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12-07-2005, 05:36 AM
Judge orders many inmates be released without bail
Dozens never charged but held for months
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
By Laura Maggi
Capital bureau
BATON ROUGE -- Dozens of people arrested before Hurricane Katrina but never charged will be released without bail after months of imprisonment, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Calvin Johnson ordered Tuesday.

The several-hour hearing in Baton Rouge's district courthouse was one of several Johnson has been holding to determine the fate of pre-trial inmates who were evacuated from Orleans Parish Prison in the days after the storm. Defense attorneys estimated that as many as 100 of the 120 inmate cases heard Tuesday resulted in an order that they be released on their own reconnaissance.

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12-09-2005, 04:03 PM
good for them