Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.
The DA's office is sending notices labeled “subpoena” to witnesses, threatening jail time if the person ignores them. But they're not real subpoenas. An assistant district attorney says they’re meant to persuade people who may ignore a simple letter.By Charles Maldonado
When the mayor announced a major expansion of the city's traffic cameras, he said safety was the reason. But the city hasn’t studied whether the existing cameras have reduced wrecks. Studies around the country aren't conclusive.By Charles Maldonado