NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Time has run out for former Northshore District Attorney Walter Reed and his fight to remain free while his conviction is appealed. A federal judge in New Orleans this afternoon said the long time prosecutor must report to federal prison by April 1.
Judge Eldon Fallon ruling came Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 26), nearly two years after he was convicted. Back in April 2017 a federal jury convicted Reed on multiple wire fraud and money laundering counts, as well as for making false statements after allegations first came to light in a series of FOX 8 Lee Zurik investigations.
Reed’s attorney has filed a number of appeals and accused federal prosecutors of overreaching. But so far, those appeals have failed.
In court Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg said Reed’s time has come.
“The defendant has to face the music,” Ginsberg said. “And that music is a four-year sentence for Walter Reed."
After the ruling, Reed said he’s disappointed, but will “try and rise above it.”
“I’ve got my toothbrush packed and ready to go,” Reed said. “I’m looking forward, not backwards. I’m excited about a new life. Peace and love.”
Still, Reed’s attorney Rick Simmons said their fight isn’t over.
“We’re disappointed. We would have liked to of had 90 days more. The judgment isn’t final until the supreme court takes a look at it,” Simmons said.
Simmons said he will still file his appeal with the Supreme Court.
Reed said he’s looking forward to reading and writing and helping inmates with legal issues when he reports to federal prison. He must also pay more than $570,000 in restitution.