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In its just-published annual report, the watchdog group Court Watch NOLA identifies what it calls a bedeviling “culture of continuances” at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court that is impeding justice for defendants.

The independent, volunteer-run audit of the criminal court docket found that in 2012, two-thirds of cases involved a continuance — a postponement.

“Without sounding braggadocious, I’m indispensable in this effort to secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string of revenue to save our coast,” Landrieu, 57, said in an interview. She’s pushing legislation that would begin to funnel 37.5 percent of off-shore royalty payments to producing states immediately, instead of 2017, as currently scheduled, and eventually eliminate the $500 million cap on revenue sharing for the Gulf Coast.”

Horowitz is the publisher of FrontpageMag, a right wing journal that frequently publishes white supremacists. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, FrontpageMag published a piece called “Africa in our Midst: Lessons from Katrina,” by Jared Taylor, a white supremacist who is close to Louisiana klansman David Duke and argues that blacks and Latinos are genetically inferior to whites. Following this line of attack, Horowitz himself complained that “in the national discussion of Katrina, Bush was accused of racism for failing to be on site immediately in New Orleans but actual racial crimes committed by blacks were rendered invisible.”

In a response on his Facebook page, Horowitz rebuts Flaherty’s accusations and claims that he is not a white supremacist. Horowitz says he’s a victim of a “witchunt” by  “Tulane leftists,” and attempts to explain his magazine’s decision to print Taylor’s indisputably racist essay which attributed the “barbarism” in New Orleans to the city’s racial makeup. I don’t recommend reading that reprint unless you want your blood to boil. In addition to the racism there are numerous factual inaccuracies. Horowitz previously justified publishing the piece by citing the article’s information content rather than it’s viewpoint.


The U.S. Gulf of Mexico now has 37 active floating rigs, five more than the pre-Macondo count of 32 rigs, according to a Barclay’s analyst note on Tuesday morning. This number is expected to continue to grow, with 15 additional units scheduled to enter the market, 13 of which are new. 

“The plaintiffs originally sued the defendant for allegedly exposing their clients to oilfield generated radioactive waste. In the new suit, the plaintiffs claim the defendants accused them of violating legal and ethical duties by improperly attempting to introduce a document it knew to be privileged. The suit claims Exxon tried to exclude a memo that allegedly showed that the company had been aware of radioactivity in its production equipment for well over 20 years.”

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About Mark Moseley

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.