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Indictment of Tam Thanh Ta

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

tam-thanh-bw-pic774044A Grand Jury held in Plaquemines Parish on September 2, 2016 when District Attorney Charles Ballay reports the indictment of Tam Thanh Ta. Download details in the linked press release PDF below.

PDF – Grand Jury Tam Thanh Ta


American Legion Post #329 Easter Baskets

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Pictured from left to right: American Legion Post #329-Treasurer/Plaquemines Parish Director of Administration, Ed Theriot, District Attorney Charles J. Ballay, Rae Riley & American Legion Post #329 – Commander, Rudy Sampey

Pictured from left to right: American Legion Post #329-Treasurer/Plaquemines Parish Director of Administration, Ed Theriot, District Attorney Charles J. Ballay, Rae Riley & American Legion Post #329 – Commander, Rudy Sampey

American Legion Post #329 under the leadership of Commander Rudy Sampey and District Attorney Charles Ballay partnered to donate and deliver Easter Baskets to 43 children in our parish. Baskets were delivered to the homes of each child on Holy Thursday.

Senior Day 2016 Flyer

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Senior Citizens Day is Wednesday April 13, 2016.
Click Here to download the flyer – Senior Day 2016

Grand Jury Proceeding – February 18, 2016 – Constanza

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Grand Jury Proceedings in Plaquemines Parish, La. Constanza.
Click here to download the PDF for – Grand Jury Proceeding – 2-18-2016 – Constanza

Press Release February 5, 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

News Release 2-5-2016 Ho, Lau

February 5, 2016 Press Release

News Release January 20, 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

News Release – 1-20-2016 Juveniles

Press release from January 20, 2016


Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Students from Boothville-Venice Elementary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Phoenix Elementary School, and South Plaquemines Elementary, learned about the judicial system by staging a mock trial involving a fictitious character, Johnny Smith, and his crime of Bringing Drugs On School Grounds.

The trials placed students in the shoes of the defendant, defense attorneys, prosecutor, witnesses, victim, bailiff, court reporter and jurors. Presiding over the mock trials were: 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Joy Lobrano, Retired 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Michael Kirby and 25th Judicial District Court Judge Kevin Conner. The program was started in the year 2000 and continued by District Attorney Charles Ballay.

The goal of the program, Project L. E. A. D., is designed to help students recognize and analyze potential consequences of the difficult decisions students face during adolescence and beyond. By focusing on peer pressure, responsibility, self-respect, self-control and self-esteem, Project L. E. A. D. gives students the tools necessary to avoid many of the pitfalls and traps that often lead to delinquent conduct and criminal activity.

The L. E. A. D. (Legal Enrichment And Decision – making) curriculum includes fact patterns in which the characters approach various moral and legal crossroads. These are designed to illustrate how easy it can sometimes be to step over the line without even being aware of it. These fact patterns provide an interesting basis for class discussion. Students read aloud the parts in these scenarios, thus preparing for the mock trial which is the culmination of the L. E. A. D. lessons.

Project L.E.A.D. is taught to every 6th grader in our parish by one of the five assistant district attorneys in the D. A.’s Office: 1st Assistant Robert White, Joseph Roberts, Jerry Lobrano, Mary Touzet, and Ned McGowan. Belle Chasse Middle School is taught in the Fall semester while Phoenix, Boothville, South Plaquemines, and OLPH are taught in the Spring. Topics included The Juvenile Justice System, Respecting Others, Drinking and Driving, Animal Cruelty, Dating Violence, BULLYING, Four Wheeling, Truancy, and Deterring Peer Pressure.

Project LEAD is supported with funds obtained through the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s discretionary funds.

SB 250 – Protecting the Public While Protecting Privacy

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

This is posted from the Louisiana District Attorney Association.

Click Here to download the PDF

Click Here to download the PDF

OFFICIAL RELEASE – Grand Jury Proceedings Plaquemines Parish

Monday, June 1st, 2015

A Grand Jury session was convened in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 and District Attorney Charles Ballay reports that indictments were returned against Calendria Rochell Houston, 26 year old female, and her husband, Xavier Montrex Houston, a 26 year old male, a Seaman in the Navy Reserve, who have been living on the naval air station in Belle
Chasse. Read the Full Release at the link below.


NOTICE – New Office Location

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office at 301 A Main Street, Belle Chasse has moved to 102 Avenue G, Belle Chasse (old Engineers and Permit building). However our Juvenile office will remain on second floor of Annex Building. Should you have any questions please call our office at 504-297-5146.