The attorney general is the official lawyer for the State of Louisiana, and would defend lawsuits against the state at no additional cost to taxpayers.
In spite of that, Gov. Jindal has hired his ally and former executive counsel, Jimmy Faircloth, to represent the state against allegations that the Jindal agenda violates the constitution.
Thus far, Faircloth’s record has been spotty at best. He lost a constitutional challenge to the way Gov. Jindal wanted to fund his voucher scheme, he lost a challenge to the constitutionality of the governor’s plan to turn state retirement plans into cash-balance plots, and a court is waiting to rule again on the legality of Gov. Jindal’s Act 1 education overhaul.
What Faircloth has succeeded at is billing the state. As reporter Tom Aswell reveals here, Faircloth has been paid nearly $1 million over the past two years to defend the Jindal agenda.