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November 9 update

Date: Fri, Nov. 09, 2007

November 9, 2007

Hi, everyone—

With the Criminal Court Judge run-off election looming, SilenceIsViolence has invited both candidates, Laurie White and Juana Marine Lombard, to participate in a forum for discussion and Q&A from citizens next Wednesday, November 14. The election will take place next Saturday, November 17. This race is extremely important to all of us who are concerned about violent crime in New Orleans and the capacity of our criminal justice system to address the problem. Below is an excerpt from the press release for this event; we hope many of you will join us next Wednesday evening.

SilenceIsViolence

announces

a forum for candidates in the run-off for Judge of Criminal Court - District A

moderated by Jim Brown Wednesday, November 14, 2007

6:30pm

Sound Cafe: 2700 Chartres St. at Port St.

Anti-violence organization SilenceIsViolence has invited attorneys Laurie White and Juana Marine Lombard, the candidates in the run-off election for Orleans Parish Judge of Criminal Court, to participate in an open discussion and Q&A forum moderated by Jim Brown, former State Senator and Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance and current 99.5FM radio host.

Rising crime, and the resignation of DA Eddie Jordan, have made criminal justice a focal point in New Orleans. The Criminal Court Judge race is a critical one for the future of our city.

Topics to be discussed include:

• How judges can work to inspire public confidence in our local criminal justice system.

• What judges can do to focus quickly on bringing to trial the most violent offenders.

• What judges can do to implement and direct court reform in New Orleans.

• How citizen participation in our judicial system can move our system to accountability, modernization and efficiency.

We invite anyone interested in the health and workings of the Orleans Parish criminal justice system to join us for this important forum., and to take this opportunity to assess the candidates for Criminal Court Judge, a position with significant implications for the safety of New Orleanians.

www.silenceisviolence.org