On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana permanently disbarred the former judge of the Breaux Bridge City Court, Glenn Soileau for DWI charges and his alleged involvement in the distribution of illegal substances.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Glenn Soileau,” with case no. 2022-B-1764.

When the respondent was still serving as a judge, the respondent was charged for his commitment of battery upon a law enforcement official and directed verbal abuse and obscenities toward numerous individuals, including stating that he “owned the goddam town,” resulting in his plea of no contest to simple battery and disturbing the peace. He also engaged in an altercation during a game of pool at a bar in Breaux Bridge which necessitated the response of police, during which the respondent informed the police officer that he had no authority to intervene because the respondent “ran the town.”

In the present matter, the respondent was charged with two counts of misconduct namely: driving while under the influence and the respondent’s involvement in the arrest of a person named Idalia Hotz, whom the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force believed to be distributing crystal methamphetamine.

The filing states:

“According to the police report, the respondent’s speech was slurred and he was physically unsteady. He was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance and taken to the police department, where his name was entered into the NCIC computer. This search revealed that the respondent had previously been arrested for DWI on February 28, 2013, and August 1, 2015. 2 After his arrest in the instant matter, the respondent refused to provide a breath sample; however, he did agree to submit a urine sample, which was positive for alprazolam, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and Tramadol.”

The filing continues:

“While Ms. Hotz was detained in the room, agents noticed that she received a text message on her cell phone alerting her to the presence of police cars in the hotel parking lot. A follow-up text directed Ms. Hotz to “Get rid of whatever you have and hurry.” The messages were sent by a contact named “Glenn,” whom Ms. Hotz identified agents as respondents. A short time later, the respondent appeared at the hotel and introduced himself to agents as Ms. Hotz’s attorney. Respondent said that he paid for the room and requested that the agents vacate the premises. The Respondent was advised by the agents of the criminal investigation underway. The Respondent then left the hotel.”

The filing further states:

“Meanwhile, a judge signed a search warrant for the hotel room, which was then executed by agents. During the search, agents found nine grams of crystal methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe. After Ms. Hotz was placed under arrest, she advised the agents that the respondent often pays for rooms in different hotels and provides her with meals while she conducts prostitution activities in the various hotel rooms. Agents seized Ms. Hotz’s cell phone for further investigation, and text messages found on the phone confirmed that the respondent was knowingly financing Ms. Hotz’s illegal activities. The messages further established that the respondent is also a paying client of Ms. Hotz’s.”

The hearing committee determined that the factual allegations set forth in the formal charges are proven by clear and convincing evidence. According to the committee, the respondent violated the duties he owed to the public, the legal system, and the legal profession. He acted intentionally, causing actual harm to the public and the reputation of the legal profession.

The committee found the following aggravating factors present: a prior disciplinary record, multiple offenses, bad faith obstruction of the disciplinary proceeding by intentionally failing to comply with the rules or orders of the disciplinary agency, refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of the conduct, substantial experience in the practice of law, and illegal conduct.

Based on these reasons, the court decided to permanently disbar the former judge of the Breaux Bridge City Court.

The Disposition states:

“Upon review of the findings and recommendation of the hearing committee, and considering the record, it is ordered that W. Glenn Soileau, Louisiana Bar Roll number 12249, be and he hereby is permanently disbarred. His name shall be stricken from the roll of attorneys and his license to practice law in the State of Louisiana shall be revoked. Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule XIX, 24(A), it is further ordered that the respondent be permanently prohibited from being readmitted to the practice of law in this state. All costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court’s judgment until paid.”

Former Judge Glenn Soileau sat as a judge of the Breaux Bridge City Court located at 101 Berard St # B, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, and can be reached at +1 337-332-4117. His info can be found on lawyersjustia.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.