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Ambien Into History: Perricone Blames Sleeping Pills for Online Commenting
Henry L. Mencken1954 was the result of Ambien-fueled haze, says the former New Orleans prosecutor who was behind the nola.com handle. In a 13-page letter to a judge, Sal Perricone says that he doesn't remember making the online comments that eventually ended his long tenure in the local U.S. Attorney's office.
Nagin Trial Delay Denied
Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger decision is still wafting through the federal courthouse, but the smell wasn't quite strong enough for the judge in charge of Ray Nagin's case to change anything. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan denied the indicted former mayor's request to delay his trial because of online comments in Jim Letten's U.S. Attorney's office.
Ex-NOAH Chief Wants DOJ's Comment Scandal Report, Too
When it comes to local public officials accused of corruption, the fallout from Judge Kurt Engelhardt's Danziger Bridge decision is now going two-by-two. Indicted former NOAH Director Stacey Jackson is now joining indicted former mayor Ray Nagin in filing for the release of documents connected to online commenting in the U.S. Attorney's office before any trial begins. Bringing another dimension to the scandal, Jackson is bringing race-infused comments into the mix.
Feds: Nagin Trial Delay Should Be No-Go
Ray Nagin is trying to get his paws on a government report about online commenting and delay his corruption trial in the process. But the feds hit back, arguing in court papers that while the indicted former New Orleans mayor may have taken plenty of heat from Henry L Mencken1951, the U.S. Attorney's office higher-up behind the alias wasn't working on his case.
Judge Rejects City's Motion to Halt Consent Decree
The federally-run reform plan designed to change the culture at NOPD will go forward, for now. On Friday, a judge denied the City's attempt to get out of the consent decree. After their motion was rejected, the City filed notice that it would appeal the entire consent decree.
Mann and Eweman: 2nd Prosectuor Dumped on Comment Boards, Heebe Claims
Since the storm, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten brought plenty of officials down from the heights of power, and even their big benches. Over the past few years, Letten has been finding that going all the way to the top of the landfill, however, is another matter altogether. Fed target and trash baron Fred Heebe already forced the resignation of longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone for commenting on nola.com as Henry L. Mencken 1951. Today, the River Birch landfill owner who is widely believed to be the target of a federal influence-peddling investigation is going after another commenter: eweman.
'Mencken' Recounts Redoubt
After he was outed by trash baron Fred Heebe as Henry L. Mencken1951, Sal Perricone came clean, and hung up his spurs in the U.S. Attorney's office, as well as the nola.com comment boards. This weekend, Perricone's words appear in a public forum for the first time in an interview conducted by New Orleans Magazine's Allen Johnson. Among other things, we learn that he actually uses "redoubt" when speaking, and that he also appeared on the nola.com comment boards as "legacyusa" and "dramatis personae." But above all, Perricone has a message: Don't use the Internet to blow off steam. Full story & statement here.
Letten's Office Sends Probe of Garbage Magnate Upstream
Jim Letten gets the Heebes in today's Friday afternoon news dump, brought to you by the local U.S. Attorney's office. In a statement releaed at the very end of business hours, Letten announced his office was recusing from the feds' investigation of the River Birch Landfill. The move, which is almost surely tied to the outing of one of the prosecutors on the case as a nola.com commenter, transfers the probe, which has already yielded indictments of a former state official and the landfill's chief financial officer, to the federal Department of Justice, which is based in Washington.
'Mencken' Marooned: Sal Perricone Resigns from U.S. Attorney's Office
Sal Perricone survived a spat with the Canal Street Brothel, and fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. But the Internet proved to be too much for the now-former Assistant U.S. Attorney. The man who commented as "Henry L. Mencken1951" on nola.com resigned this morning, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Federal Prosecutor Trashed Fred Heebe Online
The sins at the center of the latest scandal to erupt from New Orleans' halls of power were not carried out in a back alley, or even on a yacht. Instead, they were simply the work of a man sitting down at his desk and writing out his thoughts. At the behest of trash tycoon Fred Heebe, NOLA.com commenter Henry L. Mencken1951 was outed today. The man hiding behind the curmudgeonly cloak was indeed one of the federal prosecutors figured to be leading the effort to bring Heebe down from the top of the landfill.
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