Public defender pleads no contest to drug charge

Mar 9, 2012 Full story: The Daily Advertiser 70

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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Since: Feb 12

United States

#61 Mar 27, 2012
"Threw" not "three" .... Sorry for not proof reading. As I was just saying earlier, mistakes happen ;)
Zachary

United States

#62 Mar 28, 2012
OK, This has went far enough, everybody calm down, and quit name calling. Roll a joint, take a few puffs and say to yourself, Its going to be OK, Its going to be OK. Just a Yoke son, Just a Yoke, the eggs on you. Everybody have a good day and lighten up.
SOB1

United States

#63 Mar 28, 2012
Bud Lee wrote:
"Threw" not "three" .... Sorry for not proof reading. As I was just saying earlier, mistakes happen ;)
Watch out dude, it's the Topix typo police. They have no life!!!!:)
katherinc

Baker, LA

#64 May 4, 2012
Crime pays wrote:
He had half an ounce or was he just charged with half an ounce? Just curious. Seems odd that he would be allowed to continue to represent inmates inside a prison that he attempted to introduce contraband into. Forgetting that you've sewn drugs into the lining of your jacket is a little hard to believe.
I was convicted of felony theft that I did not commit and did show proof that there was no crime on my part and Pelican State credit union admitted they made the mistake in not stopping pay on the check, etc I was still convicted by this same D A. I had no criminal record. My son was convcited 4-24-2012 by the same D A becasue when he was 17 working at his school during the summer 2 senior citizen educator said she saw his private part no camera no witnesses although I asked to see cameras each time. My son had no criminal record and never did anything remotely close as what this. He was convicted on their word alone and netiher one was together when they supposingly saw him. See corruption in East feliciana parish on google, and maryloves justice. This is a corrupt D A/
Sigh

United States

#65 May 4, 2012
I'm curious, were these jury trails?
Angola is corrupt

United States

#66 May 18, 2012
It would not surprise me one bit if this whole thing was planned and hollingsworth was not "supposed" to get caught. I applaud the officer who caught him trying to smuggle the drugs in. It should not have been tolerated. And he got a small fine and probation, boosie gets 8 years. Since when is it okay for public defenders to use drugs and commit crime? Its all who you know and who you blow at that place!
BlindJustice

Menlo Park, CA

#67 Aug 16, 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
Your post makes great sense!!This same District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla chose to prosecute Matthew Moore,who was falsely accused,convicted & awaiting sentencing,based on a pure allegation,there was no injured party,except for the deliberate injury caused to this young man & his family.A Complete waste of tax payers money 4sure.Hear Matthew speak out on his wrongful conviction in East Feliciana Parish,Louisiana.No crime occurred nor proven. http://youtu.be/qBGLfWct_SI
BlindJustice

Menlo Park, CA

#68 Aug 16, 2012
@ DA Justice) Your post makes great sense!!
This same District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla chose to prosecute Matthew Moore,who was falsely accused,convicted & awaiting sentencing,based on a pure allegation,there was no injured party,except for the deliberate injury caused to this young man & his family.A Complete waste of tax payers money 4sure.Hear Matthew speak out on his wrongful conviction in East Feliciana Parish,Louisiana.No crime occurred. http://youtu.be/qBGLfWct_SI
Kudos

United States

#69 Aug 17, 2012
[QUOTE who="????"]He had .18 of an ounce...so he had less than a half of an ounce.
They are letting him continue because it would probably hurt his clients to change attorneys at this point. Assuming like the Angola 5 they are in the middle of or about to go to trail.
It would also delay the proceedings, which would cost the tax payers more money.
[/QUOTE]

Who cares if it hurts his clients? They killed a man in blue. They need a speedy death sentence anyway!
Bob

Euless, TX

#70 Aug 17, 2012
Kudos wrote:
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Who cares if it hurts his clients? They killed a man in blue. They need a speedy death sentence anyway!
That's not his only clients.

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