This is in response to a recent column in The Advocate about Wendy Vitter. As a former assistant district attorney, district court judge, appellate court judge and the current district attorney, I believe Vitter possesses a very distinguished resume and would make a superb federal judge in Louisiana’s Eastern District. Wendy served this community honorably as an assistant district attorney for eight years. During that time she prosecuted over 100 felony jury trials — including dozens of cases for murder, rape and armed robbery. Some of those cases she prosecuted before me when I was sitting as a judge on the Criminal District Court. 

I found Wendy to not only be extremely professional but also extremely effective as a prosecutor. Both my fellow judges as well as her opponents in the defense bar shared my opinions regarding her professionalism and abilities. Following her work as a prosecutor, Wendy has enjoyed a very successful career as a civil litigator. First, she focused on maritime matters, which are in federal court. Presently, she is the general counsel for the New Orleans Archdiocese, which requires her to oversee a broad range of complex legal matters. In short, as someone who has served as a district court judge, appellate court judge, and now as the city’s top prosecutor, I believe I have pretty good insight into the qualities that will make for a good judge. Wendy Vitter absolutely possesses those qualities in abundance.

Leon A Cannizzaro, Jr.

Orleans Parish district attorney

New Orleans