St Tammany DA Update – 6/24/14

St. Tammany ADA Leo Hemelt received federal grand jury subpoena, sources say

Heather Nolan, | The Times-Picayune
Lee Zurik, Fox 8 News/

St. Tammany Parish Assistant District Attorney Leo Hemelt has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating his boss, District Attorney Walter Reed, sources have confirmed to | The Times Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News. When Reed served as outside legal counsel to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, he occasionally sent Hemelt to board meetings in his place.

Hemelt has since announced his resignation from the District Attorney’s Office.
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Reed terminated his deal with the hospital last month, less than two weeks after the news organizations raised questions about his position. Reed was paid a $30,000 annual retainer for more than 15 years with no contract or documents that laid out what he did to earn the money.

Reed said Hemelt was not paid with public money to attend the meetings.

Hemelt resigned from the district attorney’s office June 3. According to his resignation letter, which the news organizations obtained through a public records request, Hemelt said his last day will be Aug. 1. He “requested or offered to stay on part time to do public records requests,” according to the letter.

One Response to “St Tammany DA Update – 6/24/14”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Jerry jones should resign and nanci summergill great move for this area

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