Crime & Safety,
September 24th, 2009
The New Orleans interim inspector general released a letter today from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in which Letten says a recent report alleging poor management practices in the IG’s office “does not assert any facts or allegations suggesting violations of federal criminal law,” according to nola.com.
The report, which was prepared by the IG’s office at the direction of then interim inspector general Len Odom and released last week, alleged that Odom’s predecessor, Robert Cerasoli, had overspent on computers and other equipment.
Odom left the office shortly after his permanent successor, Edouard Quatrevaux, was chosen by the Ethics Review Board. The board’s chairman has generally derided the report Odom commissioned, chalking its conclusions up to ill will between Cerasoli and Odom, his former first assistant.
The office’s current leader, David Westerling, is serving on an interim basis until Quatrevaux returns from a month-long leave to attend to business matters.
More detailed descriptions of previous developments into the IG drama can be found here and here.
Main link: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/09/us_attorney_jim_letten_says_ig.html