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  • Lawsuit challenging annexations thrown out

    March 9, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An appeals court threw out a lawsuit challenging recent annexations in East Baton Rouge Parish Monday. The suit from former lawmaker Woody Jenkins claimed the 2014 annexation of a section of land including the Mall of Louisiana would negatively impact police and fire services to his... more »
  • Police chief loses ethics fine appeal

    March 9, 2015 12:38 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau recently, ordering he pay a $2,500 ethics fine to the state. The board ruled Ambeau failed to appeal the 2011 fine for filing his required candidate financial statement late, and... more »
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

    February 23, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment. Licensing opponents had hoped... more »
  • Planned Parenthood files appeal, seeking to offer abortions

    February 11, 2015 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood is appealing a state health department rejection of its application seeking to perform abortion services in New Orleans. The organization said Wednesday it filed a notice of appeal with the state Division of Administrative Law, rather than file a lawsuit challenging the rejection. In a... more »
  • Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

    January 26, 2015 11:06 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state of Alabama is appealing a federal judge's order overturning its ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed notice Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it would challenge the ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade. The move... more »
  • Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

    January 9, 2015 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The vote released Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was... more »
  • BP appeals judge's refusal to remove claims administrator

    December 24, 2014 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill. A brief filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted... more »
  • La. asks US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

    December 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules. Attorney Kyle Duncan filed the request this week. He's asking the justices to hear appeals of... more »
  • Rice wins appeal, 'suspension vacated'

    November 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    The NFL players' union says Ray Rice has won his appeal of his indefinite suspension. An association spokesman says the suspension has been "vacated, effective immediately." The appeal was heard earlier this month by a former federal judge. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority when it modified... more »
  • A billion isn't enough

    November 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA- There's an appeal in a billion dollar divorce settlement since the ex-wife of energy tycoon Harold Hamm says its not enough. Sue Ann Hamm was awarded $995.4 million this week by a judge in Oklahoma City in their divorce. But her lawyer claims the amount awarded... more »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • Prosecution says it will appeal Pistorius verdict

    October 27, 2014 8:06 AM

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide. Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said Monday that the next step is to file papers... more »
  • Justices won't revive Louisiana parish claims

    October 20, 2014 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the... more »
  • State AG appeals gay marriage ruling to La. Supreme Court

    September 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision to ban same-sex marriage in Louisiana. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Office filed the appeal Friday after the ruling Monday by Lafayette Parish Judge, Edward Rubin. The ruling was made in the same-sex... more »
  • Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

    September 8, 2014 2:07 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court will hear arguments over same-sex weddings. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S.... more »
  • Appeal notices filed in La. gay marriage case

    September 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gay marriage supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Friday in their challenge of the ban. The appeal now goes to the New... more »
  • Judge grants public defender to Nagin's appeal

    September 3, 2014 8:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved New Orleans' former mayor Ray Nagin's request for a federal public defender to handle his appeal. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan signed off on the request Wednesday, noting that Nagin's finances qualifies him for public legal representation. According to a questionnaire filed... more »
  • Landowner appeals in gopher frog dispute

    August 26, 2014 3:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana landowner is appealing a federal judge's decision that a tree farm where an endangered burrowing frog was last seen in 1965 is necessary for the animal's recovery. Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Reed Hopper filed the notice of appeal on Tuesday in federal court in New... more »
  • Convicted killer Derrick Todd Lee loses appeal

    August 20, 2014 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee has failed to convince a state judge that he deserves a new trial in the 2002 slaying of former LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace. Lee's case now goes to the Louisiana Supreme Court. If justices also reject Lee's arguments,... more »
  • Residents hope to block EBR school redistricting

    August 19, 2014 3:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish residents is back in court, hoping to block a new nine-member redistricting plan that shrank the size of the parish School Board by two seats. The residents filed court papers late Monday seeking an immediate review of a lower court... more »
  • Top Colorado court halts gay marriages in Boulder

    July 29, 2014 4:32 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's Supreme Court ordered Boulder County to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while an appeal from the state attorney general is heard. The court ruled Tuesday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get... more »
  • Nagin files appeal notice

    July 15, 2014 1:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has filed a formal notice of appeal in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years. The notice was filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The appeal will... more »
  • Feds want time to decide on retrial for BP

    June 17, 2014 6:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was... more »
  • China tries to limit damage from cyber spying spat

    May 28, 2014 2:03 AM

    BEIJING - China has appealed to Washington not to allow a dispute over cyber spying to hurt cooperation in commerce, counter-terrorism and other areas. In a commentary by its main official news agency, Beijing appealed Wednesday for "more trust" between the governments. It said the cyber spying dispute "should not... more »
  • Pa. Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal

    April 2, 2014 3:02 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa.- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court won't review Jerry Sandusky's 45-count child molestation conviction. The justices ruled Wednesday that they won't take up the former Penn State assistant football coach's appeal. Sandusky argued his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial and prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not... more »
  • La. legislature doesn't appeal "fund sweep" ruling

    March 5, 2014 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature has decided against appealing a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state budget. A Baton Rouge judge ruled in November that the maneuver by lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal to... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in dispute over spill settlement

    December 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is appealing a judge's rejection of its argument that claimants who can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal Thursday, two days... more »
  • Bloomberg vows appeal of 'stop and frisk' verdict

    August 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg said at a news conference Monday that the judge displayed a "disturbing disregard" for... more »
  • Union appeals A-Rod's suspension

    August 8, 2013 8:55 AM

    CHICAGO - The Major League Baseball Players Association has formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension. He was suspended through the 2014 season Monday when the league penalized 13 players following an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. The... more »
  • School board discusses changes to Mayfair, Delmont check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 18, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jeremy Collins devotes much of his attention to his brand new baby girl. He says he gave that same attention to his son back when he attended Delmont Elementary. "My son passed to the kindergarten. I mean it's a pretty good school," he says. But... more »
  • Funeral directors appeal casket ruling for monks

    July 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's board of funeral directors has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings that permit Benedictine monks to sell caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans. Federal district and appeals courts found no reasonable grounds for a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may... more »
  • Drunk driver asking for shorter sentence again

    June 19, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for the Greensburg man who killed seven people in a drunken crash said they're going to ask a judge to reduce his sentence again. Brett Gerald pleaded guilty this past December to seven counts of vehicular homicide in the May 2012 wreck. He initially... more »
  • Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban

    June 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    NEW YORK - A state appeals court is considering whether to allow New York City to ban oversized sodas and other large sugary drinks at city restaurants as part of its war on diabetes and obesity. The city's Board of Health enacted a rule last year that would put a... more »
  • Appeal hearing case of post-Katrina school firings

    May 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005. A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court... more »
  • Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were... more »
  • US government files morning-after pill appeal

    May 13, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW YORK - The government has filed a last-second appeal that will delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription. The appeal was filed shortly before a noon Monday deadline. Brooklyn federal Judge Edward Korman says politics is behind efforts by Secretary... more »
  • Feds appeal Plan B ruling

    May 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Justice Department appealed a judge's ruling on lifting all age limits on the controversial Plan B morning-after birth control pill. The feds contend the judge exceeded his authority and his decision should be suspended while the appeal is on-going. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York told... more »
  • LSU not releasing presidential candidates' names

    April 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU intends to appeal a judge's ruling that required the university system to turn over the names of about three dozen candidates considered during its presidential search. And the Board of Supervisors doesn't plan to immediately release the names. Board Chairman Hank Danos released a statement Friday... more »
  • Judge recuses himself in White case

    April 15, 2013 10:34 PM

    GONZALES- A judge assigned to a hearing to decide if a man should serve prison time for a deadly car crash 19-years ago has recused himself. Judge Thomas Kliebert was to preside over Stanley White's hearing. Instead, Judge Jesse LeBlanc will handle the case. White was convicted for... more »
  • AG wants court to make man go to prison

    April 11, 2013 10:23 PM

    GONZALES- The Attorney General said a man, convicted in connection with a deadly car crash in Ascension Parish almost two decades ago, should report to prison to serve his sentence. The A.G. recommended a lower court revoke Stanley White's appeal bond. White was sentenced in July 1995 and sentenced... more »
  • Federal appeals court to hear climate change suit

    April 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal three-judge panel has agreed to hear an appeal from a ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical... more »
  • DOJ considers appeal of morning-after pill ruling

    April 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department hasn't yet said whether it will appeal today's ruling by a federal judge, striking down the age restrictions on the over-the-counter purchases of the morning-after pill. The judge said the restrictions are "arbitrary" and "unreasonable," and that they must end within 30 days. That means... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in Gulf spill settlement

    April 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has appealed a federal judge's interpretation of settlement terms governing payouts to businesses that claim the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. BP has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month's ruling by District... more »
  • Knox awaits verdict from Italy's highest court

    March 25, 2013 8:48 AM

    ROME - A lawyer says Amanda Knox is "very anxious" as Italy's top criminal court hears arguments from prosecutors appealing her acquittal in the murder of her roommate. The Court of Cassation is considering prosecutors' contentions that the 2011 acquittals of Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of... more »
  • Scholarship loss not a federal case

    March 19, 2013 7:45 PM

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.- A former female basketball player who lost her scholarship at Central Michigan University also lost her bid to get it back in a federal appeals court. Brooke Heike lost her scholarship after her sophomore season in 2008. That was under coach Sue Guevara. CMU says it withdrew... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • Fired BR police chief's appeal set for May

    March 6, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dates have been set for Fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's civil service appeal hearing. The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board's chairman, Sgt. Bryan Taylor, told attorneys Wednesday the hearing will be held May 13-15. In an email, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip... more »
  • Judge reverses conviction in Angola stabbing

    February 28, 2013 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will appeal a federal judge's decision to reverse Albert Woodfox's 1998 conviction in the 1972 stabbing death of a guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. U.S. District Judge James Brady agreed Tuesday with Woodfox's claim that his 1993 indictment by a West... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief files civil service appeal

    February 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dewayne White's attorney officially filed an appeal today for his removal as Baton Rouge's police chief, claiming it was done in bad faith and without just cause. The appeal to the municipal Civil Service Board of East Baton Rouge says White's termination was not done in... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief plans further appeals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said he plans to appeal today's firing at the local and state levels, after a contentious hearing between him and East Baton Rouge's mayor-president. Mayor Kip Holden did not reverse his decision today to fire White after a public... more »
  • Maine Zumba trial on hold pending appeal decision

    January 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    ALFRED, Maine - Maine's highest court has agreed to an expedited hearing focusing on 46 counts that were dropped against a key figure in a prostitution scandal centered at a Zumba dance studio in the seaside town of Kennebunk. A judge on Tuesday delayed the trial of Mark Strong Sr.... more »
  • BP worker loses appeal over court-ordered exam

    January 3, 2013 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to overturn a ruling that a BP rig supervisor must submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to be questioned under oath for civil litigation spawned by the company's Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel from the... more »
  • Tagliabue bounty ruling coming this afternoon

    December 11, 2012 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than nine months after the NFL first disclosed its bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players will finally get a ruling on whether their initial suspensions are upheld, reduced or thrown out. Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was appointed to handle a second... more »
  • Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

    November 30, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Saints defensive end Will Smith says he's glad he got a chance to hear former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testify at an appeals hearing in the bounties case. Smith and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma attended Friday's session, where Williams was cross-examined by the players' lawyers for about... more »
  • Lee request for lab exam of evidence rejected

    November 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The judge presiding over condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has refused to have evidence presented at Lee's 2004 capital murder trial sent to a private lab for examination. State District Judge Richard Anderson denied the defense motion Thursday after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected.... more »
  • Count upholds manslaughter conviction

    November 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An appellate court has affirmed the manslaughter conviction and 40-year prison sentence for Greg Harris in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office. The Advocate reports a three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, however,... more »
  • 4 players file bounty appeals to NFL

    October 12, 2012 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial. One of the people also... more »
  • Ethics board hears appeals for fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state ethics board denied several lawmakers' appeals to have ethics fines against them waived today. The fines in dispute ranged from a few hundred dollars to $8,000, and mostly dealt with campaign finance reports which were filed late or improperly. State Senator Elbert Guillory,... more »
  • Saints players' bounty suspensions overturned check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An NFL appeals panel overturned the suspensions of four current and former Saints players accused of taking part in a team bounty program. The panel ruled today that Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita would have their suspensions lifted. They were reinstated by... more »
  • Court won't make AR,MS utilities pay to exit pact

    August 14, 2012 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected an effort by Louisiana utility regulators to make Entergy Corp. subsidiaries in Arkansas and Mississippi pay for ending an agreement with their Entergy counterparts in Louisiana and Texas. The ruling Tuesday by an appeals court in Washington deals with an agreement... more »
  • Ban on churches in Miss. town square challenged

    August 9, 2012 12:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Can a town keep churches off its town square? The question was taken up by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week when it heard a case involving religious freedom and a north Mississippi town's wish to make its town square a business district where... more »
  • Judge says Arizona's abortion ban can take effect

    July 30, 2012 6:15 PM

    PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy is poised to take effect this week after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg says the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to... more »
  • Court reverses worker's $300K sex harassment award

    July 30, 2012 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has thrown out a $300,000 court award for an iron worker in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Boh Brothers Construction Company. The worker won the award in 2009 after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on his behalf. He... more »
  • Appeals court hears caskets dispute

    June 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in a case pitting the state's funeral directors against an order of Roman Catholic monks who make and sell caskets. Louisiana funeral board lawyer David Gruning said a statue that required caskets to be purchased from funeral homes... more »
  • Livingston Parish to appeal to FEMA again

    April 27, 2012 8:03 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has voted to set a deadline of July 31 for making yet another appeal to FEMA. The council is seeking payment of about $54 million in disputed costs incurred during debris cleanup following Hurricane Gustav. The council instructed attorney Shelby Easterly, retained by the... more »
  • Source: Payton to appeal suspension

    March 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the decision says that Saints coach Sean Payton will file an appeal of his season-long suspension with the NFL on Friday. The person says the appeal will also ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension. The... more »
  • Payton might be allowed to coach if suspension appealed

    March 27, 2012 8:49 AM

    PALM BEACH, Fla. - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might allow Sean Payton to coach the Saints if he appeals his season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty program. Goodell said Tuesday at the league meeting that should Payton appeal, he "probably" would let him continue coaching after... more »
  • Vermilion Parish to appeal tax ruling

    February 23, 2012 7:16 AM

    ABBEVILLE - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted unanimously to appeal a state court ruling that prohibits the Vermilion Hurricane Flood Protection District from imposing a parish-wide tax in the city of Abbeville. State District Judge Jules Edwards issued the ruling. The 5.7-mill tax for coastal storm protection, if... more »
  • Law banning sex offenders from social media thrown out check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor's administration plans to appeal a judge's decision to allow sex offenders back on social media websites like Facebook. Last week, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson threw out the recently-passed law banning registered sex offenders from social media sites. Jackson said the law went too... more »
  • No decision made on Citizens judgment appeal

    February 2, 2012 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says a decision won't be made until next week on whether the state's property insurer of last resort will pursue a U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a $93 million judgment against the company. Donelon said Wednesday that his office and leaders of the... more »
  • Pratt can remain free on bail pending appeal

    December 16, 2011 3:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that a former Louisiana lawmaker can remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction and sentence for plotting to loot more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's ruling Thursday says former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt... more »
  • LSU researcher accused of sexual abuse fired

    November 9, 2011 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU fired the Vet School researcher today who was accused last month of sexually abusing a graduate student. Marc Boudreaux received his termination notice today according to his attorney, Jill Craft. She said the university claimed several accusations had been made against him by other co-workers,... more »
  • La. can't appeal loss of $80M grant

    November 9, 2011 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's won't be able to regain an $80 million federal grant to expand broadband Internet connections. The money instead will be returned to the U.S. Treasury, because the state doesn't have any ability to appeal the loss. That's the word from the U.S. Department... more »
  • Court revives racial bias claims over school plan

    November 3, 2011 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that claims a Louisiana school board's redistricting plan discriminated against black students. In Thursday's ruling, a divided three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a judge erroneously dismissed all the claims filed against the... more »
  • Court to state: Take a harder look at oil drilling

    June 13, 2011 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators have been ordered by a state appellate court to thoroughly analyze possible contamination, including radiation, from dumping fluids used in drilling for oil and natural gas into the seas just off the coast. On Friday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the... more »
  • Supreme Court refuses to hear ex-N.O. cop's appeal

    March 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case against a former New Orleans police officer who was sentenced to death for arranging a woman's murder. Attorneys for the former officer, Len Davis, asked the court to consider whether prosecutors impermissibly struck black potential jurors... more »
  • Illinois court throws Emanuel off Chiago ballot

    January 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    CHICAGO - An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election. The decision put Emanuel's candidacy into doubt a month before the election. He had... more »
  • Another delay for Derrick Todd Lee

    November 30, 2010 4:32 PM

    Update: BATON ROUGE- There's another long setback surrounding the case of South Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. He was in District Court this morning for a motions hearing. Lee is seeking a new trial. In court, Judge Richard Anderson allowed Defense Attorney Gary Clements more time to... more »
  • Jefferson faults judge's jury instructions

    November 16, 2010 11:25 AM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A former Louisiana congressman convicted of bribery charges says his defense was "devastated" by what he claims were a judge's erroneous jury instructions. In a court filing Monday, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson asks the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virgina to throw out all... more »
  • Clinton home has until Monday to appeal closure

    November 14, 2010 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state official says a military-styled group home for abused, neglected or delinquent children will be shut for good if owners don't appeal the decision by Monday. Trey Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, says that on Friday, director Brandi Phipps had... more »
  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal of TX man on death row

    October 18, 2010 10:28 AM

    The Supreme Court will not review a claim from a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution. A federal trial judge and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have found that Michael Hall is not mentally impaired. Hall... more »
  • Radio, TV host's conviction for wife's murder upheld

    October 6, 2010 11:04 AM

    Former New Orleans radio and television personality Vince Marinello's murder conviction in the 2006 shooting death of his wife has been upheld by a state appeals court. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles released the decision Wednesday morning. The 73-year-old Marinello was convicted in 2008 of second-degree... more »
  • 5-judge appeal panel in Newcomb suit

    September 21, 2010 5:15 AM

    A state appeal court will hear arguments today for Tulane University to reopen Newcomb College, which closed in restructuring 11 months after Hurricane Katrina. In July, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal split on whether to overturn or modify a district judge's decision that Tulane was free to use money... more »
  • Court revives claims over Katrina levee breaches

    September 15, 2010 10:13 AM

    A federal appeals court has ruled that a government contractor isn't immune from liability for its work on a New Orleans floodwall and levee system that failed during Hurricane Katrina. Tuesday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revives claims against Washington Group International Inc. over Industrial Canal... more »
  • Obama administration to appeal stem cell ruling

    August 24, 2010 5:12 PM

    The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling that undercut its efforts to expand stem cell research, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The appeal is expected this week, said spokesman Matthew Miller. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the stem cell research violated the will of Congress in prohibiting... more »
  • Court rejects candidate's appeal over expletive

    August 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    A candidate for the Wisconsin Legislature who wants to use an expletive and a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot has lost an appeal of a federal judge's order dismissing her lawsuit. Ieshuh Griffin appealed U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa's decision rejecting her lawsuit on Thursday.... more »
  • Ex-pastor loses appeal of sex abuse charges

    August 1, 2010 9:55 AM

    A former pastor sentenced to life in prison for his role in a sex abuse scandal at a defunct Ponchatoula church has lost his bid for a new trial. The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld four aggravated rape convictions returned in 2008 against Louis Lamonica, who had been... more »
  • Oil-related BR businesses react to moratorium ruling

    June 22, 2010 9:31 PM

    The feds say a new moratorium order on deepwater drilling is coming, just hours after a judge halted the existing one. Offshore-related companies sued the government over the six-month ban, saying it's killing business and the state's economy. Some companies in Baton Rouge are in the same boat... more »
  • Man's rape, molestation convictions reversed

    June 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    The conviction of a Springhill man serving a life sentence plus 25 years for raping and molesting two young family members has been reversed. The appeals court agreed with Donny D. Carper's complaint about the prosecution's failure to allow him to confront his accusers face-to-face. He also contended trial judge... more »
  • Prisoner who requested firing squad loses one appeal

    June 4, 2010 8:25 PM

    A prisoner who requested the firing sqaud for execution in Utah lost an appeal before the state Supreme Court. Ronnie Lee Gardner cannot challenge the signing of his death warrant. The justices agreed with prosecutors that a sentence can be appealed but not the order to carry out the sentence.... more »
  • Push to inform death row inmates of right to waive appeals

    May 11, 2010 3:43 PM

    There's a push to make death row inmates aware that they have the right to waive their automatic appeals of their death sentence. This comes four months after Gerald Bordelon was put to death. Bordelon molested and murdered his 12 year old stepdaughter Courtney LeBlanc in Livingston Parish in... more »

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