Criminal Justice

Defense Attorney Arrested in Court, Accused of Stalking Female Prosecutor

A Louisiana defense attorney was arrested Thursday on a warrant in a New Orleans courtroom and charged Friday with two counts of stalking after police say he harassed a female prosecutor.

Maurice Tyler is accused of entering a courtroom Wednesday in which a prosecutor was working, despite being told to stay away from her, the Times-Picayune reports.

The newspaper says a police report states that he “has stalked several assistant district attorneys, sent e-mails and telephoned at 4 a.m.” The exact nature of the claimed harassment isn’t clear, the newspaper says, although several women at the Orleans Parish courthouse have complained about him.

The article doesn’t include any comment from Tyler—who is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail—or his legal counsel. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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