Remember those rogue prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans who continually commented, anonymously, on articles in the local paper concerning their own cases? Regular readers will recall that I wrote about this extensively, including the way that the federal judge on the case laid into the prosecutors for their stunning lack of ethics. Two of those sock-puppeting prosecutors have resigned in disgrace, and managed to keep their licenses by agreeing to stay out of federal court so that judge and his colleagues will never have to look at them again.
If I added any value to that controversy, it was in noting that the office that was crawling with unethical sock-puppeteers . . . is the same office that had prosecuted James O’Keefe. Indeed, extremely observant readers may remember that I wrote, in November 2012:
AUSA Jan Mann is one of the people excoriated by the judge for leaving numerous comments on nola.com about a pending case and lying about it. Mann was quoted in the press at the time James O’Keefe was prosecuted by this same office. And at the time of O’Keefe’s prosecution, guess what she said?
Mann, the first assistant U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, declined to talk about specifics of the case, but said there were are no ulterior motives with their case.
“We don’t try cases in the press,” Mann told FoxNews.com. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is motivated by nothing more than what we believe is to mandate and enforce the existing laws that were put in place to ensure the safety and security of federal buildings.”
We don’t try cases in the press — unless we do so anonymously, and then lie to the court about it.
I wonder if they left anonymous comments about the O’Keefe case. I especially wonder whether they left such comments on nola.com. Frankly, I don’t see how they could have helped themselves.
Always trust content from Patterico.
I knew in my bones that these prosecutors must have commented on articles about O’Keefe. I looked and looked for those comments, but never could find any.
Well, guess what?
James O’Keefe has.
Here is an image of “legacyusa” commenting on a James O’Keefe article at nola.com (the Web site of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)
Who is “legacyusa”? One of the sock-puppeting U.S. Attorneys from New Orleans — that’s who.
Beyond that, I can’t say more, because to be honest, I wrote this post last night, and scheduled it to publish today after O’Keefe’s press conference. And I don’t know what else O’Keefe has dug up, or how he is going to tie it to Landrieu (although the relationship between Landrieu and sock-puppeting disgrace Jan “we don’t try our cases in the press” Mann is well known).