Justice can wait part deux: Local Magistrate releases inmate because he had tickets to the NFC Championship

From the you can’t make this stuff up file I ran across a story in today’s Times Picayune that highlighted Jefferson Parish Magistrate Carol Kiff releasing an inmate so he could attend the NFC Championship game. Does anyone else wonder how the perpetrator could afford Saints tickets but not his court costs and probation fees? Paul Purpura has the story for the Times Picayune:

A 24th Judicial District Court magistrate released a Metairie man from jail for two days last month so he could attend the Jan. 24 NFC championship game.

But James Buisson, 31, who was jailed on a probation violation, returned two days late to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

The order from Magistrate Commissioner Carol Kiff freeing Buisson caught correctional officers by surprise, leading them to double check with the magistrate to ensure it was accurate, Sheriff Newell Normand said.

“Release from 1-23-10 at noon until 1-25-10 at noon so he can go to the Saints-Vikings game – He has tickets,” Kiff wrote in the Jan. 19 order.

Normand said he learned of Kiff’s directive when Buisson failed to return to jail on time.

“That’s the first time that I’m aware of that we let somebody out to see a Saints game,” Normand said Monday.

Kiff declined comment Monday. Chief Judge Robert Murphy called the action “inappropriate” because she amended Buisson’s sentence on her own without giving prosecutors a hearing in which to object.

“The district attorney had no opportunity to do that, and the commissioner was in error,” Murphy said.

Nowdy who wudda thunk Saints tickets doubled as get out of jail free cards?


2 thoughts on “Justice can wait part deux: Local Magistrate releases inmate because he had tickets to the NFC Championship”

  1. I suppose an argument could be made that his confinement during the game would have been “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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