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Allegedly Corrupt Coroner Makes First Court Appearance

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Peter Galvan spent a long day at the federal courthouse in New Orleans on Wednesday.

According to courthouse workers, Galvan arrived in the morning for a hearing set for 2:00 in the afternoon.  Even though the hearing lasted less than 30 minutes, Galvan didn’t emerge from the courthouse until well after dark.

During his initial appearance and arraignment before a magistrate judge, Galvan entered a not guilty plea on the corruption charge he faces.

Outside of the courthouse, a watchdog group made it clear that it planned to follow the coroner’s legal case.

“To root out corruption across the state of Louisiana.  We are a force for justice,” said Belinda Parker Brown, the CEO of the group Louisiana United International.

Galvan has a pretrial hearing set for November 14th, and his trial is scheduled to begin on December 16th.

Galvan is accused of spending taxpayer money for personal expenses.  He’s expected to resign his position as coroner by the end of the week.

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