Disgraced former AG Jim Letten went into a verbal diatribe against Operation Veritas leader, James O'Keefe on the campus of Tulane University. And when he was done, he had the Tulane police force detain O'Keefe and his crew in direct violation of the law, which clearly states that members of the public may walk on university campuses, providing they are not creating a disturbance or committing a crime. O'Keefe did neither.
Letten having them detained amounts to unlawful detainment. (Supreme Court case Princeton University v Schmid) Letten also violated the law by making up laws to make it appear that O'Keefe was violating the law. It is neither against state or federal law to exercise your constitutional right of free speech as affirmed in the fore mentioned Princeton v Schmid case. SCOTUS found that in fact Princeton violated Schid's constitutional rights, just as Letten did with O'Keefe.
Letten threw O'Keefe's book at him in front of a policeman and that could constitute minor assault. Letten was also in direct violation of Tulane rules, which say, "All individuals and/groups of the Tulane University Community are expected to speak and act with scrupulous respect for the human dignity of others, both within the classroom and and outside it, in social and recreational as well as academic activities."
"Students should neither physically,psychologically, or sexually abuse any member of this community, nor participate in or condone any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation or threat."
Neither the university. it's police department, or Letten would comment on these violations of the law or school regulations.
For his part, Letten accused O'Keefe of trying to use false information to get an appointment, harassing his wife and trespassing on university property. Tapes of O'keefe's visit to Letten's house shows no signs of terrorizing his wife.
Letten had been the longest serving AG in the US until he was forced to resign, when it was found that his office had posted material on NOLA.com that contained libelous charges against Fred Heebe and other targets of Letten's office. His second in command and another top deputy confessed to the postings. Letten was never accused of posting himself but there was a question about his investigation into the posts. Letten was asked for his resignation.
Letten's office leaked emails and other alleged evidence to the press from OKkeefe involving the incident in the office of US Senator Mary Landrieu. Letten says he recused himself from the case, but his office did prosecute the case. He handed the case to US Attorney Jan Mann. Mann was one of the prosecutors posting on NOLA.com