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Apr 30, 2013 8:16 AM by AP/CS

More discussions on police reforms in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justice Department lawyers and attorneys for New Orleans are again preparing to meet to discuss which of two firms will be chosen to monitor a court-approved agreement for reform of the New Orleans Police Department.

At the last meeting, Justice Department lawyers said the more qualified firm was Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. City lawyers favored the firm of Hillard-Heintze. A founder of that firm is former Chicago police chief Terry Hillard.

New Orleans civil rights activists and lawyers are critical of Hillard's record in dealing with longstanding allegations of police brutality and abuse in Chicago.

Tuesday's meeting is set for midday at the Louisiana Superdome.

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