Justice Dept: Letten likely didn't know about blogging
The U.S. Justice Department's internal investigation has reportedly found that former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten probably did not know that two of his top prosecutors were commenting about active cases in an online forum.
According to a report in The Advocate, the report from the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility found that former First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone "engaged in extensive and intentional prosecutorial misconduct."
Perricone and Mann admitted they had been using pseudonyms to post in the comments section of a local news web site. The comments were often about cases that were still active in the federal court system.
Letten dismissed Perricone when Perricone admitted he was behind some of the comments. When Mann later admitted she had engaged in the same behavior, Letten was forced to resign.
The OPR has not released its report yet, but The Advocate reports the findings about Letten, Mann and Perricone were made public in a ruling from the bench in New Orleans. A judge found that Stacey Jackson, accused of taking kickbacks when she headed New Orleans Affordable Homeownership, would not be helped by being given access to the OPR report.