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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
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New Orleans Criminal Court is a study in crime and punishment, with many of the city's most horrific acts of violence recounted on a daily basis.

That makes a recent fight between two court employees all the more surprising.

Employees assigned to two different judges were issued municipal citations after a physical confrontation in early May, and are now returning to work this week after serving two-week suspensions, several courthouse sources confirmed.

Gina Bush, a case manager for Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson, and Ashley DeDe, who works for Judge Robin Pittman, were involved in a scrap while working at the court's offices in the Tulane Tower building near the courthouse.

It isn't clear what sparked the confrontation between the former friends, but witnesses were present and gave accounts of the fight to court officials.

While officers reportedly issued citations, no police report has been filed and the cases had not been set on the Municipal Court docket as of this week.

Neither of the judges could be reached for comment.


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