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New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan talks at a press conference where he announces his resignation at City Hall in New Orleans Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Jordan leave his job amid a $3.7 million discrimination verdict against his office and a rising murder rate since Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan was back at work Friday, but he remained in legal limbo as the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office continued an investigation into allegations that he passed drugs to a jail inmate during a court hearing Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office said its investigation remains open, and Jordan said he has not heard a word about what will happen next.

“I’m cooperating with their investigation, and I have not heard anything more,” he said Friday. “I think that this shows that anybody can be falsely accused.”

News that Jordan was under investigation sent the city’s legal community into a minor tizzy Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office alleged that courtroom deputies spotted him handing an envelope with narcotics inside it to his client, Nicholas McKnight.

Jordan left Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman’s courtroom before he could be questioned. He said he had to attend a court hearing in Jefferson Parish.

Jordan served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1994 to 2001, then as Orleans Parish district attorney from 2003 to 2007. His resigned from the latter post amid various controversies, including criticism of the office’s dismal record of prosecuting high-profile cases.

Since then Jordan has maintained a private law practice that includes criminal defense cases. He was representing McKnight, who has an open charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in court on Thursday.

Jordan filed a motion Friday to withdraw from representing McKnight. In a legal filing he cited a “conflict of interest for future litigation” that had developed between him and his client.

If Jordan is charged, McKnight could conceivably be called as a witness against him, or vice versa.

"I have engaged in no illegal activity, have no knowledge of any drugs in the courtroom," Jordan said Thursday. "I’m carrying out my responsibilities as a defense attorney. I’m representing my clients. I’ve done nothing wrong."

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