‘D-Block’ co-defendant defies judge’s home confinement order within an hour
April 8, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

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 Parish District Attorney’s office, in response to a Covid 19-related motion to reduce bond.

Within an hour of the judge’s Wednesday ruling, at 2:10 p.m., a New Orleans Police First District task force again found Johnson roaming at St. Philip and North Broad streets, near his former drug-dealing turf on Dumaine Street. Co-defendant Glynn McCormick was murdered Sunday after returning to the same neighborhood, four days after being released along with Johnson by order of the same judge.

Derbigny was immediately notified, placed in contact with an NOPD sergeant at the scene, and was asked to reconsider the state’s motion. The judge again denied the motion, saying it might have been unclear when home confinement was to take effect.

“What more does this defendant need to do to prove to this judge that his only intention is to resume his criminal activity in this neighborhood?” District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro asked. “Like his slain co-defendant Glynn McCormick, this defendant’s address is far from the so-called ‘D-Block.’

“We already have seen one violent offender murdered after an unnecessary release. That Mr. Johnson continues returning to this area in defiance of orders to stay at home only puts him and the residents of this neighborhood at continued risk. His defiant conduct is an affront to the criminal justice system, disrespectful of this judge, frustrating to police and a danger to our community.”

Since March 14, the Orleans Justice Center jail population has been reduced from 1,038 inmates to 821, a reduction of 21 percent. Cannizzaro has supported the reduction of non- violent detainees in the face of the current public health emergency, but has urged judges to show greater caution regarding violent offenders so as to not further endanger public safety.