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West Bank man indicted for jury tampering in brother's case


New Orleans, La. - Last September, Casey Warren described to FOX 8 how he and his brother, Sean Warren, allegedly were mistreated at the hands of Jefferson Parish deputies.

Casey Warren claims the night started with a run-in with a JPSO detective on the Crescent City Connection. And later, the brothers say, JPSO deputies showed up at their Algiers home and beat and tasered them.

Attorney Frank Desalvo represents the Warren brothers and recently filed a federal lawsuit on their behalf against Sheriff Newell Normand and several Jefferson Parish deputies.

"There's video every time you engage a taser, so if they tasered somebody three times in the back of a police car, I mean, they are going to provide their own evidence that's going to hang them," says Frank Desalvo.

Desalvo believes he has a good case. Yet trouble is mounting for the brothers in state court.

Casey Warren was recently on trial for a separate case in Orleans Parish. He's accused of being a felon with a firearm. His trial ended in a hung jury.

Now, a grand jury has indicted Casey's brother Sean for obstruction of justice and jury tampering in that case.

"Apparently, he was in his truck and he was leaving the same time they were leaving. He looked at them and they looked at him," says Desalvo.

Desalvo says Sean Warren is accused of monitoring the jurors as they were leaving the court.

But court documents obtained by FOX 8 state something different.  

"The D approached a juror who was deciding his brother's case," reads one document. "He offered him money in exchange for a hung/NG verdict for his brother."

Desalvo questions the state's case.  "I feel like it's really overzealous prosecution, and it's like a kid on the playground who lost his game and wants to pick up his marbles and go home," says Desalvo

Casey Warren remains in jail on a $250,000 fine.

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