Louisiana governor signs bill allowing phone-in bail bond orders
for suspects' release
from The Times-Picayune
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation granting Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judges the power to set their own rules for phoning in bond orders and inmate releases. The 12 district judges, along with Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen and Criminal Court Clerk Arthur Morrell, pressed Jindal to back the legislation, House Bill 581, over the objections of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
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