What a day.
Inside of Orleans Parish magistrate court Monday evening, the criminal defendants were lining up to be seated. The city attorney, Jason Cantrell, chatted up the latest news with a couple of officers.
And that’s when Cantrell’s life as a city attorney ended.
At some point Jason Cantrell reached in his pocket, and out flew a marijuana joint.
Sources painted a comical picture of the incident, saying a pair of NOPD officers glanced at the joint on the ground, then at each other before making arguably the easiest collar in the annals of policework.
Officers were seen chuckling as their colleagues led Cantrell out of the courtroom about 4:15 p.m. to write him up.
Cantrell could not be reached afterward. He has practiced civil and criminal law in New Orleans for 17 years, including six as a public defender in Juvenile Court.
His wife, LaToya Cantrell, is a candidate for the District B seat on the City Council.
The City Council in late 2010 made pot possession a municipal offense, allowing police to issue a summons rather than arrest and book an offender on state charges.
The City Attorney’s Office, which normally prosecutes municipal cases, has recused itself in Cantrell’s new pot case, Berni said.
This has impacted his wife’s career also.
I’m quite sure there are some ‘silent nights’ in that New Orleans house.