Appealing an earlier ruling for news outlet, Cannizzaro's office says that public records requests for so-called "DA subpoenas" were too broad. The Lens is asking for more records.
This is the first indication of how often prosecutors used the bogus documents.
The Jefferson Parish DA's turned over 92 "DA subpoenas" in response to a public records request from The Lens. The documents date from 2016 and 2017, before DA Paul Connick ended the practice.
DA's lawyers say prosecutors enjoy immunity under the law. Judge says plaintiffs have a difficult path ahead.
Two people allege that prosecutors committed forgery, intimidated witnesses and obstructed justice by sending crime victims and witnesses so-called “DA subpoenas."
Staffers were told to use a notice that looked like a real court document, with “SUBPOENA” printed at the top.
Defense attorneys are seeking a new trial because their client was convicted after the victim received a fake subpoena.
Judge Byron Williams was a prosecutor when the DA’s office used an earlier version of its fake subpoenas.
Some have asked how Orleans Parish prosecutors used fake subpoenas for so long with no repercussions. We found several instances in which lawyers protested their use in court, but nothing happened. The practice stopped only when it was made public.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman also issued arrest warrants to two women after they disobeyed fake subpoenas.