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06-08-2012, 10:39 AM
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I thought LSU Tigers wasn't practicing law anymore?

Gretna Attorney accused of masturbating in law firm associate's office, fouling her belongings

Published: Friday, June 08, 2012, 9:03 AM Updated: Friday, June 08, 2012, 9:26 AM

By Paul Purpura, The Times-Picayune

A lawyer based in Gretna could stand trial in New Orleans as soon as next week on charges of stalking and simple criminal damage, for allegedly sneaking into a fellow lawyer's office at a downtown law firm and masturbating numerous times last year. Keith Magness, 35, a former Marine and law enforcement officer, also is the target of a civil lawsuit in the 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish, filed Feb. 3 by the woman who alleges she was the victim in the criminal case.

Paul Purpura, The Times-PicayuneJefferson Parish Government Center Nov. 29, 2010

The woman, whom is not identifying, graduated from Tulane Law School in 2010 and was hired at the firm as a first-year associate. She alleges she and Magness worked on the same floor at 909 Poydras St. She does not identify the firm, but an online blog appearing this week identified it as Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver.

The woman says that because of the incidents, she resigned and is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She seeks unspecified damages from Magness and his insurance company.

In her lawsuit, she said she noticed stains appearing on a dress she had left hanging on her office door, and on the fabric covering her chair. She "initially thought that she must have dropped some food item on her chair and hadn't noticed it happening," her attorney Peggy Vallejo of Covington wrote.

More stains appeared over time on the dress and on the carpet, she alleges.

In August, she noticed her dress "was literally covered," causing her disgust and leading her to throw the item away, according to the lawsuit. The following Monday, she found a new stain on her office chair and alerted the office manager, who in turn notified the property managers who determined the substance was semen, according to the lawsuit.

In the following weeks, she said she lived in fear and was "extremely distressed about not knowing the identity of the person who had been in her office on so many occasions soiling her personal property," according to the lawsuit.

The property managers advised her to keep quiet, and the office manager hid a motion-activated camera in her office and hung another dress on her door, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges Magness was captured on video going into her office on Saturday, Aug. 27 and soiling the dress. She claimed she became fearful, because Magness had told her he was in the Marine Corps and was a Secret Service agent who has a gun collection, according to the lawsuit.

"She recalled her conversations with him wherein he boasted of his gun collection and skills, how he loved to go to the shooting range and about all the guns he kept at his house," according to the lawsuit. She "was also concerned because Mr. Magness is a large man with Marine training and she felt he could perpetrate any physical crime against her he wanted."

The firm's managing partners viewed the video, "immediately" fired Magness and notified police, which investigated and found more soiled spots in the office, according to the lawsuit. The managing partners also helped her file criminal charges.

Magness was booked and posted $1,500 in commercial bond on Sept. 15, according to an online docket system.

Seven days later, he registered his private practice in Gretna with the Louisiana secretary of state, records show. On his web site, Magness says he is a former Marine and deputy sheriff who began working in 2005 at "a major New Orleans firm." He said he left the firm after six years to open his own law office.

New Orleans prosecutors filed charges in Criminal District Court on Feb. 9. Magness pleaded not guilty and has sought to leave the jurisdiction, according to the docket, which shows that prosecutors' evidence includes a DNA report and compact discs.

The trial has been set to begin Monday before Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson, according to the docket, which reflects no activity in the case since March 30.

Simple criminal damage of property valued at $500 to $50,000, with which Magness has been charged, carries a sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. The stalking charge carries a sentence of 30 days to one year in jail.

The woman's civil lawsuit is pending before Judge Ross LaDart of the 24th Judicial District Court.

Magness's civil attorney, Lynn Luker of New Orleans, has said in court filings that matter should be sent to arbitration and that the case should be stayed until the criminal case in New Orleans is resolved.

Meanwhile, Magness' insurance company, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, has denied that the policy covers him for "the circumstances set forth in the petition," court records show.
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06-08-2012, 10:59 AM
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I thought LSU Tigers wasn't practicing law anymore?
Wait a minute....why does this sound familiar?

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06-08-2012, 11:21 AM
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I thought LSU Tigers wasn't practicing law anymore?
Joe-Nathan Wrote:Wait a minute....why does this sound familiar?

Well, that depends, you're either thinking of Clinton/Lewinski scandal, or you've been talking to Wind about one of her typical nights out on the town.
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06-09-2012, 09:33 PM
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I thought LSU Tigers wasn't practicing law anymore?
I thought he just "Played One on TV"?

J/K LSU, how've you been doing?

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