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Weeks after taking office, U.S. Attorney Polite moves fast in Galvan case


NEW ORLEANS - Just a few weeks after his swearing in as U.S. attorney for Louisiana's Eastern District, Kenneth Polite moved quickly with charges against St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan.

Galvan, who was charged in a bill of information Friday, faces numerous corruption allegations.

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg believes it's a sign of things to come.

"I know there was a question mark with (Polite), in whether he was going to have that same commitment to public corruption as his predecessor, and I think this particular charge demonstrates that he does, and that he will and I think that's what you are going to see in the future," Rosenberg said.

Moving forward on the charges was an important decision for Polite, Rosenberg said, although federal agents launched their investigation into Galvan's alleged activities months ago.

"(Agents) run those facts past the U.S. attorney as well as his colleagues who have signed on," Rosenberg said. "They've got assistant U.S. attorneys who are handling the investigation and then Mr. Polite makes the ultimate decision, and he did, and he signed off on the bill of information."

Rosenberg believes it's a case of good timing for Polite, as the charges against Galvan came one day after he announced indictments against several people for guns and drugs.

"I think he's shown that he's going to be able to handle all types of criminal matters involving the federal government," he said.

However, the case against Galvan is getting the most attention.

It's another example, Rosenberg said, of a violation of public trust.

"Can there be a charge for stupidity in the federal system as a crime? Because if so, then Galvan should've been charged with that type of crime," Rosenberg said. "I mean, you're making a lot of money. You see public officials get charged day in and day out. But to abuse the public funds that way and to be at the public trough for personal gain is the kind of thing that you know people are not going to tolerate."

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