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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.
The federal lawsuit says the use of fake subpoenas by Orleans Parish prosecutors was “widespread and systemic.” Prosecutors obtained arrest warrants for 10 people because they ignored fake subpoenas, according to the suit Six were jailed, sometimes for days without seeing a judge.