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Criminal Justice

Mayor, Judge and Jury

Louisiana’s Mayor’s Courts

If you break the law in many small towns in Louisiana, the mayor could be your judge. The arrangement is ripe for conflict of interest.

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Mayor, Judge and Jury

Mayors Are Presiding Over Their Town Courts Despite Guidance Saying They Shouldn’t. A Lawmaker Calls for Reform.

We found more than a dozen places in Louisiana where the mayor sat on the bench of a court that pulled in a sizable share of the town’s revenue. The state says this arrangement could be unfair to defendants.

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The Louisiana Town Where a Traffic Stop Can Lead to One Charge After Another

This Louisiana Town Runs Largely on Traffic Fines. If You Fight Your Ticket, the Mayor Is Your Judge.