Walter Reed, the former longtime district attorney for St. Tammany Parish, has asked a federal judge for another medical-related delay in the start of his four-year sentence for corruption and other charges.
Reed was scheduled to report to a federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia, on May 17 — a delay from his original April 1 reporting date that he sought because of a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Former north shore district attorney Walter Reed, who recently revealed that he has prostate cancer, will be allowed a further one-month delay…
Reed said in a motion filed Tuesday that he now must undergo post-operative treatment, including radiation, for stage III prostate cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society website, a diagnosis of stage III prostate cancer can indicate cancer that is contained to the prostate gland but also can mean cancer that has spread outside the gland to other tissues.
Reed is asking for either a delay in his date for reporting to prison or 30 days of home incarceration "to allow stabilization of his condition and review of medical records by the Bureau of Prisons for assessment of whether the presently designated institution can provide proper medical assistance needed."
Reed had surgery on April 17, and the delay to May 17 was made to accommodate his recovery from the operation. He's now asking for a June 17 reporting date.
The motion says that Reed understands that a 30-day home incarceration period might not be credited against his sentence.
The filing notes that the U.S. Attorney's Office has previously stated its opposition to any further extension of the reporting date. But it says the request is a matter of medical necessity and not for purposes of further delay.
Reed has filed writs with the U.S. Supreme Court, the filing says, "and therefore his conviction is not final," giving the local court discretion to order home incarceration as a condition of his existing bond.
Reed will turn 73 on June 11. He was convicted three years ago on 18 counts of corruption and fraud stemming from his personal use of campaign contributions and his taking of money from St. Tammany Parish Hospital that was meant for his office.
He was the district attorney for 30 years of the 22nd Judicial District, covering St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
He was sentenced two years ago, but U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ruled that he could remain free on bond until he exhausted his appeals.
U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser sought a reconsideration of that ruling in February after a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Reed's conviction and he was denied a hearing before the full court. Fallon granted Strasser's request.