The fatal shot from a New Orleans police officer’s rifle that preceded the burning of a body and allegations of a cover-up, making the name Henry Glover a symbol for heinous New Orleans police misconduct in Hurricane Katrina’s wake, was legally justifiable, a federal court jury decided Wednesday.
The jury of eight women and four men acquitted former Officer David Warren of violating Glover’s civil rights when he fired a single bullet from his personal assault rifle from the second-floor breezeway of an Algiers strip mall on Sept.
On April 9, Matilde Gayosso heard tumult in the street in the 2800 block of Pakenham Drive in Chalmette, where she was living with her husband, Juan Pelcastre-Garrido, and four others.
The area, which is heavily populated by Hispanic residents, was being combed by a task force composed of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the Louisiana Fugitive Operations Team and St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies.
“They were literally hitting the doors of all the houses on the street,” she said through a translator Wednesday.
Judge Michael Bagneris appeared ready on Wednesday to complicate what had looked like an easy reelection campaign for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, punctuating the start of a three-day qualifying period for city elections in February that saw few other surprises.
Bagneris hasn’t signed up to run yet, but he filed paperwork with the Louisiana Secretary of State resigning his position as judge in Civil District Court effective Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. That’s a requirement if he is going to challenge Landrieu, whom he’s been grappling with for months over where to build a new court building amid rumors that he might simply try and take the mayor’s job.
The federal government is broken, fractured by narrow self-interest groups, political homogeneity in congressional districts and public servants who regard compromise as anathema, author and journalist Steven Roberts said Wednesday in New Orleans.
“The fact is that government in Washington is not working very well,” said Roberts, who has covered Washington politics for more than three decades. “In fact, it’s working very badly.”
“I say that much more in sadness than in anger,” he said.
Roberts, whose column appears in this newspaper, was in town to serve as guest speaker for the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research’s annual luncheon.
Guy Mistretta has resigned after spending three seasons as head football coach/director of football operations at The Dunham School.
A news release from the school that Mistretta announced his decision following a Wednesday meeting with Dunham President Bobby Welch, Headmaster Steve Eagleton and Athletic Administrator Donna Pixley, where it was agreed that this decision serves the best interest of both parties.
“I’ve enjoyed my three years at Dunham, in particular the time spent working with the student-athletes,” Mistretta said in the news release.
That malaise you’re feeling today lets you know what our Yankees brethren deal with for months on end with seemingly endless cold, dreary days without sunshine and the warmth the sun brings.
Through Wednesday, we’ve had six of the past seven days under clouds and battling wind and cold.
Sunshine will help get bait active, and the fish we’re looking for will follow.
Southeastern Louisiana University received NCAA penalties for a lack of institutional control after self-reporting 137 athletes were academically ineligible over a five-year period, but was largely spared severe punishment Tuesday.
The school, which first reported the violations in late March, self-imposed a myriad of penalties, including scholarship reductions, a two-year probationary period and vacating victories from 2005-06 until 2009-10.
Yet the NCAA on Tuesday ordered SLU to pay an additional $25,000 fine and extended the probationary period to four years, but avoided any postseason bans.