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Public defender pleads no contest to drug charge

There are 70 comments on the The Daily Advertiser story from Mar 9, 2012, titled Public defender pleads no contest to drug charge. In it, The Daily Advertiser reports that:

The East Baton Rouge Parish public defender arrested for attempting to enter the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola with a small amount of marijuana in his jacket has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.

The Advocate reports Nelvil Hollingsworth, 62, of Zachary, was booked Feb. 25 with introduction of contraband into a penal institution, a felony, but District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla reduced the charge to simple possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

"I apologize, and there are no excuses," Hollingsworth said after his court appearance.

Hollingsworth is the head of the homicide division of the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defenders' Office and has worked on the teams that represented both of Baton Rouge's recent accused serial killers, Derrick Todd Lee and Jeffery Lee Guillory, and currently is representing Richard Matthews, a man accused of killing two women at Grady Crawford Construction Co. in 2009.

Greg Rome, Hollingsworth's attorney at Thursday's hearing, said Hollingsworth is "extremely embarrassed and extremely sorry and remorseful."

Jim Boren said Hollingsworth told the ODC he had purchased the marijuana but forgot that it was in his jacket pocket.

State District Judge William G. Carmichael deferred Hollingsworth's sentencing for a year on the conditions that he pay a $400 fine, pay $100 to the sheriff's narcotics fund, perform four days of public service, be evaluated for substance abuse and submit to random drug screens.

Hollingsworth is one of two lawyers representing Barry Edge, one of the five Angola inmates accused in the 1999 slaying of Capt. David C. Knapps during a botched escape attempt from the West Feliciana Parish prison.

Hollingsworth was scheduled to confer with Edge when an Angola security officer found 5.2 grams, or 0.18 of an ounce, of marijuana in the lining of his jacket, authorities said.

Jerome M. Winsberg, the judge presiding in the Angola 5 cases, decided Feb. 28 that Edge's first-degree murder trial will go forward in April as planned, with Hollingsworth remaining as the lead defense attorney.

After a hearing Wednesday, a 19th Judicial District assistant district attorney and a public defender said Hollingsworth also is scheduled to continue representing Matthews, 54, of Slaughter, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killing of two construction company clerical workers in 2009.

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Sandy

United States

#21 Mar 22, 2012
DA Justice wrote:
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My post is related to the fact that the attorney public defender went into a penal institution with illegal contraband and did not spend any time in jail as our young sign takers. He had marijuana sewn into his coat. He bought illegal drugs from a drug dealer and the attempted to bring them into the prison. How could it be that it was the considered that he had it sewn in and he was using it for his own personal use.
The under 18 year olds children from this parish were told by their parents to go to Sheriff Austin and tell him they took the signs and return them. For their honesty, they were put in prison clothing, photographed and placed on the front page of the paper. They also spent the night in jail and were not allowed to be bailed out until the morning. Even though they did not take all the signs that were missing from the entire parish, they were charged with this crime. The costs of the signs were acttually about $15 each. This amount was overly elevated to $100 per sign. The charge for them is over $5,000.00
So your posts suggest that these hardened criminal children who took a few road signs should receive a stiffer penalty and fine than a criminal defender with a college doctorate who is being paid by the State to defend other hardened criminals who took in contraband into the prison possibly for his clients??? I see you logic..NOT


Please pay no attention to "??????????" He is one of those jerks who believes that what he has to say ON EVERY TOPIC ON THIS SITE is of interest to all of us. He couldn't be further from the truth. We recognize him, and others like him, for what he is, a know it all jerk who thinks he knows it all, as though we give a damn about his dumb ass posts.

But he is funny and we enjoy laughing at his stupidity.
Sandy

United States

#22 Mar 22, 2012
[QUOTE who="????"]I often say after making a statement that "I may be wrong, it has happened before and I'm sure it is bound to happen again" :)[/QUOTE]

Does it ever end? ANTHER post by the jerk.
????

Birmingham, AL

#23 Mar 22, 2012
Stiffer punishment....not at all...but I don't think what you described here was too stiff.

As far as our public defender goes, his punishment is a lot stiffer then our young trouble makers. He has been plastered in the news across the state...not a page on out local paper...an where the youngsters will leave this town with a life lesson and go on to be valued citizens...his professional career, one that he devoted a lot of time and money to practice in, will be gone within the next year or so. He also got a year probation and fines.

What did the little ones get again?
????

Birmingham, AL

#24 Mar 22, 2012
Wow Sandy....you seem to really dislike me...a Internet figure that you have never meet. Maybe you should take a break from the Internet sweetie...you seem to be taking this place a tad bit seriously.
Sandy

United States

#25 Mar 22, 2012
[QUOTE who="????"]Wow Sandy....you seem to really dislike me...a Internet figure that you have never meet. Maybe you should take a break from the Internet sweetie...you seem to be taking this place a tad bit seriously.[/QUOTE]

And yet ANOTHER post by the jerk.
I believe you to be right

United States

#26 Mar 22, 2012
Magnum PI wrote:
It seems ????'s manner/frequency of posting (eg. typos, Louisville, KY(mobile phone ip) AND Baton Rouge (home/office ip), narcissistic urge to voice his opinion on the majority of topics on this forum, not just those pertaining to him, etc.)bears an eerie resemblance to that of SOB. Anyone else notice the pattern here?


Hardly a question about it. If ???? isn't SOB then he must simply be a SOB.

Keep on his azz, Sandy. Then maybe, and hopefully, he'll go away.
????

Birmingham, AL

#27 Mar 22, 2012
LOL....yeah....that's right....being pestered by a faceless Internet persona is going to keep me from wasting some time and posting on here.
DA Justice

Boca Raton, FL

#28 Mar 22, 2012
[QUOTE who="????"]Stiffer punishment....not at all...but I don't think what you described here was too stiff.
As far as our public defender goes, his punishment is a lot stiffer then our young trouble makers. He has been plastered in the news across the state...not a page on out local paper...an where the youngsters will leave this town with a life lesson and go on to be valued citizens...his professional career, one that he devoted a lot of time and money to practice in, will be gone within the next year or so. He also got a year probation and fines.
What did the little ones get again?[/QUOTE]

The public defender's crime was reduced to a misdemeanor with a $400 fine and $100 contribution to the Narcotics Fund with 4 days of community service. Yeah, right... Much stiffer than the $6,000 fine our young trouble makers got. His professional career continues on just the same..
The young trouble makers faces were plastered in the newspapers all the way to Atlanta because it was so ridiculous that they were suited up in prisoner strips and spent the night in jail for taking a few street signs. I didn't see the public defender in prison strips. he admitted to buying illegal drugs. Did Sheriff Austin arrest him and take him to jail???
????

Lafayette, LA

#29 Mar 23, 2012
Yes he did...he has to arrest him and process him just like the kids.

His career continues as is for now, after the board rules on the issue I'm sure he will be disbarred.

Atlanta huh.....do you have one link to a newspaper article to support that claim...or is this something you "heard" about?
????

Lafayette, LA

#30 Mar 23, 2012
Oh...and what paper locally placed mug shots of the offenders?

I get the democrat and they just had a article with their names in it....

I'm calling bullsh*t on that statement, half the kids names weren't even released.
????

Lafayette, LA

#31 Mar 23, 2012
One more thing.....the offenders better be glad they didn't do this before Ware and Carmicheal. I remember kids having to stand out on the street comer with a mailbox hanging hanging on their necks as punishment for knocking them with a baseball bat.
????

Denham Springs, LA

#32 Mar 23, 2012
One more thing....that $6,000 fine was not an individual fine...it is to be divided up. So what does that work put to? About $300-$500 a kid?
SOB

Magee, MS

#33 Mar 23, 2012
FYI
I'm not the question mark guy.
SOB

Lafayette, LA

#34 Mar 23, 2012
Don't let him lie....we are one in the same
SOB

Magee, MS

#35 Mar 23, 2012
SOB wrote:
Don't let him lie....we are one in the same
Umm get off my handle you douche nozzle.
SOB

Magee, MS

#36 Mar 23, 2012
Just messing with ya man
SOB

Magee, MS

#37 Mar 23, 2012
SOB wrote:
Just messing with ya man
I think they would start crying if they had two SOB's.
SOB

Magee, MS

#38 Mar 23, 2012
Your probably right....
Highly educated SOB

United States

#39 Mar 23, 2012
"Your probably right....."

I believe "you're probably dumb." Flunked your GED again?
SOB1

Baton Rouge, LA

#40 Mar 23, 2012
Highly educated SOB wrote:
"Your probably right....."

I believe "you're probably dumb." Flunked your GED again?
I think he means prolly

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