All our readers in greater New Orleans well know state judge turned convicted felon Ronald Bodenheimer. Like so many judges on the bench in Jefferson Parish, Bodenheimer traces his roots to the DA’s office though in the case of Bodenheimer it was former DA John Mamoulides, who’s links to local organized crime are well docuemnted on these pages. Paul Purpura over at the Times Picayune has an incredible story of a man on death row for murdering his wife with some of the proof being the life insurance policy he took out on her. After Bodenheimer prosecuted the man for murder for the DA’s office he represented the family on a civil suit against the insurance company in the process arguing diametrically opposing legal arguments from the ones he used to put the murderer, Manuel Ortiz on death row at Angola. It is a legal conflict of interest that is simply stunning and Paul’s story is well worth the read.
The fact employees of current DA Paul Connick are still allowed to moonlight is stunning IMHO.