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Justice Department report scathing in its findings of former federal prosecutors Sal Perricone, Jan Mann

Sal Perricone, Jan Mann

Sal Perricone, the former federal prosecutor, hid behind a computer for years, assailing criminals, New Orleans attorneys and judges in vitriolic comments he penned under online news articles using an array of aliases. But when confronted in March 2012 by his boss, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, Perricone removed his mask in a heartbeat, owning up… Continue reading →

Brad Pitt foundation sues manufacturer over allegedly defective wood

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- One of the Make It Right homes that has the 4 years old wooden floorboards on December 20, 2013 in New Orleans. Make It Right is tearing up and rebuilding porches and steps on about 30 homes after finding that a special type of wood that was used during construction isn't holding up after a couple years.

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation is suing the maker of a supposedly glass-infused wood that the nonprofit group used to build decks and stairs at dozens of homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward. The group says the innovative product began rotting prematurely despite a 40-year guarantee. The 12-page lawsuit, filed… Continue reading →

Crimestoppers to start paying rewards sooner

Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans no longer will require tipsters to wait until a defendant is indicted before they can collect reward money for providing information that helps law enforcement to crack cases. With the exception of homicide cases, tipsters will be paid their full cash reward following an arrest in a felony investigation, even if… Continue reading →

In New Orleans, ‘eligible’ delinquents increasingly routed to adult courts, prisons

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, walks to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

One young man’s story sticks with Judge Mark Doherty. The teen had made his way to Juvenile Court twice before for minor offenses. Then it got worse. “He got arrested for a crime of violence which basically, next to murder, is the worst thing — an armed robbery,” Doherty said. Doherty, who has spent… Continue reading →

Special report, video: Story of McDonogh 35 student at heart of key question: Do young armed robbers belong in adult court?

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, walks to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

Here came trouble in a lemon V-neck sweater, necktie and pressed khakis. Joshua Jones, 17, arrived in court on a January morning looking every ounce the fly-right prep student, down to the McDonogh 35 lanyard dangling from his crisp white collar. “I’m just taking one day at a time,” he said, doe-eyed, repeating a… Continue reading →

New Orleans officials hope to move young offenders awaiting trial out of Orleans Parish Prison

New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry took a first stab last week at dealing with one thorny aspect of the city’s handling of accused juvenile delinquents: where youths headed to adult court should be kept while they await trial. Should they be treated as adults and held in Orleans Parish Prison? Or should they… Continue reading →

New Orleans District Attorney's Office responds to 'torrid allegations' in filing against public defense investigator accused of impersonating DA staffer

Advocate photo by YETORIA DESHAZIER - New Orleans District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. speaks with New Orleans Police Department superintendent Michael Harrison.

Already foaming with vitriol, the case of a New Orleans public defense investigator accused of impersonating a District Attorney’s Office staffer turned testier this week, with a retort from Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office to allegations of a malicious prosecution. Claims that Cannizzaro’s office concocted an indictment against 24-year-old investigator Taryn Blume… Continue reading →

Son of man killed inside his New Orleans home is arrested in father’s slaying

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Herbert Meyers III, 35, speaks with investigators at the scene of the homicide of his father Herbert Meyers Jr. at the 2400 block of Oriole Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, March 23, 2015. The younger Meyers was arrested for the murder of his father today in Metairie.

As Herbert Meyers III told it, he had just returned to his father’s house near the New Orleans lakefront on Sunday night after running a quick errand when he discovered his dad, Herbert Meyers Jr., had been killed in a home invasion. But authorities apparently did not believe his story. Instead, they arrested the… Continue reading →

High school student punched by Jefferson Parish deputy seeks more than $5 million in federal lawsuit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Brady Becker stands with friends outside his home in Reserve. His face still carries the bruises from his arrest last Friday night by an undercover JPSO detective.

The mother of a high school student repeatedly punched in the face last month by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has filed a civil rights lawsuit, accusing Sheriff Newell Normand of promoting a culture in which deputies are rewarded for using excessive force. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, seeks… Continue reading →

Planned City Park golf course faces challenge in federal court

Photo provided by Darin Acosta -- Bulldozing of several acres of previously undeveloped wetlands in the Old Couturie Forest has provoked The City Park for Everyone Coalitions to file a federal lawsuit against City Park and FEMA. The coalition would like to halt construction of a golf course development north of Harrison Avenue.

The protest against a new, championship-level golf course in City Park has entered a new arena: federal court. The City Park for Everyone Coalition filed a federal suit against City Park and FEMA on Thursday in an attempt to stop the construction of a $13 million golf course slated to occupy land between Harrison and Filmore… Continue reading →