Feds Subpoena Records in Anderson Sexual Harassment Allegations

Published: Dec. 1, 2006 at 11:41 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2006 at 3:32 PM CST
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The U.S. Attorney's Office has issued a federal subpoena in the investigation surrounding allegations of sexual harassment against one of Governor Kathleen Blanco's top aides.   The aide, Johnny Anderson, also serves as chairman of Southern University's governing board.

The subpoena orders Southern University President Dr. Ralph Slaughter to appear and testify before the grand jury of the U.S. District Court.  Slaughter sent a letter to Senator Jones asking him to investigate the allegations.  Slaughter said he was not comfortable investigating the matter personally since Anderson is his superior.

The federal subpoena, obtained by WAFB 9NEWS, tells Slaughter, "You are also commanded to bring with you the following documents -- your letter to Senator Clark Jones, relative to harassment complaints involving Johnny Anderson and all records which in any way relate to your letter."

The Governor's Office has hired an independent attorney, Mark Falcon, to look into the complaints from unidentified Southern University System employees against Anderson.  Blanco said her office has received "a verbal accusation with no evidence".   She refused demands from State Senator Cleo Fields that she ask Anderson to step aside from both of his positions while the investigation continues.

Anderson says he is innocent and calls the allegations "politically motivated trash."

Attorney Jill Craft is representing Dr. Slaughter in the matter.   Craft says her client will provide the information to the grand jury.  "Dr. Slaughter is in no way any target of anything," Craft said.  "He just possesses information."

Reporter:   Paul Gates, WAFB-TV