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New Orleans Consent Decree Threatens Proper Balance Between State and Federal Powers Argues Attorney General Jeff Landry

Attorney General Files Legal Brief in Support of Crescent City, NOPD


NEW ORLEANS, LA - Fighting back against a federal judge’s latest attempt to usurp authority from local officials in our State, Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a legal brief supporting the City of New Orleans in a matter related to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) consent decree.

Over the express objection of City officials and without the authority to do so, Judge Susie Morgan attempted to force numerous local officials into appearing in her courtroom to make statements to the press about the consent judgment and other policing issues not governed by the judgment. In response, the City of New Orleans last week petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for a writ of mandamus, which is an extreme appellate procedure warranted only when a trial judge makes a grave error. Late Friday, the Fifth Circuit halted the appearances until it can put out an order addressing the mandamus petition.

Yesterday, Attorney General Landry argued in a legal brief that Judge Morgan abused her authority under NOPD consent judgment, a failed federal decree that threatens our State’s sovereign right to decide how to structure government and to provide for the safety of its citizens and their property within the borders of the City of New Orleans.

“For seven years, I have said this consent decree needs to end. It has done nothing but handcuff cops instead of criminals. Federal judges have no business running police departments; and when they do, this is what happens,” said Attorney General Landry.