Agenda Item
Docket No. 19-547
Request for an advisory opinion from Mark White, Assistant District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District (Ouachita Parish, pop. 153,720), relative to whether he can be an owner of an in-patient addiction and rehabilitation facility.
Mark White is an Assistant District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District, Parish of Ouachita. Mr. White owns 50% of Sterling Strong Recovery Investments, LLC which owns 15% of Broken Wings Recovery Center, LLC (BWRC). BWRC will be an in-patient addiction and rehabilitation center scheduled to open in 2020 in Morehouse Parish. Mark White will have no involvement in the business, other than being an investor. BWRC will have no business relationship with the District Attorney's Office, however it is possible that people being prosecuted by the District Attorney may use BWRC to mitigate the severity of the charges brought against them.
La. R.S. 42:1112B(3) prohibits a public servant, except as provided in R.S. 42:1120, from participating in a transaction involving the governmental entity in which, to his actual knowledge, any person of which he is an officer, director, trustee, or employee has a substantial economic interest.
Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Greg Thibodeaux
2019-547 AO Draft _2- White
2019-547 Request for Opinion