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Murder in New Orleans: Telly Hankton’s town, The economist, 5 November, 2011 Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans has called the situation involving murderer Telly Hankton and other members of the Hankton family “the symbol of everything that doesn’t work” in the justice system. Multiple witnesses have been murdered and false testimony has been given in court. Telly Hankton was finally found guilty of his first murder. After the verdict, someone drove a pickup truck into the DA’s office and sped off. This whole situation is more absurd than an episode of CSI. So, how do you convey that retaliatory murder will not go unpunished? Either this is just one bad case of a criminal family, or as Landrieu and other New Orleanian politicians suggest,
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Unformatted text preview: the criminal legal system is somehow insufficient. The article suggests that one of the killings has gone unresolved. That or it just failed to mention it. These murders were not the work of criminal empires, and weren’t especially planned out. I don’t see how tracking the murderer would prove so difficult. The same goes double for the truck that drove through the glass doorway into the DA’s office. The first trial for Hankton failed when the witness admitted she lied due to being terrified. In the retrial, the alibi witnesses failed to show up after learning they would face up to 40 years in prison for false testimony. This was a big success for the legal system...
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