Ex-La. health secretary says transcript release improper
BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana health secretary Bruce Greenstein is asking a judge to throw out his perjury indictment because the attorney general's office released his grand jury testimony to the public.
Lawyers for Greenstein filed the motion Wednesday with Judge Louis Daniel, saying the release of the testimony violated Louisiana's grand jury secrecy laws. They say the attorney general's office didn't follow the proper process for unsealing a transcript.
Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell says he filed the transcript into the court record in an open hearing. Greenstein's lawyer John McLindon didn't object in that hearing, and Caldwell says he did nothing wrong.
Greenstein was indicted in September on nine perjury charges stemming from an investigation into a now-canceled $200 million Medicaid contract.
Daniel will consider Greenstein's motion March 19.