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They get what they deserve


Ruth Kullman

received the Hannah G. Solomon Award from the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women at a Feb. 25 lunch in downtown New Orleans. Kullman, who owns Kullman Consulting and is the president of the board of Touro Infirmary, has volunteered her time on a number of boards and organizations in the area, including a stint as president of the board of Touro Synagogue.


Bernette Joshua Johnson

was invested as the 25th chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court at a Feb. 28 ceremony on the courthouse steps in the French Quarter. Johnson, the first African-American to hold the title of chief justice, took the official oath of office Feb. 1. The investiture was historically significant in another way: It took place one day before the official celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Jesse Shaffer III and Jesse Shaffer IV

are finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, a program of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu nominated the two Braithwaite men, who rescued 120 people by boat in 12 hours during Hurricane Isaac. The father and son were honored last year on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, Ellen.


Aaron Broussard

was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr. on Feb. 25. The former Jefferson Parish president also was ordered to repay the parish nearly $500,000 in forfeiture and reimbursement for kickback and payroll schemes involving a parish contractor and Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker. Broussard apologized to his former constituents, saying, "I take full responsibility for disgracing my office. I will pay for what I did for the rest of my life."

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