Online death threat against Jason Williams prompts extra precautions at federal court

Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 11:21 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Less than a week into his federal tax fraud trial, an online death threat made against Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams has the courthouse making special accommodations.

On Thursday morning, Williams dodged media cameras outside the federal courthouse, electing to use a side entrance known as the sallyport.

State police confirmed the threat. Africk said he was allowing Williams to use the sallyport entrance on the recommendation of federal marshals.

A special cyber crimes unit of Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Department are investigating.

The threat was discovered Wednesday, July 20. It is unclear what the threat was or how it was made.

More: Tax preparer testifies he did Jason Williams’ bidding on IRS filings

Jurors continued hearing Thursday from tax preparer Henry Timothy, who is cooperating with prosecutors and has pleaded guilty to a single tax charge.

Prosecutors say Williams and Nicole Burdett, who was an attorney in Williams’ law practice, pressured Timothy to fraudulently reduce Williams’ tax liability over a five-year period. Defense lawyers say the two were victims of Timothy.

Williams was president of the New Orleans City Council when he was indicted in June 2020. Despite the charges, he won the district attorney’s race that December with support from criminal justice reform advocates.

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