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  • Court to hear arguments on BP oil spill settlement

    November 4, 2013 7:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its... more »
  • Prosecution finishes rebuttal in Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor in George Zimmerman's murder trial has ended his rebuttal, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer told a series of lies in his statements about shooting Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy argued that Zimmerman repeatedly lied about the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. His rebuttal came... more »
  • Jury receives case in Louding murder trial

    April 26, 2013 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for the prosecution and defense wrapped up their closing arguments a short time ago in the murder trial of "Marlo" Mike Louding. Judge Trudy White issued jury instructions afterward and presented the case to them for deliberation. Louding is on trial on suspicion of... more »
  • Court: Can human genes be patented?

    April 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems worried about the idea of companies getting patents for genes found inside the human body. Justices on Monday grappled with whether to overturn Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The company sells a test... more »
  • Judge won't hear oral arguments on jail takeover

    April 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A U.S. district judge has declined to immediately set oral arguments over the city of New Orleans' request to place the local jail under federal control. It's the latest step in a legal fight involving the city, the U.S. Justice Department and Sheriff Marlin Gusman over how best... more »
  • Gay marriage argument goes to high court today

    March 26, 2013 8:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it. The court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins... more »
  • Judge to rule in Scott trial tonight Play Video

    March 20, 2013 6:20 PM

    GONZALES - Closing arguments have ended and a judge said she would render a decision before the night is up in the sexual battery trial of former LSU running back Charles Scott. Prosecutors rested their case this evening after two days of testimony, including from the alleged victim who... more »
  • La. Supreme Court hears arguments in voucher appeal Play Video

    March 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments lasted for about an hour today at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the state's appeal of the school voucher funding formula. At stake is the ability to pay for Governor Bobby Jindal's centerpiece school reform, which a lower court ruled violated the state's constitution. The... more »
  • Ruling expected this afternoon in voucher lawsuit

    November 30, 2012 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Closing arguments ended a short time ago in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's new school voucher program. Judge Tim Kelley recessed the court until 2 p.m., at which time he plans to give his ruling. Teacher unions and school boards say... more »
  • Arguments continue over GOP convention delegates

    August 1, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An ongoing dispute over Louisiana's delegates to next month's Republican National Convention has shifted to the national GOP level. State Republican Party leaders lining up behind presumed nominee Mitt Romney and supporters of libertarian Ron Paul couldn't reach an agreement over delegates. Dueling conventions elected separate... more »
  • Closing arguments to begin in Bell trial

    June 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The defense rested today in the trial of Leandre Bell, the man accused of killing the brother-in-law of former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff Leduff. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin later this afternoon, and the jury could be charged after that point. Bell is... more »
  • 4 days to opening arguments in Sandusky trial

    June 7, 2012 2:59 AM

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The attorneys arguing the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have four days to figure out how to sway a jury heavy with connections to the school. Seven women and five men will hear opening statements Monday in the sweeping case... more »
  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law

    April 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The fate of Arizona's tough immigration law is in the balance as the Supreme Court hears its final day of arguments for the current term today. The Obama administration challenged the law in federal court soon after Arizona's governor signed it two years ago. Five other states have... more »
  • Closing arguments ending in Grace trial Play Video

    February 29, 2012 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jurors in the George Grace federal corruption trial could be charged with the case late tonight. Prosecutors are finishing the last of their closing arguments now, and the jury will be charged after a dinner break. Grace, the former mayor of St. Gabriel, is accused... more »
  • Opening arguments due in NJ webcam spying trial

    February 24, 2012 6:12 AM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Opening arguments are scheduled for Friday in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. Nineteen-year-old Dharun Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. The case... more »
  • Closing arguments set for today in Smith Trial

    October 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    Baton Rouge- Closing arguments are set for today in the federal corruption case of Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith. Smith's defense rested on Wednesday without calling a witness. He is one of several area politicians caught in a sting by the FBI. Smith is facing a... more »
  • Judge rejects arguments in West Feliciana theft case

    February 11, 2011 2:46 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A state district judge rejected arguments Thursday on behalf of a West Feliciana Parish police juror asserting that the state lacks authority to investigate atax-exempt church's finances. Attorneys for Juror John Cobb, 52, asked 20th Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael to throw out... more »
  • ACLU's appeal set on single-sex classes

    August 25, 2010 6:34 AM

    The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals set oral arguments for Oct. 5 to consider the ACLU's appeal of a federal district judge's decision to allow single gender classes to continue at a Kaplan middle school. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Vermilion Parish School Board... more »
  • Appeals court date set in Kaplan school case

    August 11, 2010 7:14 AM

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a challenge of the single-gender programs at a Kaplan middle school. A federal district judge ruled in April that the all-boys and all-girls classes at Rene Rost Middle School could continue under court-mandated conditions addressing errors in the program's... more »

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