DuBos: Feds need to investigate thoroughly online comments

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Posted on March 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 20 at 6:21 PM

The resignation of former assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone does not mean the end of the controversy surrounding his online comments.  That’s the subject of this week’s commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

It’s not often that the Justice Department has to investigate one of its own. But that’s exactly what’s happening to former federal prosecutor Sal Perricone, who posted scads of vitriolic comments on NOLA.com.

As a federal prosecutor, Perricone was supposed to refrain from commenting on open cases. His Internet rants appear to violate not only Justice Department guidelines, but also ethical rules governing attorney conduct.

Perricone has resigned, but the Justice Department inquiry into his online activities — and possibly other matters — will continue. Which raises the question: Will anyone else go down with him?

The answer depends on what the investigators learn. While they’re looking into Perricone’s Internet activity — and who else might have known about it — they should also look into his 2010 hit-and-run accident. Perricone rear-ended another vehicle, fled the scene, drove to his office, and then took an ambulance to Ochsner Hospital. He was never ticketed.

The feds have done a great job putting local crooks in jail. Now that one of their own is under scrutiny, they need to bring the same zeal for ferreting out the whole truth to this investigation as well … no matter where the investigation might lead.

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