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  • Louisiana attorney general warns of tobacco settlement scam

    July 23, 2017 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general is warning residents not to believe online ads that say people can receive money from a settlement reached between states and tobacco companies. Attorney General Jeff Landry says his office has received questions about online promotions suggesting individuals can access thousands per... more »
  • Sulphur man arrested on more than 100 counts of child pornography

    July 17, 2017 6:16 PM

    SULPHUR – A Sulphur man was arrested on more than 100 counts of child pornography, the Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced on Monday. Attorney General Jeff Landry's Cyber Crime Unit arrested 27-year-old Cameron Fairley on 80 counts of sexual abuse images/videos of children and 29 additional counts of... more »
  • Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

    April 25, 2017 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rosenstein is expected to head the... more »
  • Defense attorney gets 30 months in prison for tax evasion

    April 23, 2017 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal... more »
  • Arkansas AG to appeal 1 of 2 execution stays

    April 17, 2017 9:54 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she won't appeal an execution stay set for an inmate whose attorneys say he's mentally ill. But she says she has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a stay issued for another inmate, Don Davis, who was scheduled to... more »
  • Report: Prosecutor jailed crime victims to enforce testimony

    April 11, 2017 7:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new report says New Orleans prosecutors jailed at least six crime victims to make them testify last year, including a rape victim who was held for eight days. Court Watch NOLA says judges approved at least nine other material witness warrants for victims, but those people... more »
  • Woman sues ex-prosecutor accused of trading sex for leniency

    April 11, 2017 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A victim's mother is suing a former Louisiana district attorney accused of extorting sexual favors from at least 22 women in exchange for favorable treatment from his office. The racketeering lawsuit was filed Monday by a woman whose daughter was a key witness in an FBI investigation... more »
  • Ex-DA gets 4-year sentence for corruption convictions

    April 5, 2017 4:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The former top prosecutor for two New Orleans area parishes has been sentenced to four years in prison in a federal corruption case. New Orleans media outlets report that Walter Reed received the sentence Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon. Reed is the former district attorney... more »
  • Attorney for Oklahoma senator says he'll resign

    March 20, 2017 11:17 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - An attorney for a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City facing felony child prostitution charges says his client plans to resign his seat by Wednesday. Attorney Ed Blau said Monday he's been hired to represent Sen. Ralph Shortey, who is facing three felony counts after police say... more »
  • Acting U.S. Attorney appointed following Green's resignation

    March 16, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Following the resignation of Walt Green, Corey R. Amundson has been appointed as the acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Amundson said that he is "deeply honored and humbled." "Our office has a long history of commitment and dedication to the cause... more »
  • US Attorney Walt Green announces resignation

    March 13, 2017 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – United States Attorney Walt Green announced Monday that he has submitted his resignation as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana effective March 10, 2017. “I wish to thank my incredible staff and law enforcement family for all their support over the years as... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Former prosecutor faces arrest for violent tirade against estranged wife Play Video

    March 10, 2017 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A warrant was filed for the arrest of a former prosecutor in the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office. According to records obtained by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit, David Deblieux is accused of going off on a tirade that left his wife and her... more »
  • Muslim group urges district attorney to cancel training

    March 5, 2017 12:17 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Muslim civil rights group is urging a Louisiana district attorney to cancel a training seminar on investigating "jihadi operations" in the U.S., calling it biased and a misuse of taxpayer money. Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell's office said in a statement Thursday that it was "surprised... more »
  • New acting attorney general Boente sworn in

    January 30, 2017 11:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Dana Boente has been sworn in as acting attorney general after Donald Trump fired Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his travel ban. White House spokesman Michael Short says Boente was sworn in around 9 p.m. Monday. The hastily arranged ceremony came after Trump swiftly fired Boente's predecessor... more »
  • Trump fires acting attorney general

    January 30, 2017 8:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would not defend his controversial immigration order. He is naming Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in her place. The White House press office says in a statement... more »
  • Attorney general touts supportive letters from union, prosecutor, sheriff

    January 12, 2017 2:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general is touting letters of support from a New Orleans police union, the city's top prosecutor and the sheriff as he disputes accusations that he's overstepping his authority with an anti-crime task force. Last week New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison wrote Attorney General Jeff... more »
  • NAACP continues protests outside office of Sen. Sessions

    January 9, 2017 9:39 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Members of the NAACP staged new protests outside the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions on the eve of his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general. The group held protests and prayer vigils Monday, a week after the group's national president and five others were arrested... more »
  • Michigan AG: More charges filed in Flint water probe

    December 20, 2016 10:13 AM

    FLINT - More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday charged former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their... more »
  • Joe McKnight's family meets with DA

    December 14, 2016 10:19 AM

    GRETNA - An attorney for the family of slain former NFL running back Joe McKnight says the player's family has met with prosecutors to discuss next steps in the legal case against his accused shooter. Attorney George Tucker tells The New Orleans Advocate that McKnight's mother, his sister and the... more »
  • Two Gonzales men arrested for child exploitation

    December 1, 2016 12:24 PM

    GONZALES – Two Gonzales men have been arrested for child exploitation, according to the attorney general's office. Treyon Gray-Reider, 19, was arrested on one count of indecent behavior with juveniles and one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor. Sean Sherlock, 47, was arrested on 300 counts of possession... more »
  • Judge says Roof can act as his own attorney

    November 28, 2016 10:00 AM

    CHARLESTON - The white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will act as his own attorney in his federal death penalty trial. Dylann Roof's request Monday came against his lawyers' advice, and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said he would reluctantly accept the... more »
  • New hearing set on Edwards LGBT protection order

    November 16, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A hearing on the attorney general's effort to block Gov. John Bel Edwards' order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people has been pushed back to Nov. 29. Both sides arrived in court Wednesday. But lawyers for the two elected officials disagreed on what should be... more »
  • Shotgun wielding elderly woman tries to kill attorney

    October 30, 2016 8:32 PM

    COVINGTON – A 75-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after St. Tammany Parish deputies said she brought a shotgun to her attorney’s office to kill him. According to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau, 75-year-old Patricia Currie entered the law office on Highway 21 in Covington Thursday afternoon.... more »
  • Former EBR Parish attorney denied new trial

    October 28, 2016 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper lost an appeal in her attempt to get a new trial in a defamation case against Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Chandler Loupe and the city-parish. In her original suit Roper claimed Loupe made false statements about her eventually causing... more »
  • Louisiana attorney general challenges LGBT-rights order

    October 20, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican attorney general asked a judge Thursday to block the Democratic governor's order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people, in an escalating dispute over the protection language. In his court challenge, Attorney General Jeff Landry says Gov. John Bel Edwards' anti-discrimination order violates... more »
  • Accused killer's lawyers: There are inconsistencies in police reports Play Video

    June 21, 2016 8:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorneys for a man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend slammed the police investigation into the matter in an exclusive interview with WBRZ Tuesday. "They don't have a case," one attorney told News 2's Brett Buffington. The two New Orleans-area attorneys are working to... more »
  • Motion filed to move trial for officer accused in killing of 6-year-old

    June 21, 2016 1:41 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Several motions have been filed in the trial of a police officer accused in the 2015 shooting death of a 6-year-old in Marksville , including one that seeks to change the venue of the trial. Derrick Stafford faces one count of second degree murder and one count... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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