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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Crusading New Orleans Prosecutor To Quit, Facing Staff Misconduct"

From the New York Times:

Beginning last spring, a series of legal motions had revealed that Mr. Letten’s senior prosecutors had been making provocative, even pugnacious comments about active criminal matters and other subjects under aliases at, the Web site of The Times-Picayune newspaper.

. . .

Last month, the revelations of online misconduct reached Mr. Letten’s top assistant,Jan Mann. A federal judge, in a scathing 50-page order, broached the possibility of criminal conduct in regard to her online activities, as well as those of another senior prosecutor, Sal Perricone, who resigned in March.

The judge also revealed that another federal prosecutor had expressed suspicions about the comments to his supervisors in 2010.

The exposure of Ms. Mann, months after Mr. Letten’s avowals that Mr. Perricone had acted alone, raised doubts about the effectiveness of an internal investigation by the Justice Department.

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