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Fact Check: James O’Keefe Exposes DOJ Corruption in Louisiana and sets the record straight

James O’Keefe, President of Project Veritas Action Fund, released a new video in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today and filed documents pertaining to gross prosecutorial misconduct in the case where he was prosecuted for entering the office of Senator Mary Landrieu allegedly under false pretenses. The documents filed included Ethical Conduct Complaints with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board against former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann and former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and a DOJ Ethics Complaint against Karla Dobinski, the Deputy Chief of Criminal Section at the Civil Rights Division.

O’Keefe’s prosecutor Jan Mann, Jim Mann and Sal Perricone have been forced to resign and surrender their federal Bar credentials, but they are still able to practice law in state courts. Their boss, Jim Letten, was forced to resign but is now a Dean at Tulane. Most egregious, Karla Dobinski has had no real disciplinary actions taken against her. She is currently working in the same DOJ component involved in recent major Ferguson, MO and NYC issues.

“It is in the public’s best interest that none of these people should be able to practice in either state or federal court again,” said James O’Keefe.

On January 25th, 2010, James O’Keefe was arrested with three colleagues by the FBI and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony, a charge that was well beyond the actual facts of the case.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten recused himself from the case, leaving the prosecution in the hands of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann, who had multiple documented connections with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator Landrieu’s brother was also involved in the leadership of the office and worked closely with Attorney Mann.

Michael Madigan, James O’Keefe’s attorney, requested the case be moved to another jurisdiction due to these relationships. However, this was not granted.

The facts of the case are straightforward with no criminal intent.

Weeks after O’Keefe’s arrest, privileged client-attorney emails were released to the press in a possible criminal action by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Last year, five New Orleans police officers who had been convicted of a deadly shooting had their convictions overturned. A scandal was uncovered at the time where at least three U.S. Attorneys, Sal Perricone, Jan Mann and Karla Dobinski, had posted comments about the case online, all from Letten’s office. These comments included prejudicial comments condemning the cops during the trial.

Upon further investigation, we uncovered several blog posts with the screenname “LegacyUSA,” who is identified as Sal Perricone in court documents. “LegacyUSA” wrote comments about O’Keefe’s case, including one after the day following his arrest stating “Sure they should be punished. Throw the book at them.”

The case ended on May 25, 2010 with O’Keefe receiving an unusual and unprecedented three years of probation for a Class B Misdemeanor.

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