Instead of correcting the mistake, the prosecutor involved in the case Blume was working on charged her, tying her up in a legal battle for two years.
Neither did the prosecutor inform the judge setting bail that Blume was with the office of the public defender (OPD).
Post-Katrina reforms gave Orleans Parish an independent office full of full-time public defenders.
, Jack Mc Coy, the assistant district attorney who eventually became the district attorney, would sometimes abuse his power by persecuting his legal opponents in order to extract a better negotiating position.
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At least four lawyers and investigators for the public defender’s office in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, say they were charged with crimes for legal conduct that was part of their jobs, and two others have been threatened with charges, the Guardian reported Monday.
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