Ex-St. Charles Parish DA permanently banned from practicing law

Recordings released of former St. Charles DA

ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel has been permanently barred from practicing law.

According to a release from the Louisiana Supreme Court, Morel chose to surrender his law license instead of facing the Disciplinary council.

Morel will not be allowed to practice law in Louisiana or in " any other jurisdiction" and he will be "permanently prohibited from seeking admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction" according to the release.

Morel pleaded guilty to a federal obstruction of justice charge in April. His plea followed a three-year investigation into accusations that Morel asked for sexual favors in exchange for leniency as a DA.

One of the many woman Morel is accused of preying on over the past 20 years, Danelle Keim, cooperated with investigators by secretly recording her conversations with Morel. Excerpts from those recordings were used in the federal government's case against Morel on April 20 when he pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction.

Morel had told Keim to destroy photographic evidence of their meetings.

Morel's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

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