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  • 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 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 [...]

May 10, 2022|News|
  • “We have proven this week that we have committed to being fair and just,” New Orleans criminal justice system slowly gets to speed

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 [...]

March 11, 2022|News|
  • New Orleans DA gets $2.3M in federal grants to increase DNA testing, pursue cold cases

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.

February 15, 2022|News|
  • Plessy v Ferguson upheld segregation – now Plessy’s family seeks a pardon

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 [...]

December 3, 2021|News|
  • Three men plead guilty in killing of Todriana Peters, 12-year-old slain at party

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 [...]

December 3, 2021|News|

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 [...]

December 3, 2021|News|
  • New Orleans man freed after accuser says he fabricated robbery

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 [...]

March 30, 2021|News|