Angela Hill: OPEN BOOK with U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite
New Orleanians demanded it would be a new day after hurricane Katrina…that it wouldn’t be business as usual….that we would be a better, more transparent and honest community…and that corruption wouldn’t be tolerated.
Among those who stepped up to move it in that direction was Jim Letten and the office of the U.S. Attorney. For years there was a sense that public and private corruption were successfully in its cross hairs.
But last year…a bombshell! What has been labeled as “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct ended the career of Jim Letten and his top two prosecutors. It was shocking, disappointing and on some level infuriating that the very office we were depending on to help clean up the area…was in fact…not playing clean.
The fallout from this is still going on…
But, it is a new day for the U.S. Attorney’s office…with a new man at the helm…a New Orleanian whose life may have begun at the Calliope housing project, but has taken to him to school at Harvard and Georgetown and to work as a prosecutor in New York City.
Kenneth polite has come home again.
He’s my guest today at 3pm. Join us, won’t you?