Hats off! to Councilmen James Gray and LaToya Cantrell of the New Orleans City Council, who sponsored a resolution demanding accountability and transparency from Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office when detaining suspected illegal immigrants in jail longer than necessary. The resolution passed 6-0 and, per Richard Rainey of The Times-Picayune: "...demanded he [Gusman] stop keeping immigrants or suspected immigrants in jail just because federal immigration officials suspect they might be in the country illegally."
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Please take a few minutes this morning to read John Pope's article in the Times-Picayune about the passing of Mrs. Marie Louie Pierce Jones, a pioneer of education and an advocate for racial justice in New Orleans.Mrs. Jones died last week at the age of 95. She retired in 1986 after a teaching career that lasted half a century. Per the article:"She did more than preside over a classroom or school. Because Mrs. Jones was drawn to children with special needs, she earned a master's degree in special education at Wayne State University [in] 1949 and established the first special-education classes for visually impaired and mentally challenged black children at a time when New Orleans' public schools were segregated.And in the early 1940s, Mrs. Jones was a plaintiff in a suit that successfully challenged the system that paid white teachers more than their black counterparts."To devote one's life to educating children is a heroic accomplishment in and of itself; but to fight for equality and justice for people of all colors and types is something we should all hold in the highest esteem. Don't neglect when Mrs. Jones was fighting for racial justice-the 1940s, decades before Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the Civil Rights Movement to national attention.It is for that reason that Mrs. Marie Jones is a shining beacon for teachers everywhere, and somebody to whom educators should look and take pride in their profession.
A case that started in Missouri has made it all the way to the US Supreme Court, and their decision on the case will have longterm, potentially devastating consequences for all of us. The case involves the Constitutionality of a police officer forcibly administering a blood test to a driver the officer suspects of being intoxicated without first obtaining a court-issued warrant.
This week, the Law Office of John Redmann was honored to have received Avvo.com's Clients' Choice Award for Personal Injury. What this means is that our office received five or more four- or five-star reviews on the online legal directory Avvo.com.
This week on our legal talk show, John Redmann: Power of Attorney, we discussed the growing number of concussions in football. This is a serious issue that affects all of us, whether we're fans of the NFL, college, or high school football, or whether we have sons who are playing or who may want to play football. The science behind how concussions are linked to long-term brain trauma has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade. The brain is a delicate organ, and collisions with the head cause the brain to crash into the skull that encases it. This is dangerous and can have devastating long-term consequences if it's done repeatedly. In the worst cases, repeated blows to the head over a long period of time can lead to CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a disease of the brain leading to horrific symptoms like dementia, depression, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, migraines, suicidal thoughts, and other serious ailments. For a long time, concussions were treated as minor injuries. Phrases like, "getting your bell rung" serve to dampen how serious the injury is. Traditionally, a concussion suffered during a football game wasn't even seen as a sufficient reason to leave the game. The tough, team-first mentality of sports influences how athletes think of their bodies, often causing them to want to "play through the pain." However, as we learn more and more about the dangers of brain trauma, our mindset for this type of injury must change. Currently, more than 3,000 former NFL players have filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, alleging that the league covered up and debunked scientific arguments that concussions could lead to CTE. Only in the past few years has the NFL taken a serious step toward preventing concussions; if you watch NFL games on Sundays, you've undoubtedly noticed league-produced PSAs that explain the steps the league is taking to make the game safer:
Not a week goes by that we do not hear a story about a computer hacking, a stolen identity, or any number of other cybercrimes. Cybercrimes are a relatively new brand of crime, and they are scary because the criminals always seem to be a few steps ahead of law enforcement, as technology constantly changes and evolves.
I appeared on WVUE-Fox 8 News in New Orleans last night to discuss the dangers of distracted driving. We've discussed distracted driving on this blog before, so you know that I feel it's one of the key issues facing drivers today. Distracted driving has been proven to be as dangerous (if not more so) than impaired or drunk driving.
A Senate bipartisan report has scrutinized the Department of Homeland Security's National Network of Fusion Centers. DHS established fusion centers in order to share information across local, state, and federal levels regarding criminal and terrorist activity. The report cites several problems with fusion centers, including their incompetency to produce any specific data on terrorists, the infringement of civil liberties, the infringement of First Amendment rights, and the inability of both the federal and state governments to account for money spent on fusion centers. The federal government estimates, for example, that it allocated anywhere from less than $300 million to $1.4 billion. The report strongly encourages Congress to decrease the amount of money allocated to fusion centers. In its defense, DHS retorts that the report is inaccurate and misleading. Furthermore, DHS purports that the report completely ignores the benefits received by participating officials from the federal government. Despite this report, it seems that Congress will continue its support for this program without sufficient oversight for the quality of reports coming out of the centers or for the amount of money allocated.
Obviously, hurricanes are never easy to go through, but we're lucky to live in a time where information and technology is abundantly available, and many of us don't even realize it's out there.
Many believe that poor academic performance among children is predominantly correlated with the level of involvement from parents. Sometimes, however, parents who exercise a low level of involvement do so through no fault of their own; there are instances when parents want to participate, but cannot, as is the case in some Jefferson Parish public schools, as reported by The Times-Picayune.