- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel, who pleaded guilty in April to a federal obstruction of justice charge, has been permanently barred from practicing law, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1YrU53x ) Morel has opted to surrender his law license in lieu of facing disciplinary action by the disciplinary council, the high court announced in a news release Friday.

The court said that Morel won’t be allowed to practice law in Louisiana or “in any other jurisdiction” and that he shall be “permanently prohibited from seeking admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.”

Morel’s guilty plea followed a three-year federal investigation into whether the veteran prosecutor solicited sexual favors from women in exchange for leniency as district attorney.

Authorities said the veteran prosecutor harassed potential grand jury witness Danelle Keim, who had cooperated with investigators by secretly recording conversations with Morel, but said that Morel preyed on at least 20 women over two decades.

Morel has denied those allegations.

Morel is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 17.

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


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