Embattled Northshore D.A. Reed not running for reelection
St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed today announced he is not seeking reelection. The announcement comes amid a federal grand jury investigation.
"I have notified my key supporters that at this moment, I do not intend to qualify for re-election as District Attorney," Reed said in a statement today.
Reed also lashed out at the investigation, particularly how local news media reported the story:
"Lately, as you are no doubt aware, the New Orleans news media has repeatedly cast me, my dedicated staff, friends and even my family in a different and harsher light, making an endless series of allegations regarding my character, and creating unwarranted and obtrusive disruptions in the function of my office.
"These allegations have run the gamut, from accusing me of being too tough on crime and too insistent on getting criminal convictions, to how I spend my private campaign donations, to my brother's employment at the parish hospital, proving nothing it seems, but alleging everything under the sun."
Reed has spent three decades as St. Tammany's district attorney.