D.A. asks for more money for staff hires, lawsuit defense

Tells City Council he needs half-million dollar boost in budget

Thomas Perumean
November 15, 2019 - 8:40 am



The District Attorney for Orleans Parish has asked the City Council for a sizable boost in his department's budget, $500,000, for more hires and to defend the department from lawsuits.  Also, to stem a 100% turn-over rate in prosecutors.  

Leon Cannizzaro says his department is woefully underfunded.  

The District Attorney's Office is funded by the City to the tune of $6.7-million and recently saw the restoration of a $600,000 cut from budget last year.  

According to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate Mayor LaToya Cantrell is holding funding at the 2016 level.  Cannizzaro says the Mayor is ignoring his pleas for more money.  

Cannizzaro says he needs the money to hire employees in the Juvenile Division and defend against three civil suits alleging misconduct.  

The D.A. is also fighting a turnover rate which has seen assistant D.A.'s elevated to senior prosecutors with as little as two-years of experience.  

Right now new hire attorneys make $45,000-a-year.  

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