Saturday, April 01, 2006

New Orleans judge investigated

Prosecutors continue their probe of a federal judge in New Orleans:
The longtime secretary of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. appeared before a federal grand jury Friday, signaling that prosecutors have not dropped their investigation into Porteous, a former Jefferson Parish jurist who serves in the Eastern District of Louisiana at the New Orleans federal courthouse.

The secretary apparently delivered two boxes of documents to the federal grand jury, which has been investigating the influence of Bail Bonds Unlimited in Jefferson Parish, where Judge Porteous served on a state court before being appointed by President Clinton to the federal bench. A special federal investigation, "Operation Wrinkled Robe," began probing the case in 1999:

Former Jefferson Parish Judges Alan Green and Ronald Bodenheimer are serving prison sentences for their roles in the Wrinkled Robe case.

Porteous served on the 24th District Court in Jefferson Parish from 1984 until then-President Bill Clinton nominated him to the federal bench in 1994. He and his wife, who has since died, declared bankruptcy in 2001.

Two judges in prison, a third under investigation ... you ever hear of "Operation Wrinkled Robe" before? Me neither. Lots of headlines about former Republican congressional staffers, but nothing about corrupt Democratic judges.


coverage of New Orleans:

3/20: Sanity in New Orleans
3/18: Police looting OK in New Orleans
3/17: Dean screams in New Orleans
2/15: Morial spews a flood of lies
2/4: New vote-fraud opportunities
1/26: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy