Trials and Litigation

Judge subpoenas sheriff to explain why assistant DA jailed for violating gag order was released

An assistant prosecutor who acts as a spokesman for the New Orleans district attorney’s office was sent to jail for 24 hours Thursday afternoon by a judge who found him in contempt of a gag order for speaking to the media about a murder case.

But Assistant Orleans Parish DA Christopher Bowman was released within hours so he could perform “community service” at the DA’s office, a spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman told the Times-Picayune.

Meanwhile, a state appeals court nixed the contempt order by Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo, another Times-Picayune article reports.

At last report, Marullo had subpoenaed the sheriff to appear in court Friday and explain why Bowman had so quickly been released. There’s no word yet on what happened in court Friday.

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