April 2020 Press Releases

Plan set for limited re-opening of New Orleans’ Criminal District Court

April 30, 2020
The judges of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, in consultation with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system, on Thursday (April 30) announced plans for a limited re-opening of the courthouse at Tulane Avenue and North Broad Street slated for two weeks after the city’s stay-at-home order is lifted. According to the order issued by Chief Judge Karen K. Herman,…
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New Orleans DA challenges bond order for convicted double-murderer Darrill Henry

April 24, 2020
Ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron on Friday (April 24) set bail a second time for a man convicted of one of the most gruesome double murders in recent New Orleans history. Waldron set bond in the amount of $400,000 for Darrill Henry, over the objection of state prosecutors and the surviving family of victims Durelli Watts and Ina…
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New Orleans DA extends public closure of office through at least May 3

April 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Monday (April 13) extended his office’s public closure through at least May 3. The decision follows a similar shutdown extension by Criminal District Court, as ordered last week by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The closures are in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The OPDA office has been closed to the public since the…
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‘D-Block’ co-defendant defies judge’s home confinement order within an hour

April 8, 2020
Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny on Wednesday (April 8) denied a state motion to revoke the recognizance bond of Johnny Johnson, but ordered the defendant to home confinement at his provided address in New Orleans East. Johnson, one of nine defendants named in the May 2018 “D-Block” gang racketeering indictment, was released April 1 over the objection of the Orleans…
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‘D-Block’ leader Glynn McCormick murdered within 4 days of virus-related custody release

April 6, 2020
Grieving New Orleans family members have notified District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office that the man shot to death Sunday afternoon (April 5) near North Broad and Dumaine streets was Glynn McCormick. McCormick, 33, was the indicted leader of a violent heroin-dealing enterprise awaiting trial for racketeering. Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny ordered McCormick’s release from custody on April 1, over…
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