Just Talkin’ for May 12, 2022

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JT noticed big black tarps last Saturday that shielded the view of the Riverbank Stage from Front Street. It was just that west side of Front Street.
Front Street was actually blocked off at both ends…on the west side of the Church Street Bridge for the Farmer’s Market and on the East Side for the Zydeco music.
Not sure why the section from Church Street to the Hall of Fame required blocking off all day.
The black screening to obstruct the view of the stage area from Front Street was a first. JT can only conclude you had to pay to see the musicians even though you could listen to the music while walking the sidewalk of Front Street. Perhaps there were activities going on near the stage that didn’t need to be seen by everyone?
Not sure it did much to push ticket sales…but it did two things. It raised curiosity and it sure looked gaudy.
Obviously it’s not something that went before the Historic District Commission. It’s also not at all something Natchitoches wants to be defined by.
JT hopes it was an experiment or a one-time thing…he just doesn’t care to see those obstructions return.
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Speaking of music….
Jazz Fest is returning next weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.
It’s the 25th anniversary and from all indications they are pulling out all the stops to make this milestone memorable.
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Remember when we approved a constitutional amendment that would require a unanimous jury vote in murder cases?
Our law had allowed for a non-unanimous jury for conviction was ruled unconstitutional. The result was that around 1,500 inmates behind bars now have a shot to be set free and the establishment of another governmental agency.
Now lets move forward to the current legislative session where there’ a bill that would require a panel to be established to decide if those 1,500 inmates should be eligible for a parole hearing. The panel would be made up of a gubernatorial appointee, three retired appellate or Supreme Court Justices, a retired district attorney and a retired public defender.
And their decision has to be unanimous.
What’s got some people up in arms is all of this was worked out without any input from advocate groups for those convicted. It just seems odd that these groups are the ones that are righting the wrongs of those unjustly incarcerated but yet our state lawmakers and criminal justice system don’t want them a part of the solution.
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The litigation has begun….and who knows when it will end.
JT’s talking about the court battles over the veto-override of Louisiana’s Congressional map. Based on the population of the state, opponents wanted a second black majority congressional district, but the Legislature approved maps that pretty much kept the current Congressmen and Congresswoman in office.
This is just the first step in a series of legal appeals regardless of how the court rules.
We are supposed to use these maps for the Nov. 8 elections, which means qualifying would be July 20 – 22. However, many are doubtful the legal maneuvers will be over by then.
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