DA Hillar Moore files injunction to halt clemency hearings for death row inmates
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore is doing everything he can to halt Governor John Bel Edward’s efforts to move forward with clemency hearings for
By WAFB Staff
Published: Sep. 12, 2023 at 10:28 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 6:06 PM CDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore is doing everything he can to halt Governor John Bel Edward’s efforts to move forward with clemency hearings for death row inmates.
On Tuesday, September 12, district attorneys from across the state, along with family members of victims who died at the hands of death row inmates, delivered an injunction to a judge that aims to prevent the clemency hearings from happening. Moore filed the injunction.
Each person in opposition hopes the injunction will stop the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole from setting the hearings. Among them was Wayne Guzzardo and his wife Carol, who both have spoken out against repealing the death penalty in the state legislature.
“I just don’t know where he’s coming from. He seems more for the crooks and the thugs than he is for the victims,” said Wayne in reference to the governor.
“The torment that it brought to my life and the darkness is indescribable,” Carol said.
Moore’s filing impacts the cases dealing with inmates from Baton Rouge. However, the director of the District Attorney’s Association said there will be additional filings in all of the death row clemency cases.
“We are obviously supporting the efforts of the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office in these two cases, and we will monitor the process. We have DA’s from all over the state here today who have cases that are coming up in the next week or so,” Loren Lampert, the director of the District Attorney’s Association.
An attorney with the Louisiana Capital Appeals Project put out a statement, saying in part, “This lawsuit is just another baseless attempt to block the pardon board and Governor Edwards from taking a close look at Louisiana’s broken death penalty system. Mr. Moore is well aware that these cases involve serious problems, including innocence, intellectual disability, serious mental illness, racism, youth, and egregious prosecutorial misconduct.”
The case has been assigned to Judge Don Johnson, and according to the district attorney, by law, the court has two to 10 days to set the matter before a hearing.
Watch the complete press conference held by Moore and others below:
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said he filed an injunction Tuesday, September 12, to halt clemency hearings for inmates on death row.
Moore released the below statement about the injunction filing: