He will join his bro-in-law, Judge Green.
Feds say misdeeds cast long shadow -
Prosecutors highlight toll of bond rulings
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)
February 8, 2006
Author: Kate Moran
When Judge Alan Green reduced the bond for armed-robbery suspect Christopher Wilson, he helped unshackle a man who would kidnap, beat and attempt to drown a Baton Rouge woman just three weeks after he was released on bail.
Green will face sentencing Thursday in a sprawling corruption case, but his crime was not setting a potentially volatile suspect loose. Instead, federal prosecutors hope to use the Wilson case to secure a stringent sentence for the former Jefferson Parish judge, convicted last summer on a charge that only sounds mild.
When Green went to trial last spring, he fended off six of the seven counts listed in his indictment, including the most serious charge, racketeering. The jury convicted him of a single count of mail fraud for an elaborate scheme in which he accepted bribes from a Gretna bail bonds company in exchange for setting or splitting bonds in a way that inflated its profits.
"By doing these things in return for bribes, Green breached his duty of honest services to the public," they wrote. "But worse than that, he callously put innocent victims at serious risk of harm at the hands of the criminals he put back out onto the street."
Green is being sentenced Thursday in a corruption scheme that dates back at least six years. In a seven-count indictment brought in September 2004, prosecutors said Green accepted cash donations, meals and other valuable items in exchange for setting bonds in a way that favored Bail Bonds Unlimited. With the help of sheriff's deputies, the company would ascertain how much a suspect could afford to pay and go to the judge seeking a bond that would correspond with that amount.
2 more officials subpoenaed -
State judge, Jeff JP called in 'robe' probe
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA)
August 20, 2005
Author: Michelle Krupa
State appeals court Judge Susan Chehardy and Jefferson Parish Justice of the Peace Steve Mortillaro have received federal grand jury subpoenas for testimony and records of political donations and any other gifts they have received from Bail Bonds Unlimited, their attorneys said Friday.
Revelation of the subpoenas came just days after 24th District Court Judge Kernan "Skip" Hand and Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard said they received similar subpoenas, and it further expands insight into federal investigators' work on a corruption probe that has felled two Gretna courthouse judges and snared a dozen other defendants since it began in 1999.
Former state Judge Ronald Bodenheimer is now serving 46 months in prison. A jury convicted state Judge Alan Green of mail fraud in June but could not settle on other charges linked more closely to the heart of the government's case: that Bail Bonds Unlimited owner Louis Marcotte III bribed judges so they would set bonds to favor his company.
Though no campaign worker has been charged with a crime in the Operation Wrinkled Robe investigation, three campaign staffers of state Rep. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, D-New Orleans, were called as government witnesses during Green's trial.
Jefferson, who is Green's niece and the daughter of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, testified that she never received $800 cash from Green for her 2002 campaign. Green was captured by secret FBI surveillance video in his private chambers in 2002 taking the money from Gretna attorney W.J. LeBlanc.
Jefferson-Bullock's staff members, including campaign treasurer Jack Swetland, testified that they did not receive any cash on behalf of the campaign.
Corruption seems to run in the whole fam damily...
LOL! Thanks, it seems to be a family tradition. :-)