This could change the whole future of the French Quarter art scene: On Friday (Sept. 7) the Louisiana Supreme Court assured artist Lawrence Clark that the city can't constitutionally tell him where he can sell his art. Back in March 2016, Clark set up a display table on Decatur Street near Esplanade Avenue in order to offer his works to passers-by. But Clark was ticketed by the city for violating Municipal Code 110-11, which restricts outdoor art sales to Jackson Square and thereabouts. According to the ordinance, Clark's violation could have cost him as much as $500 in fines and up to six months in jail, or both. The city's rules are meant to keep outdoor artists from impeding foot and vehicle traffic and to concentrate the artists at the heart of the tourist district. Two lower courts sided with the city against Clark, but he continued to appeal his case. The Louisiana Supreme Court said the city's rule is "a violation of Mr. Clark's First Amendment rights" that … [Read more...] about Louisiana Supreme Court sides with street artist against city of New Orleans
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A 36-year-old woman who died in the Orleans Justice Center jail on Sunday (May 25) while jail officials say she was detoxing from opioids and alcohol has been identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office as Kentrell Hurst. Hurst's mother said her daughter had five children and "had been through a whole lot" in her life -- a life that ended when Hurst was found unresponsive in her jail cell, two days after court records indicate she was arrested for allegedly stealing $56 worth of items from a Franklin Avenue grocery store. Laverne Phillips said her daughter's struggles included drug addiction, bouts with homelessness, abusive relationships and surviving a 2016 violent attack. Jason Melancon, a spokesman for Dr. Dwight McKenna, the coroner, said on Tuesday the cause and manner of Hurst's death was still under investigation. Her death marks the first in-custody death of 2018 for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. Six people died in 2017 while in OPSO's custody or after being … [Read more...] about Mother of 5 who died while detoxing in Orleans jail endured ‘difficult times,’ family says
The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans, featuring original artwork commissioned by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with Where Y'Art gallery. Today: the Rev. A.L. Davis Jr. The icon: The Rev. A.L. Davis Jr. The legacy: If Abraham Lincoln Davis Jr. was burdened by the idea of carrying the name of the Great Emancipator, he didn't show it. In fact, the Rev A.L. Davis, as he was better known to New Orleanians -- or just "the Rev," depending on just how well you knew him -- dedicated his life to helping finish the job the 16th president started. He did it on the streets, where he was involved in sit-ins and civil rights protests in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He did it at City Hall, where he served as the first black member of the New Orleans City Council since Reconstruction. And he did it from the pulpit at Mount Zion Baptist Church, where … [Read more...] about The New Orleans preacher who helped launch MLK’s movement
By Jonathan Bullington and Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The phone call used to convict Gerard Howard lasted seven minutes. Howard made the collect call to his attorney from Orleans Parish jail shortly after his March 2015 arrest on possession of heroin and of drug paraphernalia, court records show. It began with a standard disclaimer for jail calls, saying it was subject to recording and monitoring. Then, once connected, public defender Thomas Frampton asked why Howard had been transferred to a different jail building. "Just like after detox or whatever," Howard is heard answering in a recording of the call, obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Prosecutors later dropped the heroin charge, leaving Frampton confident he could prove his client's innocence with lab results showing the two syringes found on Howard were clean. But days before the trial, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office told Frampton prosecutors would use the recording of that jail call, and … [Read more...] about New Orleans prosecutors listen to attorney-inmate calls. But should they?
Hundreds of people sitting in New Orleans' jail awaiting trial on low-level offenses aren't there because a judge decided they're a flight risk or a danger to the community. They're there simply because they can't afford to pay bail. According to a report released Monday (May 13) by The Data Center, 548 people were in New Orleans' jail on any given day in 2015 only because they could not afford a bail amount of $100,000 or less. "Bail historically has meant release prior to determination of one's guilt, not release if you can pay," said Jon Wool, director of justice policy at the Vera Institute of Justice's New Orleans office. He's also one of the authors of the report. "We have now thoroughly flipped the right to release to one in which it is a conditional right that only those with means -- and generally only those who have white skin -- can enjoy. "And that's not accidental. That is part of a historical set of practices that persist today." The new report, titled "From Bondage to … [Read more...] about New Orleans’ money bail bond system puts a price on freedom, report says