Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I think we are on the tip of a trend of business armed robberies, Police Chief Riley said yesterday, several months after the rebirth of this "trend" of robbing bartenders and citizen patrons, prodding them with multiple gunpoints in very public locations, while these same handful of robbers are repeatedly caught on videotape - yet unapprehended by NOPD.

Don't Panic.

The priority for the New Orleans criminal justice system is not bolstering its limited supply of pro-bono attorneys, but abusing those few that remain: Letting such lawyers have a private practice on the side was harmful to their public clients, critics of the system have argued. The move prompted six public defenders to quit so they could actually earn an income leaving some judges with trials and motions scheduled on their dockets, but no attorneys for the accused.

Don't Panic.

When we refer to said criminal court system as "revolving door," we are not merely employing sarcasm: A manhunt for a convicted drug dealer who was wanted in St. John the Baptist Parish after fleeing from authorities has been reignited after he was released from the Jefferson Parish jail Sunday because of overcrowding.

Don't Panic.

New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country. By mid-August of this year, 192 murders had been committed in New Orleans,
"nearly 10 times the national average," reported the Associated Press. Gunfire is so common in New Orleans -- and criminals so fierce -- that when university researchers conducted an experiment last year in which they had cops fire 700 blank rounds in a neighborhood on a random afternoon "no one called to report the gunfire," reported AP.

Don't Panic.

When writer William Embley, who resides on the cusp of Central City, called to report the sound of shots fired, the 911 dispatcher told him to go outside and see what was occurring.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well put, my dear, and, sadly, every word is true.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Zihuatanejo said...

check out the similar online discussion on this topic here

8:12 AM  
Anonymous arajay said...

So... goin' to MiMi's this weekend?

12:02 PM  
Anonymous arajay said...

I should also point out that the "192 Murders" figure is from 2005, not from "this year" as stated in your blog.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Haze Ablaze said...

As quoted in my blog - it's from an American Spectator article published last year, as people were still drowning. I find it interesting for several reasons, aside from the timing; one, the author pretty much wrote us right off and two, the study. How did these researchers ever receive cooperation from the cops when citizens are, say, told to walk into gunfire?

12:22 PM  
Blogger anomaly76 said...

This is off topic but Chad's coming to town this weekend so I'll definitely be going to Mimi's Saturday if you want to go darlin'.

12:57 PM  

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