After the NOPD initially booked Stemle on misdemeanor counts of simple battery and trespassing, White complained to law enforcement authorities and media that police had undercharged the offense. Two weeks later, Cannizzaro's office brought the charge of home invasion, a felony punishable by 5 to 20 years upon conviction. The DA's office said the harsher charge was based on screening of the evidence, not White's complaints.What a goofball comedy that whole story is. The real bad news, though, is it gives Jeff Landry more stuff to do in New Orleans.
But Stemle's hearing on the recusal motion last summer took a surprising turn when White was called to the witness stand and said she also didn't want Cannizzaro handling the case. The judge testified under oath that she neither liked nor trusted the district attorney, and was "concerned about him handling my case" because Cannizzaro had been "very personal in his disdain for things I have done professionally."
Attorney General Jeff Landry's office instead was tasked with prosecuting Alabama attorney Joshua Stemle, whom New Orleans police said staggered into the courtyard of White's Governor Nicholls Street home and scuffled with the judge's husband, Thomas Wilson III, around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2015.And it's over a thing that happened in the French Quarter. If anything this will just encourage Landry to beef up his "task force." Maybe there should be a curfew on lawyers in the Quarter after 3 AM.