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OpEd: Today's Battle of New Orleans

Public Defender Weighs In On The City's Legal Fights



Two hundred years ago, Andrew Jackson led a poorly equipped and badly outnumbered force of American volunteer soldiers to defeat British troops in the last major battle of the War of 1812. Today, a different battle continues in New Orleans’ courtrooms. The Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) fight for New Orleans every day, representing the majority of the city’s residents charged with felonies and misdemeanors.


Packing the Courts: Report Says NOLA, La. Has Surplus of Judges


Locals face shortages of police and other justice specialists, but when it comes to judges, there are too many, according to a recent report. The Bureau of Governmental Research says that Louisiana has more judges than necessary to handle the currently declining caseloads, and that Orleans Parish is the biggest offender.


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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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