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Fox 8 New Orleans and ProPublica Investigate "Mayor’s Court"

Topic: Investigative Reporting
Posted on 1/10/2024

A partnership between Gray television’s Fox 8 New Orleans and ProPublica investigated the judicial process of a town in Louisiana that brings in more than $1 million per year in traffic fines through a mayor’s court. “The mayor who’s trying to raise money for the city is in charge of prosecuting these minor criminal offenses and getting fines brought back to the city,” Joel Friedman, an emeritus professor at Tulane University in New Orleans who has taught procedural law for 46 years, told the investigation. “There’s no accountability. They can do whatever they want.”

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