NOLA.COM – District Attorney Jason Williams fights payouts for wrongfully convicted defendants
Two lawsuits filed by wrongfully convicted men against the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office in the last year are forcing District Attorney Jason Williams to confront the potential financial risks of his push to right past wrongs. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Jillian Kramer.
WDSU – Orleans Parish District Attorney Discusses Conviction of Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman in Seventh Ward
A New Orleans man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Seventh Ward home back in 2016 has been convicted, according to the Orleans Parish district attorney. Click here to read the original post written by WDSU.
DA Williams Presents to New Orleans City Council
Click here to watch DA Williams Present to New Orleans City Council.
The Advocate – Keeping Kids in School is One of the Keys to a Safer New Orleans
As we begin another academic year in New Orleans, the DA’s Office is mindful of the role that schools can play not just in teaching our children left and right, but in teaching them right and wrong. Schools keep our children out of harm’s way and keep them away from the factors and situations that may motivate them to cause harm in our communities. Together, we can and will make a difference in the lives of our [...]
DA Williams Featured in MSNBC Interview on Office’s Decision to Not Prosecute Abortions
This week, DA Williams sat down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to discuss my office’s decision to not investigate or pursue charges against women or doctors who are involved in abortion procedures. We are focused on pursuing justice for the most serious crimes committed against the people of New Orleans. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade does not change that. The full interview can be found here: https://on.msnbc.com/3AeJ5T4
The Guardian – Inside the Division: How a Small Team of US Prosecutors Fight Decades of Shocking Injustice
The Guardian - Inside the Division: How a Small Team of US prosecutors Fight Decades of Shocking InjusticesClick here to read the original post written by the Guardian’s US Southern Bureau Chief, Oliver Laughland. The Guardian - Life in Prison for Stealing $20: How the Division is Taking Apart Brutal Criminal SentencesClick here to read the original post written by the Guardian’s US Southern Bureau Chief, Oliver Laughland. The Division: New Orleans – Part One The Guardian’s [...]
NOLA.COM – City Officials Unveil New Orleans East Satellite Space for the District Attorney’s Office
Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams on Tuesday unveiled a new office inside the New Orleans East library where nonviolent offenders can participate in diversion programs. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Jillian Kramer.
WGNO – Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office announces 100 guilty pleas for first half of April
On April 18, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office announced that 100 guilty pleas were secured since the beginning of the month. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Michaela Romero.
NOLA.COM – He spent 22 years in prison after being falsely accused of a crime. Now he’s been found not guilty.
Jermaine Hudson served almost 22 years in prison after a non-unanimous jury convicted him of armed robbery based on the false testimony of an accuser who later recanted. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Jillian Kramer.
WGNO – “We have proven this week that we have committed to being fair and just,” New Orleans criminal justice system slowly gets to speed
The New Orleans criminal justice system is slowly getting back to speed. New Orleans District Attorney, Jason Williams took time to thank prosecutors and jurors to deliver justice to victims and their families Friday. “We have proven this week that we have committed to being fair and just,” said New Orleans DA Jason Williams. He said they need more staff and support to provide justice. 150 cases are scheduled for trial this month in March compared to 48 [...]
NOLA.COM – Jason Williams’ first trial as New Orleans DA ends with guilty verdict
A jury convicted Samuel Hunter Jr. on Wednesday night of fatally shooting Anthony Bridges on Christmas 2020, in the first case personally prosecuted by Jason Williams since he became Orleans Parish district attorney 14 months ago. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Jillian Kramer.
NOLA.COM – New Orleans District Attorney gets $2.3M in federal grants to increase DNA testing, pursue cold cases
The Department of Justice has awarded the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office more than $2.3 million in federal grants that will allow the office to ramp up DNA testing capabilities, support reentry programs and pursue cold cases. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Jillian Kramer.
WWL – ‘We are surging back’, DA Williams announce indictment of 4 violent offenders
'We are surging back', DA Williams announce indictment of 4 violent offenders. Click here to watch.
NOLA.COM – Four men indicted in alleged New Orleans carjacking spree; DA says 8 crimes in one day
Four men suspected of a wave of carjackings earlier this month that stoked fears in New Orleans around crime were charged by a special grand jury Wednesday, Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams said. Click here to read the original post written by reporter Matt Sledge.
WWL – One-on-one with New Orleans DA Jason Williams: The Full Interview
Watch Reporter JD Carrere sit down with District Attorney Jason Williams for a one-on-one interview.
THE GUARDIAN – 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. 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 rail ticket and boarded a train bound for Covington. He took a seat in a whites-only car and declared to the conductor that he would not [...]
NOLA.COM – 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 [...]
PBS – 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 [...]
NOLA.COM – New Orleans man freed after accuser says he fabricated robbery: ‘I have been tortured by the lie I told’
Can you imagine spending 22 years in jail for a crime that never happened? Well, Mr. Jermaine Hudson lived this unfortunate reality. New Orleans man freed after accuser says he fabricated robbery. This is one of the ways this office is delivering justice. Yes, we are prosecuting cases and focusing on violent crimes. We are also doing the hard work; we're delivering on our commitment to the people of New Orleans and correcting the sins of [...]