May 2020 Press Releases

DA Cannizzaro responds to city councilman’s remarks

May 28, 2020
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro issued the following statement Thursday (May 28) in response to remarks from City Councilman and criminal defense attorney Jason Williams:   “We share the concerns of Supt. Ferguson regarding the performance of the NOPD’s task force personnel, and await the findings of the department’s internal investigation. Should sufficient evidence be produced indicating criminal conduct…
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New Orleans DA extends public office closure through at least June 26

May 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Wednesday (May 13) extended his office’s public closure through at least June 26. The previously announced shutdown in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency was set to expire this weekend. But a budget shortfall derived from the coronavirus pandemic forced the office last week to furlough 42 percent of its non-attorney staff through at…
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New Orleans DA announces large-scale layoffs prompted by COVID-19 budget impacts

May 8, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced the layoff of 42 percent of his non-attorney staff Friday (May 8), in response to budget shortfalls exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing court system shutdown. Affected employees were notified late Thursday of furloughs taking effect at the close of business today. In total, 56 of the 133 non-attorney employees of the New Orleans…
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