Thanks, your honor: Apparently Judge Frank A. Marullo Jr. is confident that a suspected drug dealer is no threat to the public as long as he pees in a cup twice a week.
He let Howard Fleming, 27, who was being held on $57,500 bond, out of OPP last Thursday (7.24.08) on his own recognizance as long as he takes a drug test twice a week and is monitored by "intensive probation." Isn't that just swell of the judge, who faces no opposition in this fall's election?
Down and out: Last year about this time, when the 8th District was plagued by 22 armed robberies in a month--15 of them in the Lower Quarter and Marigny Triangle--Lt. Eddie Selby unleashed a 12-man taskforce on the territory to change the tide.
Last Friday (7.25.08), Beverly pled guilty to 2 reduced charges of 1 count of simple robbery and 1 count of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer. Judge Camille Buras (another judge who will be back on the bench for another term without opposition) gave him a 7-year suspended sentence, with the first 6 months served under house arrest and then 5 years of active probation--and, oh yeah, he has to get his GED and be drug tested for 12 weeks.
Only one crime?: If you believe the 8th District NOPD, there was only ONE crime committed in the French Quarter and environs last week.
Who needs crooks when we've got cops?: There's a story flying all over Nola.com about a deputy NOPD chief fleeing a woman's house in the middle of the night last week wearing only a bed sheet after her husband came home early and started firing a gun at him.
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