Government Law

DA's Office Can't Ethically Hire Receptionist Laid Off By His Former Law Firm, Panel Says

A Louisiana district attorney can’t hire a receptionist laid off at his former private law firm, because doing so could provide an economic benefit to the firm by reducing its unemployment costs, a state ethics panel has determined.

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. asked the Louisiana Board of Ethics for an opinion before deciding whether to hire the woman, so she was never an employee of the DA’s office, the Times-Picayune reports.

“The bottom line is, she’s not hired,” Connick told the newspaper.

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