Hearing in ACLU lawsuit over 'false subpoenas'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says a judge is hearing arguments in its lawsuit over what it calls "false subpoenas" issued by New Orleans' criminal prosecutor.

The ACLU sued District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in May, after news reports said his office sometimes sent out documents labeled as subpoenas without getting a judge's approval. Cannizzaro has said it no longer does so.

The group says he has refused to turn over public records identifying the attorneys involved, and Civil District Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott will hear arguments Tuesday.

ACLU executive director Marjorie Esman says in a news release that the public has a right to know who's responsible.

A separate lawsuit filed by the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center said Cannizzaro's office had refused to turn over subpoenas.

© 2017 Associated Press


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