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Former assistant district attorney says he attended hospital board meetings for Reed

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A former assistant district attorney working under Walter Reed took the stand in the former district attorney Walter Reed’s corruption trial.

Leo Hemelt says he was dumbfounded when Reed asked him to sign an affidavit saying he attended St. Tammany Parish hospital board meetings as a favor to Reed.

Hemelt frequently represented Reed at the meetings thinking it was part of his job responsibility.

Prosecutors say Reed was receiving direct payments from the hospital board to be present and advise the board.

Hemelt later left the district attorney’s office saying he was concerned about news stories coming out about those hospital board payments, specifically reports done by Lee Zurik.

Reed faces 19 counts of corruption charges, along with his son Steven, who is also on trial.

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