Gordon Russell / The New Orleans Advocate
NEW ORLEANS -- An internal Justice Department investigation into the online-commenting scandal at former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office “unequivocally concluded” that top Letten lieutenants Jan Mann and Sal Perricone “engaged in extensive and intentional prosecutorial misconduct.”
But the 152-page report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility also found that Mann and Perricone were likely the only prosecutors in the office engaged in such online hijinks, and that Letten — who was brought down by the scandal — was likely unaware of the duo’s exploits until they were exposed publicly.
The OPR report, much like a separate inquiry into possible prosecutorial misconduct in Letten’s shop that was overseen by prosecutor John Horn of Atlanta, remains hidden from public view, with the Justice Department thus far refusing to release it to reporters. The report was completed about six months ago.
But a synopsis of its findings was made public late Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon and U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson, who read OPR’s report and concluded it would not help the defense of accused fraudster Stacey Jackson.
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