Daily Archives: September 12, 2006

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:11:20

I’ve decided to take a break from my new career as a tabloid blogger and take a brief look at some recent reforms made to the Orleans Parish Indigent Defender Program (IDP.) There was an article in today’s Picayune about the culture clash between new IDP honcho Steve Singer and Judge Terry Alarcon. Singer is an academic (Loyola Law) who is attempting to implement his ideas in the rough and tumble of the real world. The Judges aren’t very happy thus far and with good reason: the reforms have had unintended consequences  6 of the most experienced defenders have quit. Why? The IDP is no longer allowing defenders to work part-time. In the abstract this sounds like a good thing but in the real world it has led to the resignation of 2 experienced lawyers who handle capital cases. It would have been wiser to phase in the reforms and to grandfather in people like Robert Jenkins who is one of the ablest criminal law practicioners in the South.

I must confess that turning over the IDP to academics gives me pause. Singer does have some real world trial experience but he’s mostly motivated by a crusading spirit. Let’s hope he doesn’t get worn down by the day to day grind of dealing with incompetent ADAs cranky judges and lying clients. The system clearly needed reforming pre-K I only hope the new IDP board and their lawyers have staying power. The criminal justice system has a way of  turning idealists into cynics. It will be interesting to watch.

OF MARINELLOS & MACKELS

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 05:04:43

I have some good news and some bad news. I’m a bad news first kind of guy. Here it is: accused murderer Vince Marinello was bonded out of the slammer Monday night. According to WDSU it took Mouthpiece Foret five hours to convince Vince’s elderly mother to post bond. The shitbag is out. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t log on to Bigamist.com in search of another wife…

Now for the good news courtesy of the Picayune:
Two members of a throng of media outside the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on Monday helped capture a man who tried to escape from a correctional officer.The attempted escape occurred about 11:15 a.m. in the view of media members who were stationed outside the jail awaiting the potential release of murder suspect Vince Marinello.

The handcuffed man was either coming to or from the jail when he took the opportunity to dash away from an officer and began running away while his hands were still handcuffed behind his back.

The suspect later identified as Michael Flaherty ran behind a bail bond’s office and into an empty lot. Taking chase was Karre Johnson of WWL radio and Glynn Boyd of ABC TV Channel 26.

The two caught up with Flaherty and held him in place until deputies arrived and escorted Flaherty into the jail. Additional details were not immediately available.”

And some people think the MSM serve no useful purpose when they’re staking out a shitbird like Vinny. I did however lose a bet as to the identity of one of the reporters. I was certain that WDSU’s obnoxious news twin Travers Mackel would be one of newshounds who tackled the skel. Why? His brother Fletcher is the obnoxious sports twin at WDSU so I figure Travers knows from tackling. I was wrong.

Finally I’d like to reassure my my non-Debrisville readers that I am not making the “twins who work at the same TV station” stuff up. Here are the Mackerel Mackel brothers: