NEW ORLEANS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has sued New Orleans’ criminal prosecutor over what it calls “false subpoenas”.
The ACLU filed the public records lawsuit Monday against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
It’s the second civil rights group to file such a suit after news reports said his office sometimes sent out documents labeled as subpoenas without getting a judge’s approval — a practice Cannizzaro recently said has ended.
Cannizzaro’s spokesman, Assistant District Attorney Chris Bowman, says the office doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
The ACLU had asked for names and state bar association numbers of lawyers who sent documents identified as subpoenas but not authorized by a judge.
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center sued Friday, saying the office had refused to turn over subpoenas.