Judicial ethics, victims rights top concerns of court watchdog

Chris Miller
May 15, 2019 - 12:17 pm

Court Watch NOLA is out with its annual report on New Orleans' courts, and they have concerns about judicial ethics and victims' rights.

The watchdog raised the issue of some judges receiving campaign donations from companies that provide defendant ankle monitoring. Court Watch found Judge Paul Bonin, who received contributions from the company ETOH Monitoring, steered defendants to ETOH for ankle monitoring in 23 cases. 

"We want to make sure that judges are instituting ankle monitors because it's about public safety," Court Watch NOLA Executive Director Simone Levine told WWL's Newell Normand. "We don't want to think that it's because this company gets extra money from criminal  defendants and that they give the judge campaign donations and campaign loans in exchange for that quid pro quo."

The report also raises concerns about making sure victims of crime feel safe when they have to appear in court, especially when delivering testimony. 

Click here to read the Court Watch NOLA 2018 review of New Orleans Criminal District Court, Magistrate Court, and Municipal Court.

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