Wednesday, November 21, 2012

News of the day: Zoe Sullivan on Pretrial Services; The Lens on deliberative process; T-P tours Grand Isle Shipyard bunkhouse

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

A few interesting news items:

Last week I wrote a little bit about the Vera Pretrial Services budget controversy, specifically critics' comparison of the program to the Philadelphia Pretrial Services Division. Independent journalist Zoe Sullivan has since done an interview with Orleans Parish First Assistant District Attorney Graymond Martin, who speaks at length about pretrial services. Martin, who used to represent the commercial bail industry, responds to that industry's criticism of the program.

Zoe Sullivan: "New Orleans Public Affairs Podcast: First Assistant District Attorney Graymond Martin"

Also, The Lens' Tyler Bridges has a story on the Jindal administration's use of the "deliberative process privilege" to shield public records. Bridges interviews a few state legislators who suggest the privilege may face a challenge during next year's legislative session.

The Lens: "Jindal administration invoking 2009 law to shield public records"

Finally, the Times-Picayune has been doing fantastic work following up on allegations that Grand Isle Shipyard, which employed some of the people aboard the Black Elk energy platform that caught fire last week, has been mistreating workers brought here from the Philippines.

Yesterday, the T-P posted a story in which Grand Isle president Mark Pregeant gives Richard Thompson a tour of the company's Galliano bunkhouse.

Further reading:

Pregeant's court statement on the bunkhouse, filed in federal court last July.

MarkPregeantDeclaration.pdf

Statements from the plaintiff workers, filed in response to Pregeant's statement

WorkerAffidavits.pdf

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