May 16, 2013 4:37 AM by AP
Talks continue about who should be chosen by a federal judge to oversee police reforms in New Orleans.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan this week extended the deadline for choosing a monitor until May 28.
The monitor will oversee the city's compliance with a court-approved agreement with the Justice Department for widespread reforms in the police department.
Two firms are finalists for the job: Hillard-Heintze of Chicago and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton of Washington.
In past meetings, the city has favored Hillard-Heintze, while Justice representatives have touted the qualifications of Sheppard, Mullin.
Hillard-Heintze has drawn criticism from New Orleans civil rights advocates, who are raising questions about whether one of its founders, former Chicago police chief Terry Hillard, did enough to combat police abuses in Chicago.