James Carter, who was appointed last year by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to the newly created post of criminal justice commissioner in hopes of making a dent in the city's intractable murder problem, is stepping down, officials in the Landrieu administration confirmed. Carter is leaving to devote his time to his private legal practice, Landrieu spokesman Ryan Berni said. Carter will continue to consult with the city on a pro-bono basis.
Berni said the decision to leave was Carter's alone. He said Landrieu has not decided whether or not to fill the position, which has only existed since Carter's appointment in May 2011.