Thursday, March 31, 2005

Black district attorney found guilty of discriminating against white employees

A federal jury has ruled that Eddie Jordan, New Orleans' first black district attorney, discriminated against 43 white employees when he fired them after he took office in 2003.

The jury also awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and damages, but no punitive damages -- a break for Jordan.

The jury found Jordan liable in his capacity as a public official, but not personally liable. A finding of personal liability could have forced Jordan to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money.

The 10-person jury -- eight whites and two blacks -- returned the unanimous verdict in the third day of deliberations after a three-week trial.

Definitely a good day for the U.S. justice system.


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