ACLU of Louisiana – March 18, 2020
Is COVID-19 the new Katrina? Professor Pamela R. Metzger of the Deason Center joins the ACLU of LA in warning of post-Katrina-like breakdown of the legal system with wrongly accused stuck in legal limbo
Professor Metzger of the Deason CJRC and the ACLU of LA expressed grave concerns about measures contained in Governor John Bel Edwards’ executive order that would suspend legal deadlines for district attorneys to file charges against people who are held in jail.
In a letter to the governor and the Louisiana Supreme Court, the organization asserted the move presents a “grave threat to fundamental civil rights” that would undermine public health and leave thousands of presumably innocent Louisianans to languish in jail in legal limbo. READ MORE