ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The first week of testimony in the fraud and conspiracy trial of the former St. Tammany district attorney has ended.
On Friday afternoon the focus was on a lucrative deal to pay Walter Reed through St. Tammany Hospital. At issue was an unsigned hospital resolution regarding $30,000 yearly payments to Reed.
On the stand, the St. Tammany board chairman said Reed called him in 2014 and told him of a 1994 hospital resolution that was faxed to the hospital. It purported to authorize $30,000 payments to reed and others, and not to Walter Reed D.A.
Jon Evans testified that he was disappointed that no record of that resolution was ever found. Jurors are being asked to consider hospital resolutions one minute, restaurant tabs the next. There was extensive testimony Friday about lavish meals at the Dakota and Del Porto restaurants paid for through the Reed campaign.
"In fairytales and in trials you'd like to have a linear story, but because of the nature of this trial and the different types of violations that they are alleging, they have to put their witnesses on and their witnesses probably can only come certain days, so you're going to get a certain amount of disjointedness," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "The burden is on the prosecution to put it all together for the jury in the end."
Other testimony Friday focused on $500 gift cards that were added on to restaurant tabs paid for through the Reed campaign fund.
Prosecutors will call more witnesses Monday morning.