DA’s Audit — or Autopsy?



By: Allen  Johnson  

Where is the DA’s audit? It’s been six months since then-Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan Jr. vowed to approve an independent management audit of his much-maligned office. Instead, Jordan announced his resignation three weeks later (Oct. 30), leaving Acting DA Keva Landrum-Johnson to oversee the $25,000 study by the standard-setting National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). The audit began in earnest, but only after Jordan left and the DA’s office made a long, dramatic return from the brink of bankruptcy. The NDAA’s team of experts was supposed to make its report public earlier this year. However, a change of leadership in the national organization delayed the report. Sources say Landrum-Johnson reviewed a draft last week, which insiders expect will read more like an organizational autopsy than a management audit. The report’s grim conclusions are not expected to fault Landrum-Johnson. The interim DA will release a final report to the public “very soon,” one source says.  

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