New Orleans Prosecutor Jason Cantrell Resigns After Joint Falls Out of His Pocket In Court

69c08318c61a609858014ca70b7c06a11153 New Orleans Prosecutor Jason Cantrell Resigns After Joint Falls Out of His Pocket In Court

“A Tough Judge for Tough Times.” That’s how
Jason Cantrell described himself
when he ran for a judge’s seat on New Orleans’ Juvenile Court in
2009. On Monday, Cantrell, who has served as a New Orleans
prosecutor since losing the judge’s race, was arrested when a
marijuana cigarette fell out of his pocket in court. ;
“Cantrell was talking to an officer when the joint flew,”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. “Sources
painted a comical picture of the incident, saying a pair
of ;cops glanced at the joint on the ground, then at each other
before making arguably the easiest collar in the annals of
policework.”
Thanks to legislation passed in 2010, New Orleans no longer
tries low-level marijuana offenders in criminal court. Instead, it

cites them and summons them to municipal court, where city
attorneys like Cantrell–instead of district attorneys–serve as
prosecutors:

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said the point of the new law
is to free up local judges to handle more important cases.
“This is ultimately the goal: to bring the city attorney’s in as
the prosecutors of those cases, so I can bring my assistant D.A.’s
who had to handle the municipal court cases — the misdemeanor
cases in municipal court — back to criminal court,” Cannizzaro
said.
Cannizarro said the change provides a more efficient criminal
justice system; not just for his office, but for police as
well.

When Cantrell was running for judge in 2009, he promised to
implement mandatory drug court for all first-time juvenile drug
offenders.
And we all know how wonderful drug courts are. I wonder if
Cantrell will volunteer himself for one-to-two years of weekly
rehab meetings and piss tests, as he proscribed for first-time
juvenile offenders, or if he’ll just opt for the $500 fine?

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New Orleans Prosecutor Jason Cantrell Resigns After Joint Falls Out of His Pocket In Court

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