A former judge in Orleans Parish, La., was charged with perjury and public salary extortion yesterday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Louisiana Supreme Court had removed him from the bench for misconduct. C. Hunter King, 42, admitted he coerced his five employees at Civil District Court to sell tickets for a 2001 campaign fund-raiser — and then lied about it under oath.
King’s court reporter had captured him on tape demanding that workers raise campaign cash or risk losing their jobs to people who were more “enthusiastic.”
Prosecutors said the extortion charge was based on King’s “soliciting from a public employee… to sell 20 campaign tickets upon suggestion or threat that the failure to sell those campaign tickets would result in the loss” of her job.