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.