Crooked St Charles DA Update

Records: Feds weighed racketeering charge against Harry Morel

By Jim Mustian

The U.S. Department of Justice approved but later declined to pursue federal racketeering charges against Harry Morel, the former St. Charles Parish district attorney who admitted this year to soliciting sexual favors from women facing criminal charges, according to FBI records released Monday.

Federal prosecutors had been planning to charge Morel with “at least 30 racketeering acts,” including solicitation of sexual bribes, according to a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Michael Zummer, the FBI’s lead agent on the case.

The presentation, released Monday in response to a public records request, offered several new details about the long-running investigation, including graphic allegations that Morel forced at least two women to perform oral sex on him and groped several others.

But Zummer’s summary of the case, forwarded to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for consideration of potential state charges, does not explain why the Justice Department ultimately decided to charge Morel with only a single count of obstructing justice.

Morel pleaded guilty to that charge in March and is expected to begin serving a three-year prison term later this month. A racketeering conviction would have subjected him to a prison term of up to 20 years, but prosecutors apparently decided they could not prove that charge beyond a reasonable doubt, even though they threatened to charge Morel with racketeering at one point.

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One Response to “Crooked St Charles DA Update”

  1. biggs Says:

    Does this mean the state will chargeh?

    Sent from my iPhone

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