Retired Judge, Former Cop Announces Bid For Orleans Parish DA

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A former New Orleans police officer and retired judge is running for Orleans Parish District Attorney.

Arthur Hunter announced yesterday that he will join Jason Williams as the two declared candidates in a race to unseat District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro after two six-year terms.

In a video posted to social media on Tuesday, Hunter pledged not to prosecute "minor possession of marijuana" cases and to launch a "conviction integrity unit" to root out bad prosecutions from the past, citing the city's high rate of documented wrongful convictions.

Hunter also said he would launch a special unit focused on violent offenders and drug gangs.

The announcement follows reports that his former colleague, District Judge Keva Landrum, is also eyeing a run and plans to step down before next week's qualifying period.

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