NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Questions pop up after Jason Williams was sworn in as Orleans’ Parish District Attorney, Monday. A popular artist performing at the ceremony could be a possible conflict of interest for the new DA.
A Jazz Fest staple, New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews performed while out on bond, facing three open criminal court cases.
Behind a soulful and inspiring performance, Andrews has trial dates ahead of him as early as January 25th.
The popular trombonist played before and after the newly sworn in Orleans Parish DA Jason Williams spoke about getting to the systemic roots of crime.
”If you commit a serious crime to Orleans Parish you will face consequences, but in order to have the energy and resources to focus on these most heinous and harmful crimes, we will no longer clog up court dockets with cases that arise out of addiction and mental illness and homelessness,” Williams said.
Williams also took time to address the issues that correlate, like domestic violence.
”Violence is in our streets because we have for too many decades ignored interpersonal violence in our homes,” Williams said.
DA Office Spokesman, Ken Daley says Williams wasn’t aware Andrews is charged with domestic abuse and child endangerment on top of armed robbery and a more recent possession of meth charge.
”This is his first day. Let’s assume he didn’t know this,” Fox 8 Legal Analyst Joe Raspanti said. “It’s not in the best interest for that office to handle it anymore and I’m going to assume that maybe they’re going to recuse themselves and let the Attorney General handle this case but ultimately, it’s going to be the first or one of the many tough decisions that are going to have to be made going forward.”
It’s unclear whether or not Williams will recuse his office. The statement from the DA’s Office only says, “Andrews’ cases will be handled by the office in the appropriate manner, according to the law and office policies.”
Below is the full statement:
“The District Attorney was not aware of any open cases against Mr. Andrews prior to media inquiries today. A lawyer formerly associated with Mr. Williams’ firm has represented Mr. Andrews in legal matters. However, Mr. Williams did not represent Mr. Andrews on these cases, nor any other cases in the past.
As a friend, Mr. Williams has been a constant supporter and fan of Mr. Andrews’ immense musical talent. In addition, Mr. Williams has encouraged and supported Mr. Andrews’ efforts to overcome addiction. The cases involving Mr. Andrews will be handled by the office in the appropriate manner, according to the law and office policies.
In accordance with the Louisiana Constitution and this new post as District Attorney, Mr. Williams has ceased practicing in the area of criminal defense law. Furthermore, no lawyers associated with Mr. Williams’ law firm are permitted to practice in the area of criminal law.”
We spoke to Andrews’ lawyer Monday, but he did not have a comment.
Besides the pending cases in court, Andrews has been convicted in the past of three separate misdemeanors and a felony.
Williams’ office says the DA’s transition group booked Andrews.
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