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Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish used to be the kind of rural retreat that reduces hard-bitten newspaper reporters to filing stories about time passing this idyllic spot by.

New Orleans' extensive network of surveillance cameras got a major boost in 2017 when then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu was engaged, as New Orleans mayors generally are, in a search for ways to reduce crime.

If then-New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro had had his way in 2004, Darrill Henry would have been sentenced to death after three eyewitnesses identified him as the killer of 89-year…