Criminal Justice

“I just think it’s crazy,” said Yvonne Jones, mother of the 6-year-old victim in the case, Wesley Allen Mercer, in a statement… “The only reason they’re delaying the stuff is he (Sepulvado) might suffer a few minutes. My son suffered.”

Jones said five minutes of suffering is nothing compared with her son’s brutal death.

The Lens has covered the story of the Newcomb Boulevard closure, including a 2011 opinion piece by Keith Hardie, one of the residents who sued to take down the fence.

More than a dozen environmental groups led by the Environmental Integrity Project say a loophole in federal rules is exposing residents in Louisiana, Texas and other states at the center of the U.S. energy boom to thousands of pounds of unreported toxic chemicals released by oil and gas facilities each year.

The demand for increased oil and gas exploration on American soil was sold to citizens under the guise of securing our “energy future” and reducing our dependence on “foreign oil.”  Shipping our domestic crude overseas will only increase our dependence on foreign oil and leave us as vulnerable as we were during the fuel embargo in the 70’s.

Figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 show that, 7.1 percent of workers in Louisiana, or 74,000 people, made the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less. Only Idaho, Texas and Oklahoma had a larger percentage of the workforce making minimum wage or less.

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...