Criminal Advocate Jason Williams bagged another high-dollar accused criminal. Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper is accused of perpetrating a multi-state spree of sexual assaults on up to 20 women from Miami to New Orleans to California.
But Williams’ firm isn’t just defending Sharper, who is accused of drugging 11 women and raping 9 others.
Via the New Orleans Times Picayune, July 26, 2003
“4 snared in big bust out of jail within days Bond shopping works for some of 7 arrested in N.O. drug sting" by Michael Perlstein
When New Orleans police stumbled across a major 9th Ward drug den masquerading as a barber shop, they set off a mad scramble by the seven men caught inside. The momentary chaos, however, was nothing compared to the scramble that began hours later when the men started making arrangements to get out of jail on bond.
Within days of the July 16 arrests, four of the men were back on the street, three after criminal court judges stepped in and overrode the magistrate bail-setting process, court records show.
The flurry of activity was hardly surprising in a courthouse where “bond shopping,” a practice that lets defendants lobby any judge for bail modifications, has thrived since a law prohibiting the practice was struck down three years ago. This time, it came after the Police Department s biggest drug bust of the year, a case that netted a kilogram of uncut cocaine, 30 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $17,000. The drugs, sitting on a table in a shed that housed Flavor Barber Shop, have a street value of more than $86,000, police said.
Two were released Monday after their bail was reduced by Judge Jason Williams, a temporary judge who took the bench June 23.
“N.O. man sentenced to life in prison Ex-girlfriend doused with gas, set on fire" by Gwen Filosa From the New Orleans Times Picayune March 20, 2004 | Section: METRO
A New Orleans man who tried to kill his ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and clicking a plastic lighter will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Friday.
Charles Butler, 38, was convicted of attempted manslaughter last May for attacking Thelma Batieste in the eastern New Orleans home on Curran Boulevard they once shared.
Judge Frank Marullo had previously given Butler 20 years for the crime, the limit for attempted manslaughter. But the district attorney s office sought to have Butler, whose criminal record includes convictions for forgery and writing worthless checks, declared a multiple offender. Marullo agreed, handing out the maximum sentence available: life without the possibility of parole.
"It is commensurate with the horrible crime that was committed," District Attorney Eddie Jordan said of the sentence.