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Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Calvin Johnson retires

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After 17 years on the bench at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Judge Calvin Johnson retired. The 61 year old Johnson says he wants to “do more” in the legal field, including teaching abroad this summer and practicing law in New Orleans.

Johnson was born in Plaquemines, the son of a lumber mill foreman and a housekeeper, and as a teenager was active in the civil rights movement, and was convicted in juvenile court for having taken part in one demonstration.

“I want a pardon,” Johnson said during a recent interview, with a laugh.

Johnson was first elected to the criminal district court in 1990, becoming the first African-American elected to a Louisiana state court without having been first appointed.



Written by Symphony

January 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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