There’s a lot of talk on the street about the U.S. Attorney’s Office lately, and none of it is very good.
Jim Letten’s office, right up to the Fred Heebe investigation, has been a model of efficiency. From Edwin Edwards to David Duke to Aaron Broussard and on and on and on, Jim Letten’s convictions are mind boggling.
And so is the latest story of Letten’s 2nd in command, Jan Mann, blogging on NOLA.com just like former prosecutor Sal Perricone was. Now a federal judge is ordering more information released from Letten’s office on this matter.
Reportedly, Letten’s office knew about the blogging before the news broke. Letten’s job could be in jeopardy.
Four years ago, the republican-appointed Letten was allowed to stay on as U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Louisiana. Mary Landrieu, a democrat, went to bat for Letten with the Obama administration. The president said he would leave the decision up to Landrieu. Hopefully that’s the case again this time around and hopefully Landrieu sees it fit to keep Letten.
Did Perricone’s – and now Jan Mann’s – antics online hurt the credibility of Letten’s office? Of course it did. But does it outweigh all the good Letten’s office has done for our community the last decade or so? I don’t think so. But that’s not for me to decide. That’ll be left up to Senator Mary Landrieu and President Barack Obama.