Assistant U.S. Attorney exposed as online troll behind abusive comments about local officials and businessman
By Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 20:33 EST, 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:33 EST, 22 November 2012
A federal prosecutor has been demoted after anonymously posting abusive comments on an online news site.
Jan Mann, who was First Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, doled out personal abuse and even offered opinions on cases she was working on, all under a ‘sock puppet’ pseudonym.
This is the second time this year that someone in the office of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten has been caught trolling online, and could endanger the senior prosecutor’s position.
Ms Mann’s online misbehaviour was unmasked by businessman Fred Heebe, a landfill tycoon whose company is under investigation by her office.
He had previously claimed the scalp of Sal Perricone, another assistant attorney who resigned in March after being sued for defamation over comments he had made about Mr Heebe on NOLA.com, a local news website.
And earlier this month, he filed a lawsuit against Ms Mann, whom he accused of posting at least 40 times on NOLA.com under the pseudonym ‘eweman’.
Whatever the merits of the case against Heebe, this US Attorney’s office’s lack of professionalism is making Larry, Moe & Curly look the epitome of decorum and professionalism!