Category: Caddo Parish District Attorney

Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come

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Willie Bradford
Willie Bradford

by Willie Bradford

Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” That cliché can be applied the election for the Next District Attorney for Caddo Parish.

When I was in school in the early 1960s there were less then five thousand black registered voters in Caddo Parish ­- And no blacks elected to political office. Dr. C.O. Simpkins did run for the Caddo Parish School Board in 1952, as well as in1958. Between 1958 and 1968 several other blacks sought political office as well, but because of the low number of black registered voters they all lost their elections.

Voting-question-everythingAfter the 1964 Voting Rights Act, blacks started registering in greater numbers. By 1970 black registered voters had tripled, and Dr. E.E. Allen, a local dentist became the first African-American elected official in Caddo Parish. People of all colors responded in this election and elected Dr. Allen to the Caddo Parish School Board. Dr. Allen’s victory represented an idea whose time had come. Read more

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9-1-1 Tapes, What’s the Urgency?

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Officer Thomas LeValley
Officer Thomas LaValley

by Daniel  R. Keele

Where does the real problem in the hubbub over the 9-1-1 tapes and body mike audio of Officer Thomas LaValley being released lie? This incident screamed for review of the relevant minutes and motions on the Grover Cannon case, in which he is accused of murdering Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley. This review does not include the transcripts of the proceedings, nor was I in the courtroom at any time. It appears that the defense filed motions, which led to production of the audio/video tapes in question and other materials, including basically every piece of audio or video in the case. That is their responsibility and is in no way unusual.

At one point prior to the preliminary hearing and the grand jury indictment, City Attorney William Bradford and his assistant, Terrell Myles, filed and then appeared on a motion to quash a defense subpoena for case audio and video. The minutes reflect a re-urging of that motion, which meant it was previously denied. It was denied the second time. That’s consistent with Read more

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Thompson v. Stewart; Observations From Within the Bench and Bar

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Casey Simpson Candidate for Caddo DA
Casey Simpson

by J. Casey Simpson, Esq.

Political media personalities of Shreveport are new to me, but I have had my experience with them since early summer. I am asking friends to do us all a solid favor, which is our civic duty – to examine candidates – and vote our heart and good common sense on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, OR Saturday November 21 at your regular polling place. No, your primary vote is not added onto the general election day ballots. Its two different elections, but same candidates – the two who got the most votes of the six who were originally in the campaign for D.A.

This newspaper article relies on Mr. Brad Whitesides, a liberal democrat, and that is lovely, but he was quoted as an unbiased expert. Also, Ms. Burris relies on Mr. Michael Walker, another local man who is employed by the Edwards for Governor campaign. Dhu_Thompson--James_StewartThis is deceptive of the author, Ms. Burris. I worked side-by-side Michael last fall for Landrieu. See, I am objective. I support the candidate who I feel Read more

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Vote Because it Makes a Difference

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ELECTION DAY-Nov 21by Marion Marks

November 21 election results determine the future in Louisiana and Caddo Parish, either way the voters decide. Citizens can and will make a choice by casting a ballot or allowing others to vote for them through their failure to cast a ballot. “You cant be neutral on a moving train!” said Howard Zinn, and that’s the way eligible voters must recognize a responsibility to vote, or they give away their power and their rights. It’s really that simple, and no reason for not voting makes any sense – if you are alive!Howard Zinn_You Cant be Neutral

No other responsibility citizens possess is more powerful in determining a future path for the community than exercising your vote. And Caddo voters can’t see how much that vote is worth, when so many people and so much money is being poured into this election, they must be blind. The concept of the “Fat Cat” was easy to understand, as someone threw piles of Read more

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely…

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Lord-Acton-Quotes-1by J. Casey Simpson, J.D.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”-Lord Acton

When he died in 1902, Lord Acton was considered one of the most learned people of his age, unmatched for the breadth, depth, and humanity of his knowledge. He has become famous to succeeding generations for his observation —learned through many years of study and first-hand experience—that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Cite: www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-3-number-1/lord-emerich-edward-dalberg-acton

Money-Gavel            Having become discouraged by higher powers and large sums that seemed insurmountable to our ideals and good faith efforts to preserve dignity, freedom and the right to govern as a people of the American nation, I had been out of politics for ten years until summer. My first political campaign to work on was in 1986, a U. S. Senate race between John Breaux and Henson Moore. I was naïve. Now, having practiced in areas of law including finance, insurance, negotiations, criminal prosecution Read more

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Factors That May Impact Voter Turnout on November 21

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015The general election on Saturday, November 21 will determine the outcome of many statewide races (the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General) and four Caddo races – District Attorney, Caddo Commissioner District 3 and 8 and State Senate District 38. Caddo voter turnout for the October 24 primary was a much lower than expected at 32%.

The $64,000 question for the November 21 election date is, as always, turnout. A low turnout can be blamed on many factors, including the following:

Go VOTE!
Go VOTE!

1. Hunting season will be open for deer and ducks.

2. For consummate shopper, that Saturday will be five (5) days before Thanksgiving Read more

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Frustrations & Election Lessons

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vote-handsby Marion Marks

Tuesday’s national election day resulted in voters’ unleashed pent up frustrations and defeated candidates and policies that were perceived as oppressive or punitive. However, as all elections are local, what transpires in Louisiana and Caddo Parish on November 21 will be put under a microscope for years to come. National attention that Louisiana and Caddo have received for injustices of the past has brought in millions of dollars of outside money in an attempt to alter history. But no election has been singled out more than the Caddo District Attorney’s race, often falsely labeled the old versus the new justice.

In retrospect, Caddo citizens generally have been immune to messages or else repulsed by droning harangues that appear to be one-sided, negative or just plain over the top with false logic. Scales Unbalanced-Justice-Power-MoneyMany prospective voters tune out or shut down at the mention of this race, sometimes ashamed of the Caddo record. But all too often, knowledgeable voters, out of respect for a candidate they know who deserves real credit for successes, tunes out because all of the mud being slung. Perhaps the ads work for all the wrong reasons.
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JAMES STEWART—THE GREAT PRETENDER FOR CADDO DA

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015To those who have closely followed the campaign of James Stewart for Caddo DA, nothing is a surprise that comes out of his mouth—or what does not come out. Stewart’s entire race has been a series of “I do not know” or “I will not comment”. Although Caddo voters deserve more from someone seeking to become District Attorney, it is unlikely that Stewart will change his pattern from being a tightly-scripted candidate controlled by his white political handlers.

Stewart was trained by former Caddo DA Paul Carmouche who also trained Dale Cox. Stewart_Forum-DealThe death penalty cases that have been subject to national media scrutiny were prosecuted during Carmouche’s tenure as D.A. Stewart may “pretend” that he is the answer to correcting the death penalty brouhaha, but he has not explained his DA background, why he was very hard on black criminal defendants – – or his record as a Caddo District Judge and Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge when he was known to be Read more

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The Politics of Ignorance, Corruption and Sovereignty

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James Monroe
James Monroe

 by Marion Marks

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate… that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.”           – James Monroe

This election cycle has proven that Caddo citizens discovered that a little ignorance is the currency of far too many voters, and that those who believe they can sway an election with big dollars still have a lot to learn. Regardless of the inclement weather, registered voters failed to exercise their hard-fought right to vote. The “sovereignty” Monroe refers is a double-edged privilege, granted to all, simply thru citizenship. Yet the “right” is neglected or ignored when we demonstrate a failure to vote. The rights of citizenship only become an acceptable currency when the holder of the right exercises their vote.

ignorance-a_POVThe basic belief of the founding fathers, and the expectation of those who cherish those rights, seems to be mostly ignored today as a majority refuse to vote, even when it is in their interest to cast a vote. Suggesting that their right to vote is being taken away, many would scream loudly. So the question now becomes, who will not vote in the November runoff?

The saddest media message I read since the returns came in is Read more

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The Evolution of Unlimited Cash Donations $$$$$$…

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Casey Simpson Candidate for Caddo DA
Casey Simpson
Candidate for Caddo DA

by Casey Simpson

We are witnessing an event in the evolution of American Constitutional Law; overt, unlimited cash donations to a local country / parish election, from foreign interests. This is unprecedented in American History, and it is repugnant to all notions of “fair play and substantial justice”, though especially permitted by U. S. Supreme Court law. But what is justice anyway?

Justice is whatever the voters say it is by either voting, or by choosing to not vote. Voting is the ultimate power – the last word – the final action. However, half our voters are inactive due to, one might assume, disinterest. I am afraid of what Read more

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