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Joseph E. Blackwell
Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District Board president and former federal prosecutor

Mr. Blackwell is the president of the recently established Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District located in Baton Rouge. Mr. Blackwell is an attorney with Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is a former federal prosecutor who is experienced in all facets of criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Blackwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Blackwell prosecuted a variety of crimes to include high level narcotics offenses, mail and wire fraud, arson, firearms offenses, public corruption, social security fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and other violent and white collar crimes. Despite carrying one of the highest case loads within the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Blackwell never lost a jury trial as a federal prosecutor. In August of 2010 Mr. Blackwell joined the law firm of Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is licensed in both Louisiana and Texas.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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