Sixteenth Judicial (Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin parishes) District Attorney Phil Haney was charged last month with conflict of interest by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), the Louisiana State Supreme Court’s (LASC) body that oversees and disciplines Louisiana lawyers.
See here the news story in the The (New Iberia) Daily Iberian.
The charges stem from an ethical misconduct complaint filed by then Senator Troy Hebert on May 20, 2010 and, in particular, Haney’s representation of Stephanie Provost who was the victim in a boating accident that resulted in criminal charges being filed by DA Haney against Shane Roberts, the boat’s operator. Haney then represented Provost against Roberts in the civil case and settled the matter for $100,000 while using the DA’s office as his private office thereby using public resources for private gain.
Reportedly, the complaint against Haney make him the first District Attorney in Louisiana to face formal charges by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
See here earlier reporting on the case.