NEW ORLEANS - The Police Association of New Orleans is trying to intervene in the federal consent decree lawsuit over the police force, arguing for their inclusion in light of the recent online commenting scandal within the U.S. Attorney's office.
PANO filed a motion Friday in federal court re-urging for a role in the pending federal lawsuit, which has yet to be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan. Morgan previously ruled against PANO's request for intervention.
PANO attorney Eric Hessler noted that former U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone, who was part of a team involved in consent decree negotiations, used a moniker to comment anonymously at NOLA.com about the matter.
Perricone, under the name Henry L. Mencken1951, posted several highly critical comments about the mayor, police chief and the consent decree.
'Many of these comments contained false, misleading and inflammatory language,' the court filing notes. The comments 'were serious incidents of misconduct committed by an attorney for the plaintiff,' the filing adds.
Hessler argued that an ongoing federal investigation into online posting within the U.S. Attorney's office could reveal additional misconduct.
PANO has claimed it has been unfairly shut out of negotiations over a proposed consent decree. Morgan has yet to rule on this most recent motion.