New Orleans crime boss Telly Hankton on Thursday became the latest criminal defendant to use revelations of misconduct by Justice Department officials to try to help his case. Hankton’s defense team asked for a long list of records used to topple convictions in the unrelated Danziger Bridge case, in hopes of dissuading the Justice Department from seeking the death penalty.

“The struggle in many communities is whether police have adequate access to mental health resources to assist them,” University of Memphis professor Randolph DuPont said.

DuPont, who helped develop a national model for police response to the mentally ill that was first implemented in the Memphis Police Department in 1988, said it is not uncommon for officers to respond to one or two calls per shift involving a behavioral problem or mental disorder. 

After BP witnesses spent the day backing the company’s claim that it did everything possible to stop the jet of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and opposing lawyers worked to puncture their accounts, the round of the BP trial dealing with the three-month campaign to regain control of the blown Macondo well ended Thursday.

“The bayou is our best case in point as a feature that helps to hold water and control interior flooding, and at the same time is an economic amenity,” said Michael Hecht, the chief executive officer of Greater New Orleans Inc., the nonprofit economic development group that is promoting the Urban Water Plan.

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...