Press Releases

DA Cannizzaro hosts 2020 Domestic Violence Summit with city leaders, judges and stakeholders

January 17, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Friday (Jan. 17) hosted city leaders, police, judges and victim advocates at the 2020 New Orleans Domestic Violence Summit. The Summit, subtitled A Symposium for Solutions, brought together a wide spectrum of domestic violence stakeholders for a productive and enlightening discussion of challenges, deficiencies, needs and ideas to improve outcomes for domestic violence victims. Invited…
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DNA taken from domestic violence arrest links man to 2 cold-case New Orleans rapes

January 16, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 16) secured an indictment charging a man whose recent domestic violence arrest produced a DNA link to two New Orleans cold-case rapes. Navarri Henderson was charged with two counts each of first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping, in connection with previously unsolved sexual assaults that occurred in December 2016 and August 2018. An…
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DA Cannizzaro welcomes new Juvenile Court policy for repeat offenders

January 9, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Thursday (Jan. 9) issued the following statement in response to the new detention policy for repeat offenders announced by the judges of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court: “I commend the judges of New Orleans’ Juvenile Court for recognizing the persistent danger posed by habitual violent teen offenders toward our citizens, visitors and police, and for taking…
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Recidivist teen Dwayne Fortenberry indicted for armed robbery of 72-year-old man

January 9, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 9) secured an indictment charging a previously convicted New Orleans teen with last month’s armed robbery of a 72-year-old man who was delivering newspapers in the Upper 9th Ward. Dwayne Fortenberry was charged with a single count of armed robbery in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Fortenberry,…
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2 teens indicted for attempted murders at New Orleans East church fair

January 9, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 9) secured an indictment charging two juveniles with attempting to murder three teen victims shot last November at a church fair in New Orleans East. Joquan Clark, 17 and pictured above, and 15-year-old Ivan Wright (photo unavailable) each was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the indictment handed up…
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New Orleans’ Torey Hobson indicted for rape of preteen girl

January 9, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 9) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with sex crimes against a developmentally disabled 12-year-old girl left sometimes in his care. Torey Hobson was charged with one count of first-degree rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand…
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DA Cannizzaro invites city leaders, stakeholders to collaborate at first Domestic Violence Summit

December 13, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Friday (Dec. 13) invited city officials, victim advocates, law enforcement partners and other key stakeholders to a collaborative meeting next month aimed at achieving better funding, coordination, protection and services for Orleans Parish domestic violence victims. The 2020 New Orleans Domestic Violence Summit: A Symposium for Solutions will be held in the grand jury auditorium…
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Lemoines Horne indicted for 2 rapes, 24 years apart, based on DNA evidence

December 12, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 12) secured an indictment charging a previously convicted sex offender with two New Orleans rapes that occurred 24 years apart. Lemoines Horne was charged with one count of aggravated (first-degree) rape, one count of second-degree rape, and single counts of obscenity and failure to register as a sex offender in the four-count…
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Ex-New Orleans church deacon George Brignac indicted on child-rape charge

December 12, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 12) secured an indictment charging a former New Orleans Roman Catholic church deacon with the rape of a preteen boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac was charged with one count of aggravated rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Brignac faces a mandatory lifetime prison term…
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Domestic violence victim advocates find Orleans DA prosecutions in line with national average

December 11, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Wednesday (Dec. 11) commended officials from the New Orleans Family Justice Center and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana for retracting unwarranted criticism and reaffirming their commitment to a partnership aimed at better serving the needs of the city’s domestic violence victims. “The plight of New Orleans’ domestic violence victims should never be exploited for…
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