Criminal Justice Budgeting Season: Something’s Gotta Give

It’s everybody’s favorite time of year – when criminal justice leaders hope that the Mayor and City Council will leave a blank check in each of their stockings. Now that the city budget has stabilized after years of deficits, virtually every single criminal justice agency is begging for more money than the Mayor is proposing. Here’s the list (the dollar amount is not their total budget – it’s how much more they want over and above what the Mayor is proposing):

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Criminal District Court Election Results

Congratulations to Judge Marullo on his re-election, and to Judge-Elect Williams on his win in the November 4 election. While the courts cleared the way for Judge Marullo to run for re-election despite the constitution’s mandatory judicial retirement age, whether he can actually take office is an open question. Judge-Elect Williams, meanwhile, will take over the Section G docket in January, and our court watchers are looking forward to getting to know him.

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Make An Educated Choice on Election Day

Every election, tens of thousands of registered New Orleanians fail to vote in judicial elections. Some are focused on the top of the ticket, and some don’t feel educated enough about judicial candidates. Fortunately, Court Watch NOLA is here to provide you with the resources you need to make an educated decision. So check these out and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4:

And check out more news and notes from CWN’s October newsletter!

Get Informed on 10/22 at the Judicial Candidates Forum!

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Get informed before you vote! Court Watch NOLA and other community organizations are presenting a judicial candidates forum on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Touro Synagogue. Lee Zurik will be moderating the forum and WYES will be webcasting it. Virtually all of the juvenile and criminal court candidates will be attending what should be an informative and interesting event. Join us!

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What Makes a Good Judge?

This is the question that voters, attorneys, judges, and legal scholars have been asking for years. And it is an especially important question to ask before voting in a judicial election. While the study of judicial effectiveness is as much an art as a science, Court Watch NOLA has a suggested answer to that question in its new op-ed piece on the Project Justice NOLA website.
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Learn More About Criminal Court Candidates

Learn more about the candidates for Criminal District Court judgeships by checking out WYES’ recent candidate interviews. The interview topics include timeliness, efficiency, accountability, and transparency, all subjects near and dear to Court Watch NOLA’s heart. You can also learn more about incumbent Judges by checking out CWN’s new “Elected Officials” pages (via the menu above). The Nov. 4 election may be voters’ only chance in the next six years to have a say in how Criminal District Court is run, so let’s make our decisions educated ones!

Court News: Ain’t Misbehavin’?

Court Watch NOLA’s court news roundup includes lots of alleged misbehavior this week. Congratulations to District Attorney Cannizzaro, who was re-elected after the Supreme Court ruled that his challenger was ineligible to run because he failed to show that he timely filed his recent tax returns. And the race for Section D got crazier when WDSU recorded Judge Marullo allegedly offering one of his challengers a courthouse job in exchange for dropping out of the race, though the Judge insisted that he was “setup.” Another potential corruption story also made the news, with yet another Criminal Court Clerk’s office employee being charged in an ongoing investigation into bail bonds practices at the courthouse.