Lawsuit accuses FBI of violating agent’s free speech rights


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An FBI agent in New Orleans is suing the FBI and several superiors for suspending him after he sent a letter to a federal judge to express concerns about the Justice Department’s handling of a case.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, agent Michael Zummer accuses the FBI of violating his free speech rights. The suit seeks a court order requiring the FBI to reinstate Zummer.

Zummer was suspended last year after he sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt about his investigation of a former Louisiana district attorney accused of trading sex for leniency.

Engelhardt sentenced former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel to three years in prison for obstructing the federal investigation. The suit says Zummer was “disturbed” about the plea deal’s leniency.

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