Jan 16, 2013 3:15 PM by AP/KATC

DA Harson: Crime likely limited in his office

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson says he does not believe anyone else in his office was knowingly involved in the bribery scheme that his former secretary and office administrator admitted to earlier this week.

Barna D. Haynes pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy in an ongoing federal investigation of bribes that were paid for giving criminal defendants a break, mainly in DWI cases.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley has said she anticipates more guilty pleas in the investigation.

Harson told The Advocate  Tuesday he could not speculate on who might be charged but no one else in his office has resigned, been terminated or placed on leave in connection with the case.

Harson tells KATC "The problem is the only way to prevent it 100% is I'd have to personally observe every case that comes through my office and follow it every step of the way all the way through the case. And including traffic we probably take in 18,000 cases a year here in Lafayette."


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