of VERY high integrity, and my guess is that you’ve been pulled in every direction imaginable.  Nevertheless, there is NO WAY IN HELL I’m going to stand idly by with the planned public comment policy that I have been apprised  of to this point.
Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you a week from today.

Robert Edwin Burns, Vice President
LA Association of Professional Auctioneers (LAPA)
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