Perjury indictment upheld against former health secretary
BATON ROUGE - A state district court judge has refused to dismiss the perjury charges filed against former Louisiana health secretary Bruce Greenstein.
Judge Louis Daniel rejected arguments Friday from Greenstein lawyer John McLindon, who said the attorney general's office improperly released Greenstein's grand jury testimony to the public.
McLindon said the attorney general's office violated grand jury secrecy laws and the indictment should be thrown out.
Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said his office released the transcript after getting approval in an open court hearing. Daniel agreed, saying Caldwell received the necessary authorization to file Greenstein's grand jury transcript in the public record.
Greenstein was indicted in September on nine perjury charges stemming from an investigation into a canceled $200 million state Medicaid contract. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.