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Orleans Parish DA Launches New Unit

Orleans Parish DA Launches New Unit
Posted Thursday, August 28th 2014 @ 3pm

The Orleans Parish DA's office is joining forces with the organization known as the Innocence Project to find and correct cases in which people have been wrongfully convicted.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Emily Maw of the Innocence Project-New Orleans announced the plan at a news conference Thursday.

Cannizzaro acknowledged that one of the catalysts for the joint effort was the case of Reginald Adams. Adams was released this year after spending 34 years in prison. His second-degree murder conviction was reversed after a judge agreed with authorities that former prosecutors and detectives withheld evidence that might have acquitted him.

Cannizzaro, who was elected in 2008, and Maw said they will seek funding from the New Orleans City Council for their joint effort.

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