“Causing Suicide” Law to be Tested in Indiana

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A 16 year old commits suicide — but can his mother be charged for causing it?

This tragic question has been raised in a recent case in Indiana. Sabrina Howard of Muncie, Indiana was arrested this […]

Music is a Menace?

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Drive down St. Claude Ave for a night of live music. Pop into Kajun’s, then Hi-ho, then move down to the Always Lounge. Then you can drive by and gawk at the damage done to the club called Siberia by the mayor’s music venue tornado. Same street, same row of blocks, one club is denied the mayor’s music permit over a “zoning dispute.”

Can Money Set Them/Us Free?

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Government has been happy to involve the private sector in the judicial process as punitive partners. Louisiana privatized its prison system and has been able to leverage that into the largest prison population in the […]

My Thoughts on the NOPD Consent Decree

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“Yes, you have our permission to fix it.”

That is what New Orleans is telling the federal government with the announcement of a consent decree, an acceptance of a sweeping reform of the New Orleans Police […]

Transparency Is Sometimes Hard To See

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On April 26thTimes-Picayune reporter Brendan McCarthy sought information on whether the New Orleans police improperly reported theft as “lost or stolen property.” On May 17th the department relented and produced a document so redacted it […]

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