Saturday, May 06, 2017

Why are they protecting the hotel?

The Advocate gives this unidentified "tony French Quarter hotel" more consideration than Cannizzaro's office gives to victims and witnesses of violent crime.
Three days after prosecutors gave Mitchell the subpoena, police showed up at his workplace, handcuffed him and drove him to Central Lockup. Mitchell was booked as a material witness, with his bail set at $50,000.

"I don't know if it's right to say this, but I'll forgive those guys (Gray and Bernard) before I forgive the DA. That's how bad that was," said Mitchell, 41.

"I've been shot and almost died, and I really got to go through all this with y'all?" he said. "Any means necessary, they'll do it. By any means, and it don't matter what the effect of that is."

Mitchell's jail stay was short. His friend Chris Smith, who works with mental health court clients, said he pleaded with Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White, who had signed the warrant. She freed Mitchell the next day on his own recognizance.

But Mitchell remains bitter. He lost his job shortly after his arrest. And while the hotel's owner told The Advocate that Mitchell was canned for other reasons, Mitchell places the blame squarely on the DA's Office.
I guess they didn't want to testify on the record.  Some are still afforded that luxury.

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