As soon as I heard Eddie Jordan’s office was dismissing the case against accused quintuple murderer Michael Anderson, I knew I was going to be writing an angry diatribe about the sorry state of criminal justice affairs in New Orleans. As I pieced together the rant in my head throughout the day, it was unclear who to blame most.
Should I accuse the police for not collecting enough evidence and presenting it to prosecutors? Should I rail against another witness who refused to cooperate? Or should I lambaste the DA’s office for bungling the damn thing and not following through?
I decided to blame everybody. The whole damn system. Let them all feel the cyber outrage. It would be a long post but they all would deserve it.
Then I fired up the old Web browser and couldn’t believe what I read. The NOPD located the witness? In less than 24-hours no less? And not only is she willing to testify but she is going to be at a press conference at 2:30?
Well, that only leaves one person to blame doesn’t it?
But before that happens, I’d like to commend the NOPD for showing the leadership and fortitude to step forward and do what the District Attorney’s office, with the help of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, couldn’t do.
Thanks NOPD. Seriously.
It’s the biggest mass murder in New Orleans in 10 years. It was all over the national news. One would think, for fucking APPEARANCES at the very least, the DA’s office might be able to concentrate their efforts and convict this one dude. Or fuck that. Just TRY him. Just bring the fucking case to trial.
Some quotes include:
This pattern from the District Attorney’s Office is unacceptable and must improve immediately or I will ask the Attorney General to conduct a full investigation into this office.
Improve immediatly? Fuck that! Investigate now! I’m pro investigation!
From the WWL article…
On Tuesday, Jordan’s office stressed that charges could still be brought against Anderson in the multiple murders and that the investigation was continuing.
COULD be? How about WILL be?
Who at the DA’s office even has trial skills I wonder?
But that’s how incompetent the office, with Jordan as its figurehead, is. My neighbor across the street has a fantasy about walking up to Jordan and punching him in the face because he knew he’d never get convicted for it.
Imagine this. A good cop walks the streets of the city. He is called to a murder. Makes an arrest. Six months later, he arrests the same guy for possession. The six months later, he arrests the same guy for murder again. How can the police department stay motivated to catch criminals when they know the DA is going to refuse the case or otherwise dismiss the damn thing? No one wants to spin their wheels at work. When the work is keeping the community safe, it must be madness.
Jordan has to go. He has to. He should be at the top of everyone’s list as the most incompetent public servant we have. Beyond Nagin’s gubernatorial aspirations, beyond Stacy Head’s real estate, beyond Vitter’s penis, beyond geologists in Hartford, this guy has to be everyone’s number one priority.
We should march, sit, post flyers, write pamphlets, hire a skywriter, holler through a bullhorn, blog, run through the city naked, do whatever we can to get rid of this motherfucker.
Get the preachers, the fat cats, the painters, the trumpet blowers, the section 8 landlords, the single moms, the taco truck drivers, the beignet makers, the Corps, the sous chefs, the goths, the bartenders, the Hondurans, the Vietnamese, the float makers, the trailer dwellers, the educators, the gutter punks, the tattoo artists, the craft mafia, the oil men, the dock workers, the garbage men, the hospitality workers, the college students, the gays and lesbians, the doctors and nurses, Brad and Angelina; get every swinging dick and tit in this city together and let’s force this motherfucker out for fuck’s sake.
Edit: Maitri was awesome enough to post e-mail addys of our local politicians for everyone to write to. You can just copy and paste this into the body of the e-mail:
“As a citizen of New Orleans, I am pleading with you to join the chorus of citizens who are demanding the resignation of District Attorney Eddie Jordan.”