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Jury Says New Orleans DA Guilty of Bias (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 01:47 AM
Eddie Jordan, the first black DA in the history of New Orleans, was found guilty of racial discrimination when he fired whites for the sole purpose of replacing them with blacks. The jury composed of eight whites and two blacks voted unanimously. The forty three plaintiffs were awarded 1.8 million dollars in back pay and damages.
Days after taking office in 2003, New Orleans' first black district attorney fired 53 white employees and replaced them with blacks.

Eddie Jordan denied he fired the employees just because they are white, but a federal jury determined he discriminated against 43 of the workers who sued him and awarded them about $1.8 million in back pay and damages on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval could order that the fired white workers be reinstated, but lawyers consider this unlikely. Such mandates are rare, as they require continuing court supervision.

The jury — made up of eight whites and two blacks — returned its unanimous verdict in the third day of deliberations.

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I spent twenty-two years living in New Orleans and I can tell you it is not a safe place for whites, at any level. Whites are routinely singled out by criminals, as in the case of the robbers who boarded a bus and robbed only the whites or when groups of blacks would rampage through the Central Business District during the lunch hour on The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Day assaulting hapless whites on their lunch breaks. Job discrimination against whites is nothing new in New Orleans, it's just took more than twenty years for the chickens to come home to roost. This ruling probably won't change much in the private sector, but it will put local government on the stick.

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