THE LATEST from the Gret Stet of Louisiana, courtesy of WAFB television:
A Baton Rouge city prosecutor has been placed on paid leave as part of an FBI probe into Baton Rouge area judicial systems, WAFB's Jim Shannon reports.
City Prosecutor Flitcher Bell was placed on leave Wednesday, said Parish Attorney Mary Roper.
Roper says the offices of the city prosecutor were searched by FBI agents last week who executed a search warrant.
The federal probe, headed up by the FBI, is underway into activities inside the 19th Judicial District Court, Baton Rouge City Court, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defender's Office, sources tell WAFB 9NEWS.
Sources tell Shannon the investigation centers around several issues including the reduction of bail bonds in certain cases and the acceptance of bribes in exchange for dropping charges
It is not clear why Bell is being investigated.
A federal grand jury met to hear testimony in the matter Thursday.
ABANDON ALL HOPE, ye who enter Louisiana.