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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
Online Comments, Leaks Back In Play in Danziger Bridge Cops' Appeal
A federal judge gave a new indication Monday that Fred Heebe's dig through the trash at Jim Letten's office could end up putting important federal investigations in jeopardy. But it wasn't the probe into Heebe's River Birch Landfill that was addressed. Instead, Heebe's trash could be the treasure of the ex-NOPD convicted for their roles in the post-K killing and cover-up at the Danziger Bridge.
In a rangy 50-page order, U.S. District Judge Kurt Englehardt proved that like all good New Orleans news junkies, he is obsessed with the case of the two Assistant U.S. Attorneys who posted under a number of aliases on nola.com comment boards. He also told Letten's office to question reporters about anonymous sources associated with the case.
In the brief, which was a ruling on a motion in which the Danziger 7 asked for a new trial, Englehardt recounts the entire sordid tale of now-retired federal prosecutor Sal Perricone (aka Henry L Mencken1951) and Letten's embattled lieutenant Jan Mann (aka eweman). After going over the record of how both were exposed as commenters, Englehardt writes Perricone could have committed prosecutorial misconduct by commenting on the Danziger case while it was at trial. He provides a host of Perricone's postings on the case, including the following:
But it's not only Perricone he's concerned with now. Mann's outing as a commenter has thrown new question on the credibility of Letten's office, Englehardt writes. He writes that Mann and Perricone likely interacted on the comment boards, and toys with the idea that more prosecutors in Letten's office may have been commenting. He writes
Quite simply, no one, especially this Court, could reasonably find it credible that Perricone and former First AUSA Mann, while posting under the same nola.com articles, and responding to and echoing each other’s posts, were unaware of the identity of the other. Any assertion to the contrary belies the fact that both Perricone and then-First AUSA Mann are highly intelligent, experienced investigators and very capable prosecutors; and it is truly hard to believe that such seasoned, savvy and keenly insightful individuals, charged with unraveling the most complex white collar crimes in this District, would completely and totally overlook such an obvious thing, especially considering the information set forth in the posts of each.
While he clearly isn't happy about the commenting, Englehardt writes that he isn't prepared to rule that the commenting amounts to misconduct. He calls misconduct a "very near and present thing," but says the possibility of declaring a new trial remains "somewhat distant." In any case, he calls for the feds to implement an independent commission to investigate Perricone and Mann slamming the DOJ for being incapable of being able to conduct a full investigation.
While picking apart online comments is clearly one of Englehardt's prime preoccuptions, it's really leaks about the Danziger Bridge case that the Danziger 7 want him to rule on. In another stroke that could create yet another sideshow to the case, the judge orders Letten's office to question reporters that broke news about a plea deal for former NOPD Lt. Michael Lohman about who their sources were for the story, which ran in advance of the government's announcement. Perricone has denied being a source, but Englehardt wants to know who gave reporters from the Times-Picayune and other news outlets information about the ongoing case. From the filing:
It might be easy to ask, but a legal minefield likely awaits. Numerous reporters have gone to court to argue their right to protect their sources, citing the First Amendment. In the most famous case of the last decade, New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail to protect her sources in a case where a federal prosecutor was trying to determine who outed CIA agent Valerie Plame.
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