Walter Reed speaks out after conviction
(WVUE) - A federal jury on Monday found Walter Reed guilty on all but one of the corruption charges he faced. The jury took only four and a half hours to return the verdicts, also finding Reed's son, Steven, guilty on three counts.
Walter Reed was still defiant leaving the federal courthouse Monday evening, saying he will appeal.
"I'm disappointed, of course, but it ain't over till the fat lady sings," Reed commented.
Reed's attorney, Rick Simmons added, "My client paid a half million in taxes and they're looking for another $40,000. Those are issues we'll probably file appeal on."
It took the jury only four-and-a-half hours to convict the former Washington and St. Tammany Parish D.A. of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and false statements on income tax returns. Reed was found not guilty of one of the counts of money laundering.
Reed used campaign finances to pay for personal expenses, like flowers and fancy meals.
"I was surprised about the flowers. You mean candidates in Louisiana can't give flowers?" Reed said after the verdicts.
Reed's son, 44-year-old Steven, was also on trial. He was acquitted on count 10, a money laundering charge, but was convicted of another. Steven Reed was also convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud. His attorney looked emotional leaving court.
"I'm shaken to tell you the truth. I didn't think it was going to be like this, but this is what happens in our system," Glynn Burns said.
Walter Reed expressed concern over Steven's well-being after the verdicts were returned, saying, "More worried about him than myself."
No one predicted how quickly the jury would reach it's verdict.
"I've been a lawyer 40 years. Usually a fast verdict goes in favor of a defendant, but yeah, I was surprised," Reed said.
It's a verdict which means a man who was once one of the most powerful people on the North Shore is now a convicted felon.
Following the verdict, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite tweeted out his reaction, saying, "As the jury found, the defendants' actions were not innocent 'mistakes' as Walter Reed claimed during his testimony. They were crimes."
Polite continued, "As a community we are tired of hearing and accepting, excuses from public officials who violate the public trust to enrich themselves."
Walter and Steven Reed are both scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15.
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