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12/10/2012

Louisiana U.S. Attorney Resigns; Prosecuted O’Keefe

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:45 am

His office prosecuted James O’Keefe. Now Jim Letten is resigning amid a scandal involving his office:

Letten’s move follows an ongoing scandal over anonymous Internet comments made by two of Letten’s top aides on a website for the newspaper concerning matters related to their work. One top prosecutor resigned earlier this year after a subject of the comments hired a skilled investigator, identified him and filed a defamation suit. The other top prosecutor was demoted as an investigation by the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility continues.

Meanwhile, at the end of last month, as an earlier Times-Picayune article details, a federal judge issued what the newspaper describes as a “tartly worded” order calling for investigation of possible leaks by Letten’s office concerning its prosecution of law enforcement officers over a fatal shooting of apparently unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

If it’s an effort to avoid further investigation, I hope it fails.

15 Responses to “Louisiana U.S. Attorney Resigns; Prosecuted O’Keefe”

  1. Please, dear Lord, let there be some in the government in these times with the courage to come forth and tell the truth, and let there be enough who will listen, and let them stay alive long enough to see some justice done.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  2. “Shut up,” Letten explained.

    My Sharia Moor (7ede7d)

  3. The ABA Journal is wrong about viewing articles from the New York Times.

    Registration is not required to see New York Times articles, especially I think if you enter in whole links (as opposed to searching the web page) You can always click on links sent to you.

    Everyone, or every computer to be precise, gets 10 articles (that are searched for) a month, or until you delete your New York Times cookies.

    Logged in subscribers to the print edition get 100 a month. There is otherwise a much too high per article charge.

    It’s the Wall Street journal where you have limitations in viewing many articles.

    I thought you needed to be logged into the Washington Post, but evidently not so.

    I didn’t know that Letten said he would stay on in a supporting role to help with the transition.
    That was not in the New York Times article

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/jim-letten-new-orleans-us-attorney-resigns.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0&pagewanted=print

    on Friday.

    That shows you one reason why it’s always good to get multiple sources.

    It’s interesting how the New York Times article
    has been sanitized.

    The New York Times will not print (negative) information it is not sure of, whatever the reporter assigned to the story may think..

    It says, for instance: <blockquote Mr. Letten has maintained that he knew nothing about his subordinates’ online activities, and there has so far been no evidence to contradict that. </blockquote

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  4. Patterico: If it’s an effort to avoid further investigation, I hope it fails.

    It’s not an effort to avoid further investigation. That’s happening anyway, because of a federal judge.

    It’s an effort to end an investigation short of the truth, and avoid having other lines of investigation into his tenure opened up.

    (because it no longer will be so important)

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  5. ABA Journal:

    John Horn, who serves as first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, will oversee the leaks probe regarding the Danziger Bridge case demanded by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt. The release also announced that Dana Boente, the first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and a 28-year veteran federal prosecutor, will replace Letten on an interim basis.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  6. Speaking of which, with Obama safely reelected and Holder perhaps leaving within the year, isn’t it about time for the executive pardons to start flowing — especially during the Holiday season? Or does Obama have to wait until the whole fiscal cliff talk dies down? He’s not going to let Jesse Jackson Jr. twist in the wind for too long, is he?

    JVW (4826a9)

  7. He’s not going to let Jesse Jackson Jr. twist in the wind for too long, is he?

    Oh, I can only hope. Now that the Walking Dead is done for the season, I need the entertainment.

    My Sharia Moor (7ede7d)

  8. JJJ has his daddy’s liquor distributorship, selling malt liquor to thugs getting ready for a drive-by shooting. He will also collect Head Start money from kids’ breakfasts to pay his girfriend’s rent. This is Chicago.

    nk (875f57)

  9. Just as long as the n-words don’t come up to Ravenswood, they’ll be just fine.

    nk (875f57)

  10. The Jackson family and President Obama are not and have never been what you could call close. I would not be expectin’ any special accommodations now or a pardon later for JJJ.

    elissa (f7f900)

  11. Thank you, elissa. The Obamas/Robinsons are nothing like the Jacksons.

    Patterico got some s*** for saying Barack was a good person. But I also think that the “Magical Kenyan” and the “Klingon” are also good people. They’re raising two fine girls, if nothing else.

    nk (875f57)

  12. nk, if that’s the criteria, Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva turned out pretty well, too. So the only logical conclusion is Stalin must have been a pretty good guy.

    Steve57 (d941b2)

  13. USA for LA run out of town on a rail.

    epwj is outraged.

    askeptic (c0a6ed)

  14. As far as that goes, Hitler had a nice, loyal dog who loved him.

    Bar Sinister (664312)

  15. What does a dog know?

    He is supposed to have killed his niece.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)


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