W O W ! ! I think it is wishful thinking for Letten to believe that this episode won’t have any effect on pending cases. Aside from that, this demonstrates the danger of assuming that those entrusted with representing the government are above reproach. And the defendants, lawyers, judges, and persons under investigation who were subjected to the running commentary from the heart of the U.S. Attorney’s office should wonder where Mr. Letten’s to them apology was — does he intend to apologize to Heebe, Lemann, Berrigan, etc?. ~ BRlawyer nola.com
And that comment to this NOLA.com story by Gordon Russell and Paul Rioux on the fallout from the revelation that Henry L. Mencken1951=Sal Perricone sums up exactly why Perricone needs to do the right thing and resign. His actions have compromised a massive federal investigation into the Jefferson Parish landfill contract, among others, that have tentacles back to literally the very early days after Hurricane Katrina. What Perrricone did was wrong and in fact was unethical. Simply put following the rules is what makes the good guys “good”.
True, Mr Perricone has the same first amendment rights as everyone else and yes, as Jason over at American Zombie alluded to yesterday there is way more to this story. At this point all we have is the realm of speculation to deal with there. From a practical standpoint there is a investigation to salvage and that can not happen with Perricone in the mix at Team Letten.
We should all be heartened to see Mr Letten promise that this matter would be dealt with in a forthright manner and Slabbed intends to hold his office to that promise.
Finally I think this is a good time to address all the issues Perricone’s actions have brought to the fore. Do government employees have the right to express their opinions online? Is Judge Ivan Lemelle really “Ivan the Terrible” as Perricone claims? Does Judge Ginger Berrigan really love criminals as much as she loved bad faith insurance companies after Hurricane Katrina? Perricone’s opinions of those two jurists happen to match what we’ve reported on Slabbed over the course of the last 4 years. In this case the problem is the messenger, not the message. Folks do not mix work with blogging. Lawyers should not comment on their own cases in public online forums as nothing good can come from that. Besides that is what I’m for anyhow. 😉
Sal, once you square things up with your employer we’d love to hear from you. From one blogger to another, Sein Fein.