Bruce Green was quoted in a Nola.com article regarding New Orleans assistant district attorney Chris Bowman publicly sharing his opinions regarding City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell who is accused of misusing her city-issued credit card.
Bruce Green, a Fordham University School of Law professor and the author of two books on attorneys’ professional responsibility, concurred. “While he’s not speaking in his official capacity, he’s identified as a prosecutor,” he said of Bowman, “and he’s making statements which are extrajudicial and that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation against another person. And when people read it … they may perceive that it’s not just some guy speaking, but the state speaking.”
You’ll note that Cannizzaro said his office wasn’t investigating Cantrell; it had passed the matter on.
“So what?” Green said. “His office actually had the case at one time. So that suggests (Bowman) may have access to knowledge that other people don’t have and that he’s not just expressing views based on what he’s reading in the paper.”