Last August, New Orleans activist Jordan Flaherty was leading celebratory chants of “Guilty!” at rally following the convictions of five New Orleans police officers.
Last week, he was contributing to the New York Times story on the cops’ sentencing.
Times deputy national editor Rick Lyman tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
When our correspondent, Campbell Robertson, was unable to get into the courtroom to hear the announcement of the sentences, he was forced to ask other reporters, who were in the courtroom, to fill him in on what the judge had said. Jordan Flaherty, who had taken notes of what the judge said, agreed to share them with Campbell, who then confirmed all of them with other people who had been in the courtroom. So we are very confident in what we printed in the newspaper. We were unaware that Mr. Flaherty might have been involved in public protests involving the killings and, if we had known, we would not have used him.