New Orleans Sheriff: Ex-US Attorney under investigation
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Investigators found narcotics in an envelope former U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan was handing to a jail inmate in a New Orleans courtroom, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s news release says Jordan, 65, is “a suspect” in an investigation involving contraband. As of Thursday afternoon, he had not been arrested or charged. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
Jordan has kept a relatively low profile for more than a decade but he was once among the most recognized faces in New Orleans — first as a U.S. attorney whose team successfully convicted former Gov. Edwin Edwards on corruption charges in 2000, later as a beleaguered local district attorney.
A Democrat who served as U.S. Attorney during the Clinton Administration, he left that post in 2001 when Republican George W. Bush took office. He won the New Orleans district attorney election in 2002 but resigned in 2007 amid stinging criticism over high-profile crime cases that fell apart and a $3.7 million discrimination verdict against his office. Dozens of white former employees had filed suit saying they were fired by Jordan, who is black, because of their race.
Jordan has since been in private practice, including criminal defense work.
The sheriff’s news release said the investigation began after Jordan was seen in court Thursday interacting with a client, an inmate at the nearby jail, where drugs and other contraband have been a recurring problem.
“A courtroom deputy observed Jordan handing an envelope to his client and took the appropriate steps to search the envelope before the inmate accessed it,” the release said. “OPSO investigators arrived on scene and recovered contraband in the form of illegal narcotics.”
Other details, including the type of drugs found, were not released.