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  • The People's Report

DA Williams Issues Report on Year One Accomplishments, Looks Ahead to 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Today, District Attorney Jason Williams released “The People’s Report,” a review of achievements from his first year at the helm of the Orleans Parish DA’s Office (“OPDA”) in the areas of (1) increasing safety, (2) delivering justice, (3) investing in our youth, (4) increasing victim/witness and diversion supports, (5) rebuilding public trust/transparency, and (6) building a 21st century prosecutor’s office. In 2021, OPDA has prioritized collaboration with law enforcement and community partners to properly [...]

December 27, 2021|News|

Plessy v Ferguson upheld segregation – now Plessy’s family seeks a pardon

125 years after the landmark ruling, Plessy and Ferguson descendants and the New Orleans district attorney are seeking a posthumous pardon In 1896, Homer Plessy was convicted for boarding a whites-only car in Louisiana. 125 years later, his descendants are seeking a posthumous pardon. Photograph: Barry Lewis/In Pictures/Getty Images On 7 June 1892, an act of bravery undertaken by a free man of color in segregated Louisiana had historic consequences. Homer Plessy, a New Orleans shoemaker of mixed heritage, purchased a first class [...]

December 3, 2021|News|

Three men plead guilty in killing of Todriana Peters, 12-year-old slain at party

Three men pleaded guilty to roles in the killing of 12-year-old Todriana Peters at a Lower 9th Ward graduation party on Wednesday, handing New Orleans prosecutors an early victory in a sprawling criminal case. With Peters’ parents watching in silence, the trio admitted to a judge that they were present when a barrage of 60 bullets killed Peters and wounded two men on May 30. They were the first to plead guilty out of a 10-person grand jury [...]

December 3, 2021|News|

Aging Louisiana prisoners were promised a chance at parole after 10 years. Some are finally free

NEW ORLEANS – On a warm October day, 84-year-old Lester Pearson uses a cane to slowly walk out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary as a free man. After 57 years in the Angola prison, the path to freedom in a state dubbed the “incarceration capital of the world” has been a long and uncertain one. Since 1964, Pearson has been locked up for murder after signing a plea agreement in which he was promised a chance at parole [...]

December 3, 2021|News|