Orleans Parish Juries Reluctant to Convict

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD

A recent report from NOLA.com has indicated that Orleans Parish DA, Leon Cannizzaro’s, office has been having difficulty winning a large percentage of its cases in the last 3 months.

Photo Courtesy of NOLA.com

According to the report, cases across the board including violent, non-violent, drugs and sex crimes have seen a steep decrease in convictions despite efforts on Cannizzaro’s part to increase the number of cases that get pushed through to trial. Since March, the number of guilty verdicts won by the DA’s office in front of juries has dropped from 61% to 41%.

Mr. Cannizzaro has issued statements dismissing the importance of this decline, indicating that the percentage of the approximately 3,000 cases his office handles at any time is not primarily composed of jury trials.

Still, amid high profile controversies and pending court cases which involve NOPD officers, there certainly does seem to be widespread distrust of the police department in the city of New Orleans which has been hazarded as a possible reason for the decrease in convictions at trial.

For the full report and statistics about the DA’s success rate, visit NOLA.com .

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