14 charged in case of bizarre jail video
NEW ORLEANS - Indictments were filed Friday against 14 inmates in connection with videos showing prisoners brazenly using drugs, drinking beer and flashing a loaded gun in the New Orleans jail.
The videos, made in June and July 2009, came to light in April during a federal court hearing on conditions at the jail. That led to criticism in court of Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who runs the jail, for not doing more to prosecute those involved.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said Friday's indictments were for possession of contraband, and that Gusman is cooperating with investigators as their probe continues.
Gusman said no charges were filed over drugs seen in the video because a search in the cell found none.
In a statement, he said he was pleased with the indictments.