Cody Bowlin, after multiple DWIs and a host of other citations and arrests, finally had his day in court on Monday and came away essentially unscathed with a nominal fine and a requirement for community service.
Bowlin, 26, a self-employed auctioneer, appears to be connected via his grandfather, Marvin Henderson of Livingston, founder of Henderson Brothers Auctioneers who has contributed more than $50,000 to various political candidates since 2003.
His citations, in chronological order, include:
- March 18, 2008—Possession of marijuana;
- 21, 2008—Speeding, limitations on passing on the left;
- 24, 2009—Following too closely, driving under suspension (amended to improper parking);
- May 3, 2011—Shoplifting;
- 13, 2011—No seat belt;
- May 31, 2012—Speeding;
- Nov, 27, 2012—Careless operation, driving left of center, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with controlled dangerous substance;
- June 2, 2015—Improper overtaking and passing a stopped school bus;
- 27, 2015—Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana or synthetic contraband;
- 17, 2015—Careless operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated—controlled substance, second offense; operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, second offense;
- June 11, 2016—Possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 3 drug, improper passing, no insurance (charges dismissed);
- June 23, 2016—Speeding;
- 21, 2016—Possession of drug paraphernalia.
In at least three cases, Bowlin failed to appear for arraignment and bench warrants were issued for him.
The arresting officer was not present in court for Monday’s proceedings (did District Attorney Scott Perrilloux suggest to him that he need not attend?). Therefore, the charge of second offense DWI was reduced to first offense DWI. All other charges (careless operation, speeding) were conveniently dropped.
Bowlin entered a No Contest plea to first offense DWI, and Bowlin received the following devastating sentence:
- 6-month jail term, suspended (no jail time);
- One-year probation;
- A fine of $600;
- 32 hours community service;
- Must attend MADD’sVictim Impact Panel;
- Court costs of $1,333;
- Report back to Judge Elizabeth Wolfe on March 13, 2017, so she can monitor “progress.”
Wyman Bankston, Bowlin’s defense attorney (who also represents Henderson Auctions in its ongoing LITIGATION against First Guaranty Bank and Charles Easler/Worldnet Auctions), and Bowlin lingered in the hallway until time for them to appear.
Call us jaded, but we cannot help but think skeptically. If MADD had not been present in the courtroom for the “trial,”—which was left off the court docket (we suspect as a tactic to keep MADD in the dark)—this would have likely been swept under the rug with all charges dropped as has been the case with Bowlin so many times in the past.
We also have to wonder if District Attorney Scott Perrilloux might have suggested to the officer that he need not attend so the charges could be reduced.