Orleans DA’s office accused of letting nearly 1,300 felony defendants remain fugitives without forfeiting bonds

November 27, 2023 | fox8live.com | By: Ashlyn Brothers NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office has allowed nearly 1,300 felony defendants remain fugitives without having to forfeit their bonds after they failed to appear for scheduled court hearings, the Metropolitan Crime Commission said in a new report. “This is a system failure,”…

New Orleans IG says state ethics laws might have been broken in procurement of ‘smart city’ contract.

By David Jones| Fox8 | Nov. 8, 2023 NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Wednesday (Nov. 8) released the results of its investigation into alleged bid-rigging in the city’s procurement process for the now-abandoned “Smart Cities” project. The report says two city employees might have violated state ethics law in awarding…

Anne Kirkpatrick sworn in as NOPD Superintendent

By Rachel Hernandez, Jordan Lippincott| WGNO | Nov. 1, 2023 NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Anne Kirkpatrick was sworn in as the new Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 1. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued the oath of office to Kirkpatrick during a ceremony at Gallier Hall, making Kirkpatrick NOPD’s first permanent female…

New Orleans DA Fights ‘Terrorism’ on Streets with AI Spycraft

Kate O’Keeffe and Cameron McWhirter, Wall Street Journal September 17, 2023 Prosecutors work with former intelligence officers and artificial-intelligence tools to gather and analyze evidence. The case against Dijon Dixon, accused of killing Cornelius Smith in 2019, looked to be falling apart after a key witness backed out following an online death threat. Then prosecutors presented the defense…

Zurik: Lafourche District Attorney won’t charge coroner, but says inquiry not over

Lee Zurik and Dannah Sauer, FOX8 September 13, 2023 The Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office won’t file criminal charges against coroner Dr. John King, who is accused of performing unnecessary autopsies to pad his paycheck. However, after reviewing a Louisiana State Police investigation into the allegations, D.A. Kristine Russell said her office found no evidence…

Kirkpatrick’s experience, outsider perspective could help NOPD, civic leaders say

Ashlyn Brothers, FOX8 September 12, 2023  Civic leaders assessing the qualifications of NOPD superintendent nominee Anne Kirkpatrick on Tuesday (Sept. 12) lauded her experience leading other law enforcement agencies and suggested her status as a New Orleans newcomer could provide valuable fresh perspective. “This is the first city head that any New Orleans City Council…