Oil and gas companies hold several thousand acres of oyster leases off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. The industry says they’re guarding against frivolous damage claims. Oystermen say they’re trying to avoid accountability.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has said people faced “no legal consequences” if they failed to obey fake subpoenas sent by his office. But one of his prosecutors got an arrest warrant for a woman in part because she didn’t obey a fake subpoena. She was never arrested because the charges were dropped.
Louis Gibson was convicted of murder for shooting a childhood friend, Latrone Davis. He's served 24 years in prison. Legislators are working on legislation to grant parole hearings to people who were juveniles when they were sentenced to life in prison. The law could affect about 300 inmates.
Last year The Lens reported that board members of Lusher Charter School privately discussed how to respond to a union drive and set up private meetings. Both appeared to violate state law. The school district appears to have taken school officials at their word that they did nothing wrong.
We reviewed 33 notices sent by prosecutors since 2015. They had the court clerk’s name on them and told people they were “notified … to testify.” DA Warren Montgomery said they were misleading, but he doesn’t believe they were misused. A legal expert called them a sham.
In 2012 and 2014, the state ethics board charged Paulette Bruno and Doris Roché-Hicks with breaking state law because five family members worked at charter schools they run. Years later, the charges remain unresolved.
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.
After April 1, 2017, it’s legal to rent homes in New Orleans via Airbnb, VRBO and similar services. Sites must be licensed. We’re tracking where applications have been filed and approved.
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.
The employee who supervised the last five traditional public schools in the city just quit her job to become CEO of ExCEED, a group that wants to turn them into charters. Four of the people who used to work for her, and still work for the district, are named in its application.