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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 30, 2010 4:32 PM
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
May 11, 2010 1:19 PM
Senate Bill 774 passed out of a senate committee and is headed to the floor. The bill centers around defendants in a capital case where the death penalty is involved. SB 774 proposes informing death row inmates at the time of their sentencing of their right to waive their rights... more »
March 31, 2010 6:44 AM
An appeals court ruled the state cannot require a man to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life or carry a special driver's license and identification card. The ruling overturns a state judge's ruling against Jimmy L. Smith who was convicted of indecent behavior with a... more »
March 30, 2010 8:35 AM
A Georgia man's request to appeal his 60-year sentence for shooting two Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputies at a traffic stop in 2006 has been rejected. The judge ruled that since 22-year-old Robert Power of Martinez, Ga., accepted the sentence in a plea bargain, he cannot appeal it. Power could have... more »
March 12, 2010 5:52 AM
A recall election for Forest Hill Mayor Marcia Young scheduled for May 1 has been called off. The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a March 3 state court ruling, which had declared the recall petition valid. Young appealed the ruling arguing the petition was invalid because it contained... more »
March 1, 2010 11:10 AM
Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is asking the Supreme Court to throw out his convictions in connection with the collapse of the energy giant that cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. Lawyers for Skilling and the government are appearing before the high court Monday as he appeals his... more »
February 26, 2010 7:56 AM
Bossier City officials are appealing the reinstatement of a fired police officer. Officer Phillip Vernon had been fired after the arrest of attorney Sherb Sentell at a Bossier casino last fall, following an alleged domestic dispute. At the time, Sentell was an assistant district attorney in Webster Parish. The state... more »
February 22, 2010 9:08 AM
State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, will likely appeal a federal appeals court ruling which states Louisiana must list two fathers' names on a child's birth certificate. The two men are Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who used a court in New York to help them adopt a child born... more »
February 11, 2010 11:33 AM
A Texas judge reduced the amount that a Houma oilfield-construction company must pay to the family of a Texas man crushed by a crane in 2008, from $11.1 million awarded by jurors to $10 million. Attorney Robert Killeen Jr. of Houston says Houma-based Gulf Island Fabrication will appeal the ruling... more »
January 7, 2010 11:01 AM
Prison officials and a lawyer for convicted killer Gerald Bordelon said they don't expect any last-minute disruptions to plans for Bordelon's execution Thursday evening. It will be Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon, 47, is scheduled to be put to death by injection at the Louisiana State Penitentiary between 6... more »
January 4, 2010 8:06 PM
September 11th conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was looking for a federal appeal, but didn't get it. Moussaoui says during his trial, he was denied what could have been helpful evidence. He also says he was restricted when selecting his own council. A three-judge panel in Richmond rejected those claims. Moussaoui is... more »
October 16, 2009 11:52 PM
Convicted child killer Gerald Bordelon got his wish to die soon. The state Supreme Court agreed to waive his appeals process.
Bordelon was sentenced to death three years ago for killing his stepdaughter Courtney LeBlanc in Livingston Parish.
Death penalty convictions get an automatic appeal. During a mental... more »
September 21, 2009 5:11 AM
The trial over the closing of North Iberville High School starts today and will be held in a courtroom after a judge rescheduled it from the Civic Center in Plaquemine to accommodate a large crowd. The school board appealed and won claiming the crowd might intimidate witnesses. Parents sued claiming... more »
September 17, 2009 5:03 PM
Attorneys representing the Iberville Parish School System have filed an appeal to move an upcoming trial from the Carl F. Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine back to the 18th Judicial Court.
Documents filed with the Louisiana Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge asks the court to reverse Judge Free's... more »