- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former state prosecutor Walter Reed, who was recently convicted on multiple federal charges, has been suspended from practicing law by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Reed’s attorney, Rick Simmons, told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1PbKqsk) he had not seen the order late Friday and would reserve comment.

Simmons did say he had asked the court to hold off on a decision until the federal court in New Orleans rules on motions he filed seeking an acquittal or new trial for Reed, who served for 30 years as district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

But the state’s high court ruled Friday, granting the interim suspension sought by the state’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

A hearing on his motions is scheduled July 21, Simmons said.

Reed was convicted May 2 on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and making false statements on his tax returns. He was found guilty on 18 of 19 counts after an 11-day trial before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon. Sentencing was set for Sept. 15.

Reed was found guilty of spending campaign funds for personal use, failing to report that money as income and giving his son campaign money disguised as legitimate campaign expenses. He also was found guilty of taking payments from St. Tammany Parish Hospital that should have gone to the district attorney’s office.

Both Reed and Simmons have said they would appeal the verdicts.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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