District Judge Kirk Granier
has been recommended for censure by the state Judiciary Commission for paying his girlfriend for consulting services and funding a certification course for her, all with taxpayer money. The recommendation includes restitution fees of nearly $3,000 and goes to the state Supreme Court. Granier argued the Code of Judicial Conduct doesn¹t specifically ban hiring girlfriends, but the panel maintains his action created an appearance of impropriety.
Glenda Spears and Angela Kirkland,
a former public defender and drug-court case manager, respectively, were fined and sentenced to community service and house arrest for their scheme to take bribes from probationers in exchange for early release from their drug-court obligations. An undercover agent nabbed Kirkland in the act. After that, Kirkland helped federal prosecutors to snare Spears via wiretapped phone calls.
an ex-Orleans Parish Schools payroll clerk, received a two-year federal prison term for stealing about $71,000 from the school system. Serrano admitted that between 2002-2003 he provided duplicated checks or fake travel reimbursements to co-workers who paid him kickbacks. Seven former co-workers pleaded guilty in the scam; three received probation while four await sentencing. All must pay restitution.