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Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Karen Herman on Monday signed off on a "memorandum of understanding" spelling out Sharper's various pleas and sentences in each jurisdiction.
But Sharper's sentencing hearing in Orleans Parish is set for August, and that date could be postponed until he has finished his cooperation in the prosecutions of his co-defendants.
NEW ORLEANS â€" Attorney Karen ...
NEW ORLEANS â€" Attorney Karen Herman today announced her candidacy for judge for Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Section I, which became vacant after Judge Raymond C. Bigelow retired.
...Herman, executive director of Court Watch NOLA, a nonprofit volunteer-driven organization dedicated to promoting efficiency in the criminal court system through transparency and accountability, said she is familiar with the surroundings at Tulane and Broad."I have been a lawyer for 14 years and have always had a great affinity for criminal law" Herman said.
...Herman was an assistant district attorney before resigning in 1999 to raise a family.
While working for the District Attorney's Office, she
conducted more than 100 trials, including 24 homicides.Herman was a senior trial attorney, a member of the Violent Offender Strike Force, a homicide screener and a special prosecutor responsible for handling grand jury investigations.
With Court Watch NOLA
since its inception, Herman
has guided more than 80 volunteers tracking more than 300 criminal cases.
"Crime is undermining our recovery and our hopes for the future," Herman
Gambit Weekly : Scuttlebutt : April 22, 2008
Former prosecutor Karen Herman " and her husband " received a "green light" from the Louisiana Board of Ethics in regard to her campaign for judge of New Orleans Criminal District Court.
...Karen Herman, founder of Court Watch NOLA, a citizens' court-monitoring program, is running for the Section "I" seat being vacated by retiring Judge Raymond Bigelow.
It gets worse, said Karen ...
It gets worse, said Karen Herman, coordinator of Court Watch NOLA.
said Court Watch NOLA
has not witnessed a single completed case.Only two street homicides have been successfully prosecuted in the two years since the storm.She
said the court is backlogged with old cases, some for simple drug possession, which bogs down the process.
"Let's review every drug case we have and see what we can do to get them resolved, get them into rehab so taxpayers aren't paying for a guy caught with a crack pipe to sit in (Orleans Parish Prison) for a year when all he's
going to get is probation," said Herman
"They call everything a conviction," Herman
...Herman, a prosecutor for eight years under former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, said her return to Criminal District Court has been an eye-opener.
said many assistant district attorneys are so overworked and unprepared it is not uncommon for them to be unaware when their cases are set for trial.
Music to Our Ears â€“ Weekly Court News Round-Up | Court Watch NOLA
Section I - Judge Karen Herman
In the meantime, Judge Herman sentenced a cop-shooter to 50 years, while new City Councilman Jason Williams testified against his own former client in an Orleans Parish Prison contraband case.