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Audit casts doubt on city crime stats; decision to delay Nagin trial analyzed

A mix of computer bugs and human error led to the New Orleans Police Department underreporting serious crimes in 2012, according to a report released Monday by the state legislative auditor’s office.

This follows a May 18 NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune story in which John Simerman and Gordon Russell detailed how the city’s crime stats — a high murder rate but an otherwise low violent-crime rate — baffled criminologists. New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the audit, which was based on 911 calls, used cherry-picked data and wasn’t a “valid statistical analysis.” Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux says his office will release a separate analysis of crime stats in the coming weeks. 

She [Berrigan] may have been waiting to see if plea negotiations bore fruit before she took away the specter of an immediate trial, an obvious incentive to get the two sides talking. Nagin was in town Tuesday and sources close to the case confirmed to Eyewitness News that there was an offer still on the table for Nagin to get five years or less in prison. But as had been the case in the days leading up to the indictment last January, Nagin was not ready to accept a deal.

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Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.