- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawyer says the former district attorney of south Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish plans to plead guilty to a federal obstruction of justice charge.

A bill of information filed in federal court in New Orleans says that while he was serving as a prosecutor, Harry J. Morel Jr. harassed an unidentified federal grand jury witness and told the witness to destroy evidence- thereby obstructing an investigation of Morel.

Morel’s lawyer, Ralph Capitelli, said in a phone interview that Morel intends to plead guilty.

Morel was district attorney for 33 years. He stepped down in 2012 but served as an assistant district attorney until early 2013.

The bill of information, dated March 31, was made public Tuesday. Conviction carries up to three years in prison.


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