Criminal Justice

Live chat Thursday: Discuss The Lens’ reporting on fake subpoenas in and around New Orleans

Thursday at noon CDT, Lens reporter Charles Maldonado will take questions about our ongoing investigation into fake subpoenas.

In April, The Lens reported that the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office delivered fake subpoenas to pressure witnesses to come in for questioning. The practice apparently went on for years.

Defense attorneys and legal experts said the notices were misleading, unethical and possibly illegal.

The day we told the DA’s office what our story would report, it announced the practice would stop.

The Jefferson Parish DA’s office also sent notices falsely labeled subpoenas. On the North Shore, prosecutors sent notices that weren’t called subpoenas, but looked like official court notices.

Those agencies also said they’d stop immediately.

Join us at noon Thursday to discuss what we know about the practice and offer suggestions on where to direct our reporting.

In the meantime, read our stories so far:

Live chat, noon Thursday

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About Steve Myers

Steve Myers is editor of The Lens. Before joining the staff in 2012, Myers was managing editor of Poynter Online, the preeminent source of news and training about the journalism industry. At Poynter, he wrote about emerging media practices such as citizen journalism, nonprofit news sites, real-time reporting via social media, data-oriented news apps, iPhoneography, and the fact-checking movement. Six of his 10 years in newspapers were spent as a local government reporter in Mobile, Ala., where he focused on local government accountability, from jail management to hurricane preparation and response. He can be reached at (504) 298-9750.