New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan has resigned. The New Orleans Times-Picayune says that prominent business leaders met with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to craft an exit strategy for the beleaguered prosecutor that involved arranging a soft landing in a private sector job. Because of a $3.7 million jury verdict that Jordan racially discriminated against white employees, the office a seizure of its assets and disruption of salaries.
Keva Landrum-Johnson, 34, becomes acting district attorney until a special election is held next year. With Jordan gone, “there is the possibility for some meaningful dialogue that will resolve this crisis,” said Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission. Leaders of the local law enforcement community expressed no sorrow at Jordan’s departure, nor did they defend him.