The 2011 case of John Thompson is particularly instructive — as an example of atrocious prosecutorial misconduct and of the Supreme Court’s refusal to hold the prosecutor accountable. Mr. Thompson spent 14 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. He was exonerated when an investigator found that lawyers in the New Orleans district attorney’s office had kept secret more than a dozen pieces of evidence that cast doubt on Mr. Thompson’s guilt, even destroying some.

The hospital’s initial completion projection of December 2014 has pushed back to February 2016. GAO reports from April 4 and May 7 outline the changes, although officials already had started using the $995 million and February 2016 estimates.

Woody Jenkins, chairman of the East Baton Rouge Republican Party, said if the government wants to lure business to Baton Rouge, it should do so only by creating a desirable environment for businesses with low taxes, good schools and streamlined regulatory policies.

Using tax money to subsidize corporations means “small business owners and ordinary guys are subsidizing the big guys,” he said.

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...