Nov 30, 2023 - Politics

State AG's office to prosecute some New Orleans criminal cases

New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams speaks at a podium during a press conference. Behind him stands law enforcement officers and Gov.-elect Jeff Landry, Attorney General-elect Liz Murrill and Landry's wife, Sharon Landry.

District Attorney Jason Williams speaks during Gov.-elect Jeff Landry's Nov. 29 press conference. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

Some New Orleans criminal cases will soon be prosecuted by lawyers from the Louisiana Attorney General's office.

What's happening: A new partnership between New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams and incoming Attorney General Liz Murrill's office will lend "experienced prosecutors" to help with the local caseload, Williams says.

  • The AG could become involved in cases involving investigations or arrests by Louisiana State Police, though it wasn't immediately clear what percentage of the DA's docket could get turned over to the AG's office.
  • The announcement came during Gov.-elect Jeff Landry's Wednesday press conference.

Why it matters: The new partnership is the first real policy to emerge from Landry's stated focus on crime in New Orleans.

Between the lines: Williams welcomed the partnership, calling it a bipartisan success.

Meanwhile: Landry also announced additional public safety-related appointments during the press conference, which took place at the Caesars Superdome.

  • They included Landry's pick for Louisiana State Police superintendent, New Orleans native Maj. Robert Hodges.
  • Murrill also said she's called for a "top to bottom" review of LSP practices in addition to the ongoing federal investigation following Ronald Green's 2019 death while in LSP custody.

Yes, but: Landry said he planned for additional LSP presence in New Orleans, but did not offer additional details on how many troopers might be stationed here, or where they'd be located.

  • You never lay out your plans, Landry said, because "the criminal element reads the newspaper and watches TV, as well."
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