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Advocates: State judge violating US court judgment on bail

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state judge in New Orleans has repeatedly violated a federal court judgment when setting bail for low-income and unemployed defendants, civil rights attorneys said in a federal court filing Friday.

Their motion, added to a 2017 federal lawsuit, seeks a federal court order requiring Louisiana’s criminal district court in New Orleans, overseen by Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell, to make a “meaningful inquiry” into whether defendants are able to pay.

The attorneys also want the court to order Cantrell to consider alternatives to bail and to make sure

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