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.
Poverty up in N.O.’s suburbs — The Advocate “A new report on poverty shows that the number of poor people living in the New Orleans metro area suburbs increased by 20.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, less than a third of the average percentage change reported for the nation’s largest cities.” Twitter-user @skooks linked to the article and observed that the “poor are being pushed to the suburbs as city gentrifies.” This article in The Atlantic uses the same data to create a national map showing the suburbanization of poverty.
Deepwater operators look to new frontiers – Offshore | The future still looks bright for deepwater drilling: “Even though recent challenges such as the global economic downturn, credit crises, increased capital costs, and environmental concerns affect deepwater operations, the strong positive growth in offshore E&P [earnings and profits] trends will likely continue, making deepwater a key contributor to conventional reserve replacement with rapidly increasing share in global hydrocarbon production.”
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.
Backlog of maintenance — The Advocate | “From buildings filled with mold to faulty water and sewer systems that back up into classrooms, higher education leaders across Louisiana are growing increasingly concerned with the state’s backlog in repairing and renovating campus facilities. “
Are Vouchers Dead? — The American Prospect | The article examines school vouchers after the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled their funding mechanism was unconstitutional. The article notes that public support for voucher programs is difficult to gauge. Polls show support for them, but no state has ever passed a voucher bill through public referenda, despite several attempts.
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...
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