New Orleans DA resigns

AP:

District Attorney Eddie Jordan on Tuesday disclosed plans to resign amid a $3.7 million discrimination verdict against his office and a rising murder rate since Hurricane Katrina.

Jordan's spokesman, Dalton Savwoir, said the district attorney told his staff he would resign on Wednesday.

Jordan lost the discrimination lawsuit against dozens of his former employees in 2005. The white former employees said they were fired by Jordan, who is black, because of their race.

Jordan has consistently lost the appeals in that case and earlier this week, a federal judge refused to delay payment of the judgment. That opened the door to possible seizure of district attorney's office assets to meet the debt, and led to renewed calls for Jordan's ouster.

Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday reiterated that the city would not pay the judgment, saying it could not afford it and that it would set a bad precedent.

Jordan also has been among city officials criticized for the city's growing violent crime problem. New Orleans has had 178 murders so far this year, compared to 162 in all of last year, and a backlog of criminal cases moving slowly through the courts.

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He has not had much success in putting the bad guys in jail or defending his actions as DA. That suggest his legal skills are not those called for at the job of the DA. It also suggest his judgment on whom his assistance should be is questionable.

He is among a group of Louisiana politicians who have decided to leave office after the election of Bobby Jindal. All are good signs for Louisiana.

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