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During first month in office, DA Jason Williams dismissed over 400 cases previously accepted by Cannizzaro

During his first month in office, Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams dismissed over 400 cases — totaling over 700 individual charges — that were being prosecuted by former DA Leon Cannizzaro’s office. The majority of the dismissed charges were drug related, while 89 were domestic violence related and 80 were for weapons charges.

“This administration is committed to correcting the sins of the past and creating space for a laser-focused prosecution of violent crimes,” said First Assistant Bob White in an email providing the records, which were obtained through a public records request.* “Clearing the docket of minor matters allows the office to fulfill those promises to the public.”

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