The Investigators: Judge's orders questioned

Published: Jan. 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2016 at 1:22 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Investigators looked into the bond orders and conditions set by several district court judges and revealed what some have referred to as a "disturbing" and perhaps "shady" pattern.

The bond orders in question are from 19th Judicial District Court Judge Trudy White.

Judge White often insists defendants go through someone she's done business with in the past. She orders many of her defendants to see Cleve Dunn Sr, the owner of Rehabilitation Home Incarceration (RHI).

Dunn Sr. did work for White's re-election campaign and his son, Cleve Dunn Jr., was even at one point the chairperson of her campaign.

Dunn Sr. and RHI charge $550 to sign up for their monitoring services and unlike other judges the Investigators checked, White often makes it mandatory that people specifically see Dunn Sr.

The Investigators picked a random time period in October and looked at the records of people arrested while White was on duty.

In the short time period the Investigators checked, White ordered dozens and dozens of defendants to see Dunn Sr. before getting their day in court.

Records show that White repeatedly orders defendants to deal with the for-profit business even as other similar companies have complained the practice is unfair.

The defendant's charges ranged from issuing worthless checks to DWI to domestic abuse. White even ordered a Baton Rouge police officer to go through the same process.

When asked to explain her line of thinking, White referred questions to Chief Judge Don Johnson. The chief judge said it was up to White to decide if she wanted to comment.

For his part, Dunn Sr. said this just shows "business is good." He said by telephone that he doesn't do interviews with the media but offered, "Judge White isn't the only judge to send me business."

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