Duo "not guilty" 2 years after arrest: Those working in the Orleans Parish "justice" system plod through their cases so slowly it's like they're afraid of working themselves out of a job otherwise. (Hardly likely, considering the number of defendants packed into OPP.)
But this case may set some sort of unofficial record for its snail-pace through Criminal Court:
Again, this might be a case of being found "not guilty" rather than "innocent". But if you believe in the American judicial system--as most of us profess to--we should agree that anyone left sitting in jail for over 2 years while they're innocent--or ultimately found not guilty--is a miscarriage of justice. Prosecutions and trials can be accelerated without sacrificing the truth.
Nearly as long, different results: An 8th District detective thought for sure Eric D. Lewis was the guy who robbed Cosimo's bar just before Christmas in 2007 and then Good Friends Bar a couple of weeks later. But last Tuesday (10.13.09), a jury only partially agreed with him.
The jury voted 10-2 to convict Lewis, now 36, of 1st-degree robbery in the hold-up at Good Friends, 740 Dauphine St. on 1.6.08, but found him not guilty in the incident at Cosimo's, 1201 Burgundy St. on 12.23.07.
In both cases, Det. Jason Giroir had video surveillance tape from each robbery. But apparently eyewitness testimony was more persuasive from Good Friends.
Judge Camille Buras is due to sentence Lewis on 12.2.09. He faces 3 to 40 years in prison as the culmination of his 20-year career as a criminal.
More recently: A couple of white guys, one 23 the other 24, were robbed at gunpoint while walking in the 800 block of Union Street (between Carondelet and Baronne streets) at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (10.17.09). The robbers made off with the victims' cash and cellphones.
Trio arrested for thefts: 8th District cops arrested 3 suspects--including a woman and a man dressed like one--for 3 purse/pocket snatchings over the weekend:
- Friday (10.16.09) 9:05 p.m.: Joshua Argeyo, 17, was arrested for grabbing the purse of a white woman walking in the 900 block of Canal Street (between Dauphine and Burgundy streets). He is being held on $27,500 bond on charges of simple robbery and resisting arrest.
- Saturday (10.17.09) 12:10 a.m.: Nelson Segura, 24, who was dressed as a woman, was arrested after he allegedly accosted a white man in the 400 block of Bourbon Street (between Conti and St. Louis streets). He reached into the man's pocket, supposedly groping for the victim's money.
- Sunday (10.18.09) 4 a.m.: Keva Sims, 18, was arrested after she reportedly grabbed the purse of an Asian woman walking in the 500 block of Bourbon Street (between St. Louis and Toulouse streets). Sims was charged with pursesnatching and is being held on $25,000 bond.