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  • Restraining order against Depp to stay in place until August

    June 16, 2016 6:54 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman says the temporary restraining order Amber Heard obtained against Johnny Depp will remain in effect until Aug. 15. The matter originally was set to be heard Friday, but court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said Thursday the hearing has been postponed. She says... more »
  • Governor approves separated courtroom seating for victims

    June 10, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Crime victims, crime witnesses or their family members will soon have the choice to sit separate from defendants, defendants' family members or defense witnesses in Louisiana courtrooms. The governor's office said Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards had signed the bill from Sen. J.P. Morell, a New... more »
  • Will Smith shooting suspect told off-duty cop he was armed

    June 3, 2016 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 911 recording played in court captures the suspect in the shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith stating that he was carrying his weapon and Smith was unarmed when they got out of their cars to argue over a collision. The recording includes... more »
  • Attempted heroin hand-off in court nets arrest

    May 23, 2016 9:59 AM

    OSYKA, Miss. - A woman who allegedly tried to pass off a bag of heroin to a Pike County jail inmate inside a courtroom finds herself in jail. The Enterprise-Journal reports 28-year-old Carrie McClendon, of McComb, was arrested in Osyka Municipal Court Thursday and charged with possession of a... more »
  • APSO issues several arrest warrants for failing to appear in court

    May 10, 2016 12:00 PM

    ASCENSION- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its efforts in the parish to arrest individuals that are failing to appear in court after being arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges. The pairsh is calling the effort "Operation No Show." People who are arrested on criminal charges are entitled to... more »
  • Couple accused of bestiality plead not guilty

    April 20, 2016 11:22 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A husband and wife pleaded not guilty to a significant amount of crimes against nature charges Wednesday. Minton and Nina Morris were arrested in September on 250 counts of crimes against nature and several drug charges. Minton also faces charges for possession and distribution of child... more »
  • Public defender's office warns it's too poor to represent the poor

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The public defender's office in East Baton Rouge started warning judges of its inability to represent poor defendants in the criminal justice system. The letter, which was obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday, cites budget issues and warns of layoffs at the office beginning next... more »
  • Since charges were dropped, shooting suspect released from jail last week

    April 4, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christopher Stills was allowed to leave the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in time for the weekend since the charges against him were dismissed recently . Stills was accused of shooting Baton Rouge boxer Emanuel Augustus in 2014. Augustus was shot walking home from an evening... more »
  • Justices asked to rule that racial bias trumps jury secrecy

    April 2, 2016 2:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The American jury room is a bit like Las Vegas: What happens there is supposed to stay there. But a Supreme Court appeal from a Hispanic man in Colorado raises the prospect that a juror's comments during deliberations can be so offensive that they deprive a defendant of... more »
  • Family asks judge to declare Robert Durst's missing ex dead

    April 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    NEW YORK - Family of the ex-wife of troubled New York real estate heir Robert Durst have asked a judge to declare her legally dead 34 years after she was last seen. In affidavits filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court this week, Kathleen Durst's sisters and mother ask a judge to... more »
  • Katt Williams released from jail after fight with teen

    March 31, 2016 11:18 AM

    GAINESVILLE - Authorities say comedian and actor Katt Williams has been released from a Georgia jail. Hall County sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes says Williams was released from the Hall County jail Thursday. Police say the 44-year-old Williams and 17-year-old Luke Wash are charged with disorderly conduct after a fight between... more »
  • Tea party activists hail federal appeals court ruling vs IRS

    March 27, 2016 2:48 PM

    CINCINNATI - Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the Internal Revenue Service for alleged targeting in past election cycles. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised government foot-dragging while ordering the agency to... more »
  • Plaintiffs' Attorney: Town of White Castle loses court battle over public records Play Video

    March 18, 2016 5:20 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Attorneys representing plaintiffs suing the Town of White Castle say the Town was dealt a big blow today, by an Iberville Parish Judge. Attorney Seth Dornier said a Judge ordered the Town to turn over the public records, pay the plaintiffs' attorney fees, and face a fine. Attorneys defending... more »
  • Judge seals interrogation recordings of couple accused of killing sex offender

    March 10, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sealed recordings of detectives' interrogations of two high-profile murder suspects. The judge agreed with the pair's defense attorneys Thursday morning at a hearing that was scheduled after the WBRZ Investigative Unit filed a public records request asking the court to release the interviews. Following... more »
  • Judge rules in favor of priest who didn't report allegations of sexual abuse Play Video

    February 26, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Mike Caldwell ruled a part of the state's children's code requiring priests to be mandatory reporters of abuse that they learn during "priviledged conversations," is unconstitutional today. The ruling means Priests don't have to speak up if they learn children are the victims of abuse during... more »
  • 'Affluenza' teen's case moved to adult system

    February 19, 2016 11:12 AM

    FORT WORTH, Texas - A Texas judge says the case of a teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will be moved to adult court. Ethan Couch was 16 at the time of the 2013 crash that killed four people near Fort Worth. During his... more »
  • BRPD Lieutenant pleads not guilty to bar brawl battery charges

    February 17, 2016 11:47 AM

    B ATON ROUGE - A high-ranking member of the Baton Rouge Police Department pleaded not guilty to aggravated second degree battery charges Wednesday. Lt. Charles Eddleman represented himself in court, but has plans to hire an attorney ahead of his next court date. He was arrested earlier this year... more »
  • Plaquemine Police officer accused of attacking, kidnapping wife pleads no contest

    February 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A Plaquemine Police Department officer accused of attacking and kidnapping his estranged wife pleaded no contest to second degree battery and malfeasance in office charges in court Tuesday afternoon. 28-year-old Justin Bush received a suspended sentence of five years of Department of Corrections hard labor, followed by... more »
  • Documents: Ex-NFL star Sharper has new plea hearing Thursday

    February 16, 2016 9:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal court documents show that former NFL star Darren Sharper has a new plea hearing set for Thursday, further indication that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off. Earlier this month, court records showed that Sharper had renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors... more »
  • Landry says he, not Edwards, will determine if Common Core appeal continues Play Video

    February 4, 2016 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The same day Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he is ending Louisiana's lawsuit over Common Core Education standards, the newly elected Attorney General said he intends to intervene in the case. In a Thursday press release, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said he will review... more »
  • Fight over Confederate monuments goes to state court

    January 28, 2016 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans is being challenged in state court, shortly after a federal judge dismissed a similar attempt. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday and again seeks to halt the city's planned removal of four Confederate monuments. This suit was filed... more »
  • Calcasieu Parish starts court with options for veterans

    January 10, 2016 4:02 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A new Veterans Treatment Court in Calcasieu Parish will offer mentoring and services instead of jail time for military veterans who are facing some criminal charges. The American Press reports the purpose of the court will be to divert veterans with service-connected substance abuse or mental health... more »
  • Cop killer can't be executed, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules

    December 16, 2015 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal appeals court ruled Kevan Brumfield is not eligible to be put to death. Earlier this month , his attorneys asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to declare him mentally disabled. In its decision, the court wrote Wednesday, "Brumfield is intellectually disabled and, accordingly,... more »
  • LSU and John Chavis set for court today

    December 16, 2015 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The saga between LSU and former defensive coordinator John Chavis will be back in court Thursday in Baton Rouge. LSU will ask a judge to make Chavis turn over his cell phone number and phone records. LSU wants Chavis to pay $400,000 for breaking his contract early... more »
  • Murder method: Inside the case against couple accused of killing sex offender

    December 15, 2015 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New details first uncovered by the WBRZ Investigative Unit detail the methodology of murder used by a couple suspected of killing a sex offender earlier this year. Brittany Monk and Jace Crehan remain in jail, accused in the death of Robert Noce. Noce was found dead,... more »
  • Man accused of hiring ex-wife's killers in court

    December 15, 2015 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The case of a man accused of hiring people to kill his wife over an expensive divorce was in Baton Rouge court Tuesday morning. Hamid Ghassemi's case was in court for a change in attorneys defending him against first-degree murder charges. Ghassemi is accused of... more »
  • Teacher accused of having sex with students due back in court Tuesday

    November 10, 2015 9:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former teacher at Plaquemine High, accused of sleeping multiple students, is scheduled to be back to court Tuesday. Keavin Keith is due back in court for a motion hearing. The 30-year-old was indicted on 35 charges of inappropriate behavior with students earlier this year after several... more »
  • Appeals court rules against Obama's immigration action

    November 9, 2015 8:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally has suffered another setback in court. In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge's injunction blocking the Obama... more »
  • Pact means 5 in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit won't face jail

    November 5, 2015 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judges in New Orleans have agreed not to jail five people over their alleged failure to pay court fees. The agreement filed Thursday in federal court is the latest development in a lawsuit alleging that New Orleans judges preside over what amounts to an unconstitutional "debtors' prison."... more »
  • Religious leaders take issue with Bible used in death penalty sentencing case

    October 19, 2015 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 religious leaders asked the Louisiana Supreme Court, headquartered here, to throw out the death penalty given to a man who killed his son three years ago. In his case to get jurors to put Rodricus Crawford, Caddo Parish District Attorney Dale Cox told... more »
  • Man will do ten years for restaurant murder-for-hire plot

    October 19, 2015 9:05 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty years for hiring a hit-man to kill two former business partners. Tommy Gioele paid the would-be-assassin $300 to kill the husband and wife he purchased Camile's Cajun Café from in 2007. Instead of killing the couple, the... more »
  • 5th US Circuit to hear appeal of ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    October 5, 2015 8:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Monday's hearing is set before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2001 to... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge courts have thousands of no-shows Play Video

    September 30, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people are not showing up in Baton Rouge City Court to face the music. There are 106,000 outstanding misdemeanor warrants with a potential $4 million in unpaid fees according to the City Court Clerk's office. City Constable Reginald Brown said he requested over $500,000 in... more »
  • Trial underway for mother accused in murder of 11-month-old daughter Play Video

    August 17, 2015 12:49 PM

    >BATON ROUGE - A mother accused of the murder of her 11-month-old daughter is scheduled to appear in court Monday. 29-year-old Ashley Heard faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile for her perceived role in the death of her infant, Aaliyah, back in 2013. ... more »
  • Sept. 2 hearing in longtime inmate's quest for freedom

    July 30, 2015 8:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for Sept. 2 in the case of longtime Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox. Woodfox is seeking freedom after decades of prison isolation - and an end to the state's efforts to try him in the 1972 death of... more »
  • Former teacher of the year pleads 'not guilty' to 30 charges of sex with students

    July 29, 2015 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former teacher of the year, Keavin Keith, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him on Wednesday. He’s facing 37 counts of inappropriate behavior with students. Keith was a teacher at the Math Science and Arts Academy West in Iberville Parish. Investigators began looking into Keith... more »
  • Former police chief pleads no contest to malfeasance Play Video

    July 23, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Brusly's former police chief pleaded "no contest" to malfeasance charges Thursday in connection with a missing guns and cash case from his time in office. Jamie Whaley didn't utter a word as he exited the courtroom. He admitted to stealing guns and forging signatures on department... more »
  • 'Sons of Guns' reality TV star Will Hayden back in court Play Video

    July 9, 2015 6:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Former reality television star Will Hayden from "Sons of Guns" was back in court Thursday to face rape charges in Livingston Parish. When asked if he had anything to say on his way to court Thursday morning, Hayden simply said "no" while shackled and dressed in an... more »
  • Florida's congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered

    July 9, 2015 11:23 AM

    TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the state's congressional districts, saying the Republican-controlled Legislature violated a constitutional amendment approved by voters 2010. The ruling Thursday means new maps will have to be drawn for most of the state's 27 congressional districts before next year's election. A coalition... more »
  • Appeals court says no A/C needed on La. death row

    July 8, 2015 3:41 PM

    ANGOLA - A federal appeals court said the state prison here does not need to air-condition cells on Death Row, although the state penitentiary needs to provide some relief from the heat for three inmates. The three inmates have high blood pressure and other illnesses, the Associated Press reported... more »
  • St. George battle goes to court Monday Play Video

    July 6, 2015 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The battle over St. George continues today in a Baton Rouge courtroom. A hearing is scheduled on a lawsuit filed by organizers of the new city of St. George movement. The group sued after their latest petition failed. Many people who signed the petition are upset after... more »
  • Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses

    June 30, 2015 2:07 PM

    MOREHEAD, KY - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday morning to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she turned away a lesbian couple who walked... more »
  • Docs testify abortion clinic likely to close if law enforced Play Video

    June 22, 2015 1:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a northwest Louisiana abortion clinic says it probably would close if the state is allowed to enforce a law requiring doctors who perform the procedure to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. Kathaleen Pittman of Hope... more »
  • 'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

    June 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Evidence and testimony will be the order of the day as a federal judge in Baton Rouge opens a six-day trial of three clinics' challenge to Louisiana's law requiring them to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. The docket notes that attorneys for... more »
  • New Roads, Pointe Coupee Parish may go to court over civic center

    June 22, 2015 7:43 AM

    NEW ROADS- The city of New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury may be headed to court over the operation of the William H. Scott Civic Center. Mayor Robert Myer sent a letter in mid-June to the Police Jury in which he threatened to take the parish to... more »
  • Teens could be tried as adults for roles in 2014 murder Play Video

    June 15, 2015 7:11 PM

    GONZALES - Two teens accused of beating 15-year-old Brandon Augusta to death were in court for a 72 hour juvenile hearing Monday afternoon. 17-year-old Kahlil Howard and 16-year-old Kaglin Green appeared before a judge due to their roles in the August 2014 homicide of Augusta, whose body was found... more »
  • Louding's life sentence confirmed by appellate court

    June 8, 2015 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the life sentence given Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding in a murder-for-hire case. Louding was convicted in 2013 in Baton Rouge for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd. Authorities say Boyd was shot to death October of 2009 through... more »
  • Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row

    May 29, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs. Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, says he carefully weighed the... more »
  • Potential redistricting of BR judges based on race Play Video

    May 27, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - White voters in Baton Rouge have disproportionate influence in city court judge elections. Of the five available seats, three of the judges are elected from majority white district even though Baton Rouge is 60 percent African-American. So state lawmakers are working to change that. Wednesday, the... more »
  • Appeals court opens door to some BP settlement appeals

    May 11, 2015 3:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court has opened the door for BP to appeal some claims related to a settlement reached after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The appeals court in New Orleans late Friday ordered a lower court judge to change a procedure that effectively blocked appeals.... more »
  • Livingston Parish cracking down on jury duty skippers Play Video

    May 6, 2015 5:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A handful of residents were found in contempt of court Wednesday after a judge in Livingston Parish cracked down on people skipping jury duty. Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District says the parish started to send sheriff's deputies to hand-serve jury duty subpoenas this year,... more »
  • Small town chief must resign after plea deal over DWI scheme Play Video

    April 28, 2015 3:22 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The town will lose its police chief under a plea deal the now former officer reached with prosecutors in a criminal case over a DWI where the records were cooked. In July 2012, Chief James Jones (pictured right) and Mayor Charles Martin (pictured left) were indicted for... more »
  • All involved in violent home invasion, murder sentenced to prison

    April 22, 2015 10:27 PM

    GONZALES - A three-year-old triple murder case that rocked the usually quiet Ascension Parish ended with convictions of the final three suspects in the case being sentenced to hard labor Wednesday. Rolando Stewart received 63 years; Travis Moore was sentenced to 26 and Devon James received 15. Last year,... more »
  • Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    April 17, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal appeals judges peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday held a special hearing in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's... more »
  • U.S. Attorney: Former oversight board member sold test answers for $500

    April 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology official pleaded guilty to selling answers to board-administered exams, U.S. Attorney Walt Green's office announced Thursday. Winn Johnson, 71, appeared in federal court Thursday where the plea happened. Prosecutors said Johnson accepted cash for answers. He sold the... more »
  • Shelly Sterling wins again in court

    April 15, 2015 8:53 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling can claim another victory in court. A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts. Sterling had claimed that money used to buy V. Stiviano a... more »
  • Skipping jury duty becomes more of a pain than serving for some

    April 14, 2015 10:51 PM

    AMITE - Nine people who skipped jury duty in Tangipahoa Parish had to pay a small fine, promise to sit on a jury this year and do a bit of community service to avoid jail time for contempt of court. Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District, which... more »
  • LSU star player chooses diversion program instead of trial Play Video

    April 8, 2015 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU defensive back, Jalen Mills, enrolled in a pretrial program after being arrested for simple assault. Mills didn't utter a word as he left court today. He is accused of punching a woman last may at an apartment complex near LSU's campus last May. He was... more »
  • Sharper pleads not guilty in New Orleans to rape charges

    April 6, 2015 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL star Darren Sharper entered a not guilty plea Monday in his first court appearance in Louisiana to face charges that he drugged women in order to rape them. However that is considered a legal formality since a magistrate judge can't accept a felony guilty plea.... more »
  • Trial pushed back in gas station beating Play Video

    March 30, 2015 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The trial for a man accused of a racially charged beating at a gas station was pushed back to July after the man's lawyer said he has not seen all the evidence in the case. On Mother's Day two years ago, Donald Dickerson allegedly told another... more »
  • Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court

    March 26, 2015 5:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women. So far, Sharper has pleaded guilty to charges in Las... more »
  • TV host won't testify in Durst's hearing, magistrate says

    March 23, 2015 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate has ruled that prosecutor-turned-TV-host Jeanine Pirro will not testify in millionaire Robert Durst's hearing involving weapons charges. The 71-year-old Durst is in court Monday for a bond hearing. He's accused of killing a female friend in California 15 years ago and is being held in... more »
  • Ex-NFL player Sharper to begin changing pleas in rape cases

    March 23, 2015 2:10 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL star Darren Sharper is set to appear in one court in person and another via video to enter pleas as he seeks to resolve rape and drugging allegations involving women in four different states. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sharper on Monday morning... more »
  • Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration action

    March 19, 2015 3:39 PM

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted... more »
  • Ex-official's appeal based on feds' posting scandal fails

    March 4, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected a former New Orleans-area official's claim that his guilty plea to corruption in 2012 deserves another look because of an online posting scandal that disrupted the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the... more »
  • Alabama county halts all marriages after same-sex ruling

    March 4, 2015 11:28 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mobile County's probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday... more »
  • Guilty verdict in 'American Sniper' trial

    February 24, 2015 9:30 PM

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas - A jury found an ex-Marine guilty of killing 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle and another man late Tuesday. Eddie Ray Routh heard he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Routh shot Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a gun range in February 2013. ... more »
  • Judge finds no probable cause in delaHoussaye case

    February 23, 2015 7:52 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A judge found no probable cause in the case against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye Monday. On his way out of the courthouse, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux had choice words for the judge. "Just because they wear black robes doesn't mean they're always right," he... more »
  • Prosecutors rebut 'American Sniper' suspect insanity defense

    February 23, 2015 2:11 AM

    STEPHENVILLE, TX - Prosecutors are scheduled to continue their rebuttal against the defense of the ex-Marine charged with killing famed Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh is expected to resume Monday in Stephenville, though sleet and cold temperatures in North Texas could... more »
  • Attorney general argues gay couple's marriage is void

    February 20, 2015 2:15 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrates defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court why it should rule their nuptials void. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to elaborate Friday on why he believes... more »
  • Proceeding expected before 'American Sniper' trial start

    February 10, 2015 1:55 AM

    STEPHENVILLE, TX - A judge is expected to hold a pretrial proceeding ahead of opening statements in the trial of the man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper." The procedural matters were scheduled for Tuesday with openings expected Wednesday in the trial... more »
  • Court will allow appeal from subject of 'Serial' podcast

    February 9, 2015 6:32 PM

    BALTIMORE - A Maryland court will allow the subject of the popular podcast "Serial" to appeal his murder conviction. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals approved Adnan Syed's application for leave of appeal on Friday. The 34-year-old Syed was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Both... more »
  • Court prodding people to pay tickets Play Video

    February 9, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference. The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
  • Licciardi pleads not guilty in Sharper rape case

    February 6, 2015 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An ex-law officer implicated in a rape case against former NFL star Darren Sharper has pleaded not guilty to counts of rape, human trafficking and battery. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff, entered his plea on Friday before Orleans Parish Criminal... more »
  • Baker holding warrant amnesty program in February Play Video

    January 27, 2015 4:52 PM

    BAKER - The court system in Baker will start up an amnesty program in February for those with outstanding bench warrants. The program runs the entire month of February for people with warrants dating before Jan. 31, 2015. People will be allowed to have the warrant recalled without paying... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss Perry case on constitutional grounds

    January 27, 2015 3:37 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, ruled Tuesday that the case... more »
  • Plant wins in lawsuit filed by former worker

    January 23, 2015 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man lost his lawsuit against the DuPont plant in Ascension Parish in a ruling that was handed down late Friday night. Jeff Simoneaux sued the company claiming the plant released large amounts of sulfuric acid three years ago. Simoneaux said the sulfuric acid leaked due... more »
  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    January 23, 2015 7:06 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge has struck down Alabama laws banning gay marriage. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled Friday in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their marriage performed in California. Plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand said that they had... 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 »
  • La. lawyers argue against gay marriage in fed court

    January 9, 2015 4:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has made its case against gay marriage to a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Attorney Kyle Duncan, special counsel for the Louisiana attorney general's office, says same-sex weddings are a "novel perception" with unforeseen consequences, and states can and should decide whether... more »
  • Officials want to double Blight Court cases handled in 2015 Play Video

    January 8, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials said Blight Court numbers are in for 2014 and the effort to eliminate eyesores was a success. The system set up by the parish went into effect last September as the court ramped up an an effort to clean the city... more »

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