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  • Defense doesn't want pictures of gruesome murder scene shown in court

    May 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney for a man accused of killing a sex offender who abused his girlfriend submitted motions to prevent photos of the murder scene from being shown at the trial and asking the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office to recuse itself from proceedings.... more »
  • Prominent attorney talks to just one station about son's drug charges Play Video

    May 2, 2016 7:19 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH- Tonight, there are allegations someone went judge shopping after a prominent lawyer's son received two very different bonds in one night. The bonds were set for drug and weapons charges. Jailen Jordan was arrested with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana after Brusly Police... more »
  • Trump University plaintiff seeks to withdraw from lawsuit

    March 8, 2016 4:21 PM

    SAN DIEGO - Tarla Makaeff has had enough of Donald Trump after spending six years fighting him in court. The Southern California yoga instructor wants to withdraw from a federal class-action lawsuit that claims Trump University fleeced students with an empty promise to teach them real estate. Her lawyers... more »
  • Father arrested after admitting shaking, dropping infant son

    March 1, 2016 4:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The son of a New Orleans attorney faces a second-degree murder charge after police said he admitted shaking, dropping and deserting his 2-month-old son who was found dead over the weekend. 20-year-old Justice Willard Brown faces charges in the death of his son, Justice Willard Brown... more »
  • Four candidates for SU Law Center post announced Thursday

    February 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee looking to select the next chancellor of the Southern University Law Center will pick from four candidates announced Thursday morning. Three of the four candidates are closely tied to the university already as internal candidates. The other is a state appellate court judge... more »
  • Probation for attorney in movie tax credit case

    January 27, 2016 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans attorney has been spared prison for his role in a fraud case involving the tax credit program credited with turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South." A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Michael Arata to probation and a $15,000 fine. Arata was one of... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Attorney arrested after courtroom outburst Play Video

    September 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney found himself in a jail cell with defendants after mouthing off to a judge in a courtroom Tuesday. But, Jeffry Sanford said he was only standing up for justice. He said he used a few choice words in his frustrated explanation to a judge... more »
  • Attorney: Kentucky clerk's contempt hearing was 'charade'

    September 4, 2015 3:38 PM

    MOREHEAD, KY - An attorney for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says the contempt hearing a federal judge held was a "charade." Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said U.S. District Judge David Bunning knew he was going to send Davis to jail on Thursday before he heard one word... more »
  • Cosby lawyers: Release of deposition broke settlement terms

    July 23, 2015 2:42 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's lawyers have asked a judge to hold an accuser's attorney responsible for the release of the comedian's deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case. They fault Andrea Constand's lawyers for the weekend release of the transcript to news outlets including The New York Times and The Associated... more »
  • Man sentenced for dumping hazardous waste into BR water system Play Video

    April 29, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man in Baton Rouge who illegally dumped six million gallons of hazardous waste over a three-year period will not do any jail time. Roger Dies faced a lengthier sentence for his actions but was given two years federal probation instead. He also must pay hefty fines.... more »
  • Orleans councilman Gray suspended from practicing law

    March 17, 2015 4:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney who serves on the New Orleans City Council has been suspended from the practice of law for two years. Louisiana's Supreme Court handed down the decision Tuesday against James Gray. The court said it was accepting the recommendation of its disciplinary board. The decision outlined... more »
  • Lawyer says goal is to protect rights of fraternity members

    March 13, 2015 10:59 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected. Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the... more »
  • BR attorney accused of stealing from elderly

    February 13, 2015 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office accused a Baton Rouge attorney Friday of stealing several items from an elderly client of his. Members of the U. S. Marshals Task Force arrested 63-year-old Stanley "Stephen" Spring at his law firm Friday. Deputies said an investigation into... more »
  • Metro Council hires attorney for St. George opposition

    January 28, 2015 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Tuesday night to hire Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to represent them in court as they oppose a movement to incorporate the southern portion of the parish into its own city. Council members voted 8-3, with Buddy Amoroso, Joel Boé and... more »
  • Brown's attorneys criticize grand jury, prosecutor

    November 25, 2014 11:55 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Attorneys for Michael Brown's family say the process that led to a white officer not being indicted in the fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old was unfair and broken. Attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference Tuesday they objected to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob... more »
  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case. Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
  • Roper files suit against council

    August 12, 2014 7:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish attorney being forced out of her position by city leaders has filed suit Monday against the entire East Baton Rouge Metro Council. Mary Roper claimed in the lawsuit members of the council unfairly targeted her and wanted her to step down in order to... more »
  • BESE votes to hire lawyer for Common Core issues Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 Tuesday to hire an attorney to help them deal with the political firefight that's erupted over Common Core in Louisiana. However, the board said the attorney would not file suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal without first coming... more »
  • Council defers decision on parish attorney's future

    May 28, 2014 11:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A hearing about the future of the parish attorney's job in East Baton Rouge quickly became fiery Wednesday when members of the Metro Council fired spicy comments at each other. "I"m trying to figure out what in the world, council members, are we doing," Councilwoman Tara Wicker... more »
  • Senate confirms Green for US Attorney's post

    May 22, 2014 3:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Senate unanimously has confirmed Walt Green as U.S. Attorney for Louisiana's Middle District based in Baton Rouge. Green, who has been serving as acting U.S. attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned the post, was recommended for the position by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The... more »
  • Committee approves Green for La. U.S. Attorney

    May 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Walt Green's nomination to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green has been serving as Acting United States Attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned in July of 2013. Green was recommended for the position by... more »
  • Landrieu recommends Green for US Attorney

    October 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Sen. Mary Landrieu is recommending that President Barack Obama appoint Walt Green as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green has been acting U.S. Attorney in that Baton Rouge-based federal district since Donald Cazayoux (KAZ'-uh-yoo) stepped down from the post in July. In her... more »
  • BR attorney barred from practicing law

    September 19, 2013 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Veteran Baton Rouge lawyer Bruce A. Craft is permanently barred from practicing law, and state officials say they're seeking his clients with open cases that could number in the hundreds. The Louisiana Supreme Court accepted Craft's "permanent resignation in lieu of discipline," on Wednesday. That means Craft... more »
  • Scam warning for Seniors

    September 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seniors in Louisiana are being warned about a telephone scam targeting them. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says telephone con artists are promising free medical alert devices. It comes after an increased number of calls have been reported which try to trick people into thinking... more »
  • Two Denham Springs men arrested on child porn charges

    August 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Two Denham Springs men have been arrested on charges of downloading child pornography. The arrests came from separate incidents, according the the Louisiana Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit. 49-year-old Morris Roubique was booked into Livingston Parish Prison on five counts of pornography involving juveniles.... more »
  • Fugitive tracked down in New Orleans

    August 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly year long fugitive hunt has come to end in New Orleans. 43-year-old Joseph Marrone was arrested Tuesday by agents with the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension and High Technology Crime Units. Marrone was wanted by several law enforcement agencies. The Mandeville Police Department... more »
  • NAACP will meet with D.A. about racial comments

    July 25, 2013 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The NAACP is planning to meet with District Attorney Hillar Moore Friday morning to discuss recent issues of people in positions of power making racial comments. One of the issues: comments made by an assistant district attorney at the courthouse in downtown recently. The prosecutor is on... more »
  • Prosecutor on leave after comments about African American kids

    July 22, 2013 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An assistant district attorney is on leave while the office investigates potentially racial comments he made at the courthouse in downtown. The prosecutor, whose name was not released, was overheard making fun of the names of African American children. The discussion happened amid a debate about race... more »
  • Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal

    July 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case. O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He... more »
  • Judge denies mistrial request by mayor's attorney Play Video

    July 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge denied a mistrial request by the attorney for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter in today's hearing over a lawsuit filed by three city council members. Ron Johnson made the motion after the judge signed an order requiring Slaughter stop interfering with Chief Financial Officer... more »
  • Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf is pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys. Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement Friday that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness... more »
  • Judge considers effect of fungus on Calif. inmates

    June 17, 2013 2:21 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- An attorney representing inmates at two Northern California prisons has told a federal judge that prisoners vulnerable to a potentially deadly airborne fungus should be moved from the facilities immediately. Warren George with the Prison Law Office made the argument during a hearing on Monday before U.S. District... more »
  • Class action lawsuit filed after plant explosion

    June 14, 2013 10:51 AM

    GEISMAR - Attorneys filed a class action lawsuit today against the operator of a Geismar chemical which exploded yesterday, killing one person and injuring dozens. Attorneys with the Becnel Law Firm of LaPlace filed suit in Ascension Parish today against Williams Olefins, the company which operates the plant. ... more »
  • Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

    May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge lawyer sentenced in fraud case

    May 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
  • Deadline approaching for Powerhouse Gym claims

    May 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reminded people affected by the failed Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge that they should file a claim with the Louisiana Department of Justice's Consumer Protection section by Friday, May 31. Powerhouse Gym planned to open in January 2012, and the owners started... more »
  • AG removed himself from decision to subpoena AP

    May 14, 2013 12:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder removed himself from a decision to subpoena phone records of The Associated Press. A Justice Department statement Tuesday says that Holder stepped aside - a procedure known as recusal. The statement says Holder stepped aside because he had been interviewed... more »
  • Teacher accused of indecent behavior with student

    May 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    SLIDELL - Authorities arrested a junior high school teacher in Slidell for indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. The AG's Office said 34-year-old Traci Beaucoudray is accused of having inappropriate contact with one of her former students. The arrest was a result of... more »
  • Ohio AG: Tests confirm Castro is father

    May 10, 2013 10:31 AM

    CLEVELAND - The Ohio attorney general says tests have confirmed that alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl rescued from his house with three women this week. Attorney General Mike DeWine's office confirmed Castro's paternity in a news release Friday. DeWine says a sample of Castro's... more »
  • AG to announce results of child predator investigation

    April 24, 2013 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office scheduled a press conference this afternoon to announce the results of an undercover operation targeting child predators in southern Louisiana. The investigation involved the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. AG Buddy Caldwell will be joined by Louisiana State Police... more »
  • AG says approval not needed for LSU hospital deals

    April 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says Gov. Bobby Jindal's plans to privatize the LSU-run public hospitals doesn't require legislative approval under the law. The Jindal administration has said it didn't intend to seek a legislative vote for the individual privatization agreements because the law doesn't require approval. ... more »
  • Man accused of child porn, unauthorized wireless access

    April 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office said their high tech crime unit caught a Baton Rouge man highjacking a wireless router to look at child porn. Authorities arrested Richard Wells-Lightsey, 26, on Friday as part of a joint investigation with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, AG's High... more »
  • Attorney: Mayor broke policy to fire Chief Play Video

    February 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three days after the East Baton Rouge Mayor's Office abruptly fired the city's police chief, his attorney said the Mayor may not have followed policy when making the decision. Jill Craft, who represents Dewayne White, told News 2 the State Examiner's officer confirmed with her that... more »
  • Fired chief levels serious allegations against Mayor Play Video

    February 7, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Through his attorney today, fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White leveled serious allegations that the East Baton Rouge Mayor's Office interfered with his duties and actively kept him from speaking to the media about issues with the department. White and his attorney, Jill Craft, made... more »
  • Ousted chief to speak to media this afternoon

    February 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White scheduled a press conference for this afternoon, a day after he was fired from his post. White will hold the press conference at the office of his attorney, Jill Craft, at 2:30 p.m. News 2 will stream the event... more »
  • Texas prosecutor's slaying rattles colleagues

    February 1, 2013 2:56 AM

    KAUFMAN, Texas - Some prosecutors say the fatal shooting of a Dallas-area prosecutor is disturbing for all those trying to protect the public from criminals and their misdeeds. That's after a masked gunman confronted Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse of Kaufman County in a parking lot and shot him multiple... more »
  • La. AG's oil spill tab nears $24M

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns. The $15.4 million that Attorney... more »

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