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Court Watch NOLA Report (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-07-26

Duration: 00:05:58

Subjects: COURTS | Criminal justice, Administration of


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Levine, Simone Interviewee


This segment from the July 26, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on a recent Court Watch NOLA report, which found that some Orleans Parish judges are holding criminal defendants in contempt of court for not hiring private defense attorneys. She interviews Simone Levine, the executive director of Court Watch NOLA, who discusses the findings of their report and the unconstitutionality of this practice.