Longtime EBR public defender employee pleads guilty

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2009 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The longtime chief investigator for the
Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office admitted in federal court that
he bribed a now former city prosecutor "and other court
officials" to fix criminal and traffic cases in City Court and
state District Court in Baton Rouge.
Edward James' guilty plea Monday is the third in a federal probe
dubbed Operation Illegal Motion.
Former senior city prosecutor Flitcher Bell and recently retired
Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Darrell Johnson pleaded guilty Friday to
bribery charges in the federal investigation.
The 65-year-old James, who has 35 years with the East Baton
Rouge Parish Public Defender's Office, pleaded guilty to
racketeering and conspiracy charges that alleged both bribery and
extortion.
A bill of information unsealed Monday alleges James' illegal
actions stretched from 2006 until last month.