The head of the court's community service office is accused of accepting a cash bribe in return for falsifying public records
The head of the Orleans Criminal District Court's Community Service Office has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation of alleged corrupt practices at Criminal Court, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.
Cassandra Johnson was arrested Thursday by investigators with the DA's office, who were accompanied by FBI agents.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro released a statement saying the arrest was made after investigators with the DA's office and NOPD officers assigned to the DA's office conducted a sting operation earlier this week, in which Ms. Johnson accepted a cash bribe in return for falsifying public records to relieve a convicted criminal defendant of his obligations to the criminal justice system.
"I want to personally thank Chief Judge Camille Buras and the Judicial Administrator for their cooperation in this phase of the investigation," Cannizzaro said.
"While I recognize that this and other recent events have caused us to question the practices of some in the criminal justice system, the citizens of this community deserve to have a fair and effective criminal justice system that is beyond suspicion," the DA added.