Attorney Craig Mordock says he hopes other lawyers follow suit.
We reviewed 33 notices sent by prosecutors since 2015. They had the court clerk’s name on them and told people they were “notified … to testify.” DA Warren Montgomery said they were misleading, but he doesn’t believe they were misused. A legal expert called them a sham.
His office has told us it doesn’t know how often they were used, and it’s too hard to look.
The DA told the MacArthur Justice Center so-called “DA subpoenas” could be found in court records. The fake ones aren’t there.
In rejecting a public-records request from The Lens, the district attorney's office said it was too burdensome.
The possibilities include disciplinary action, federal charges, and nothing at all.
One of the threats came after her lawyer asked a judge to throw out the notice.
Criticism of the Orleans Parish DA’s office grew Thursday after a Lens investigation into the practice.
The DA's office is sending notices labeled “subpoena” to witnesses, threatening jail time if the person ignores them. But they're not real subpoenas. An assistant district attorney says they’re meant to persuade people who may ignore a simple letter.