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  • 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 »
  • Court sides with POM Wonderful in beverage fight

    December 30, 2014 5:37 PM

    PASADENA, CA - A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that denied POM Wonderful's request for a preliminary injunction against... more »
  • Police say drug suspect brought heroin to court

    December 10, 2014 2:12 PM

    SALEM, OR - An Oregon man arriving in court to face heroin possession charges ended up making things worse for himself by showing up with hypodermic needles and what authorities believe was a ball of heroin in his pocket. The Marion County sheriff's office says 23-year-old Michael Durban told deputies... more »
  • Court won't reinstate 'Angola 3' inmate conviction

    November 21, 2014 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the second-degree murder conviction of longtime state prison inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 stabbing death of a guard. Woodfox has long maintained his innocence in the killing. He is one of the state inmates known as the "Angola... more »
  • BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief

    November 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP filed notice Tuesday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... more »
  • Tony the tiger legal battles not over yet

    November 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    GROSSE TETE - The battle to keep Tony the Tiger in his cage, in front of Tiger Truck Stop, is not over. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights group based out of California, is suing the tiger's owner, Michael Sandlin as well as the state. According... more »
  • Government defends elaborate FBI repairman ruse

    November 10, 2014 6:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says it was perfectly legal for government agents to shut off the Internet to three high-roller suites in Las Vegas and have government agents impersonate computer repairmen as part of an investigation into a group of Asian gamblers accused of running an illegal sports betting... more »
  • Family livid after no jail time in deadly hit-and-run Play Video

    November 10, 2014 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a person killed in a hit-and-run wreck are upset after the man responsible didn't get sentenced to jail time Monday. Judge Trudy White sentenced Christian Cvitanovich to five years of supervised probation with 75 hours of community service each of the five years. Cvitanovich... more »
  • Government argues for fed insurance exchanges

    November 3, 2014 3:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is defending its health care law in court, arguing that the text of the law and Congress' intent allow Americans to receive insurance subsidies regardless of whether they're enrolled through insurance markets run by the states or by the federal government. In a federal appeals... more »
  • La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

    October 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005. It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the... more »
  • Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

    October 31, 2014 3:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive. Lawyers for both sides are expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge is scheduled to... more »
  • Companies continue battle for Marvel superheroes

    October 28, 2014 12:25 PM

    DENVER - The Walt Disney Co. says it is tired of fighting the same battle over the copyrights to iconic Marvel comic book characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk. A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in longtime dispute between the company and... more »
  • Arraignment of Destrehan teacher delayed

    October 23, 2014 1:16 PM

    HAHNVILLE - Arraignment of a former Destrehan High School teacher at the center of sex allegations involving a 16-year-old student has been pushed back to next month. Shelley Dufresne, 32, was set to be arraigned Thursday, but will be delayed after Retired Judge Anne Lennan Simon granted the continuance on... more »
  • Appellate court refuses request for rehearing in Slaughter case

    October 7, 2014 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Appellate court justices refused Southern University's request for a rehearing involving its former system president, Ralph Slaugher. In September, the First Circuit overturned a state district judge's ruling allowing Slaughter's home and other property to be seized by the university's Foundation to satisfy debt. The district judge... more »
  • Lawsuits continue over public school funding level

    October 6, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local school board that lost its first legal effort to get more state money for public schools is trying a second lawsuit in the same courthouse, but with a different judge. Judge Michael Caldwell dismissed claims earlier this year that the Legislature didn't properly pass the... more »
  • Nearly 4K may get damages in Chinese drywall suit

    October 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Attorney Leonard Davis of New Orleans said Monday... more »
  • Mayor, police chief want audio tapes thrown out Play Video

    October 2, 2014 6:17 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The longtime mayor and police chief of Springfield went to court Thursday facing felony charges for allegedly covering up a DWI arrest. The pair is accused of reducing charges of an April 2011 DWI to reckless operation. Both were arrested three years ago and face charges of... more »
  • Man faces life sentence in rape convictions

    September 26, 2014 6:17 AM

    GONZALES - A 51-year-old Raceland man faces two mandatory life sentences after an Ascension Parish jury convicted him in the sexual abuse of two girls. Jurors found Edward Caldwell guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of molestation of a juvenile after 40 minutes of deliberation on... more »
  • White House intruder expected to appear in court Play Video

    September 22, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a... more »
  • Agency can look at rig owner's role in oil spill

    September 18, 2014 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC. The company had challenged... more »
  • Blight court holds first meeting Play Video

    September 18, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Blight Court is in Baton Rouge again, and homeowners who aren't taking care of their properties may make the list of people that have to go there. Justin Dupuy, with the Department of Public Works, says the new system is taking the place of the old... more »
  • Abortion rights protesters assemble outside court

    September 12, 2014 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Abortion rights demonstrators assembled outside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans before of the start of a second hearing about the Texas law restricting abortions. Bill Lambert of Houston, one of the Texas demonstrators, was making signs. One read, "Rural Texas Women Need... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans mayor reports to federal prison Play Video

    September 8, 2014 3:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reported to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, to begin serving a 10-year sentence. Nagin arrived at the facility shortly before noon Monday. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he... more »
  • Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

    September 8, 2014 2:07 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court will hear arguments over same-sex weddings. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S.... more »
  • Appeals court rules in favor of Ralph Slaughter

    September 4, 2014 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The First Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a State District Court Judge's decision against former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter. The Judge last year said Slaughter's home and other property can be seized by the Foundation to satisfy debt. It's money he's accused of misappropriating while... more »
  • Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill

    September 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of... more »
  • Baton Rouge business owner admits dumping waste

    September 4, 2014 3:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Zachary man who owns a Baton Rouge business has admitted to dumping unpermitted industrial wastes into the city-parish sewer system between 2009 and 2012 and lying to a grand jury about it. 55-year-old Roger Joseph Dies faces up to 13 years in prison, along with substantial... more »
  • Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

    August 31, 2014 11:07 AM

    DETROIT - The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin just over a year after the city sought court protection in July 2013. The confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history starts Tuesday in federal court. Bill Nowling, spokesman... more »
  • Judge grants parish attorney day in court Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge granted the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper a day in court, but only a portion of her lawsuit will move forward. Friday, Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that he would not tell the Metro Council how to conduct its termination hearing for Roper,... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
  • Trial underway in endangered frog habitat suit

    August 20, 2014 4:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. An estimated 100 to 200 dusky gopher frogs live in Mississippi, with... more »
  • Residents hope to block EBR school redistricting

    August 19, 2014 3:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish residents is back in court, hoping to block a new nine-member redistricting plan that shrank the size of the parish School Board by two seats. The residents filed court papers late Monday seeking an immediate review of a lower court... more »
  • Judge hearing arguments in Common Core lawsuit

    August 18, 2014 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards. District Judge Todd Hernandez is hearing arguments Monday in the preliminary injunction request. The Common Core standards are math and English... more »
  • Anti-Common Core hearing today Play Video

    August 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today. Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law... more »
  • Ex-cop who burned body post-Katrina seeks leniency

    August 15, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer is about to be re-sentenced in connection with one of the crimes that came to symbolize the chaos and law enforcement scandals that followed Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae already is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover - who was... more »
  • Hernandez cousin to plead to contempt charge

    August 12, 2014 7:25 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to plead guilty to a criminal contempt charge in his 2013 murder case. Thirty-eight-year-old Tanya Singleton of Bristol, Connecticut, is due in court on Tuesday. She refused to testify before a grand jury that indicted... more »
  • DA won't seek prison time for Hernandez cousin

    August 11, 2014 8:15 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Massachusetts prosecutors are recommending probation and home confinement instead of prison time for a cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez who is charged with contempt and has said she is dying from cancer. Prosecutors said in a Friday filing they are seeking two years'... more »
  • New Livingston Parish courthouse coming along Play Video

    August 8, 2014 4:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A new $20 million courthouse is nearly complete in Livingston Parish. The new building, located along Highway 63, should be complete in October so agencies can move over in December. The parish raised $18 million by selling revenue bonds. The District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Clerk of... more »
  • Common Core dispute heads to court next week

    August 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of traded accusations between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana's education leaders, the feud over the Common Core education standards gets aired in court next week. Up first is a Tuesday hearing in which Jindal is asking a judge to dismiss parts of a lawsuit filed... more »
  • Former Brusly police chief pleads not guilty to malfeasance, other charges

    August 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    BRUSLY - Former Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley has pleaded not guilty to malfeasance, theft and two counts of forgery. State investigators accused the town's former top cop of stealing seven guns from the Brusly Police Department and forging checks to get extra cash back in June. Detectives booked... more »
  • After guilty verdict, man slashes throat and wrists

    July 31, 2014 8:00 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE- Court staff and prosecutors watched a man attempt to kill himself with a small razor blade after being found guilty of sex crimes Thursday. Authorities said Robbie Frith, 57, slit his throat and both of his wrists just as the court was about to remand him into... more »
  • Hearing today for Bourbon St. shooting suspect

    July 25, 2014 3:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A defense attorney is pushing for a faster "probable cause" hearing for the only suspect arrested so far in a deadly Bourbon Street shooting. The hearing for 20-year-old Trung Le is currently set for Aug. 26. But defense attorney Martin Regan filed a motion saying Le shouldn't... more »
  • Colorado theater shooter in court for hearing on expert testimony

    July 23, 2014 2:04 AM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - The man charged with the Colorado theater massacre is returning to court for the second day of hearings about what kinds of experts can testify at his trial. The hearing resumes Wednesday on a defense motion to bar testimony from firearms experts. On Tuesday, the judge heard... more »
  • Re-entry court will help young offenders avoid return to jail Play Video

    July 22, 2014 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The incarceration rate in Louisiana is higher than any other state in the country. Judge Trudy M. White has been approved to begin a re-entry court through the 19th JDC aimed at changing that statistic. The re-entry court will look to solve the issue of young... more »
  • Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify today

    July 22, 2014 4:46 AM

    LOS ANGELES - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers is set to testify today at the Los Angeles trial to determine whether the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can go through. CEO Richard Parsons will be called as a witness to support Shelly... more »
  • Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing

    July 22, 2014 2:02 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home. Lloyd,... more »
  • Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes

    July 21, 2014 3:53 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - The probate trial on the future of the Los Angeles Clippers will resume today. The trial is dealing with whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. Sterling agreed to the... more »
  • Judge finds Chinese drywall maker in contempt

    July 18, 2014 6:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees - and to stop doing business in the United States - as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. U.S.... more »
  • Another delay in Justin Bieber's Fla. DUI case

    July 16, 2014 2:16 AM

    MIAMI, FL - There's been another delay for pop star Justin Bieber on Florida charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Prosecutors and Bieber's attorney told a judge at a hearing Wednesday they need three more weeks to determine whether the case goes to trial or is resolved... more »
  • Sharper in California court on rape charges

    July 16, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is facing sexual assault allegations in several states, is returning to court in California. Sharper is scheduled to appear Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, where he's charged with drugging and raping two women last year after meeting them... more »
  • The Investigative Unit: From confessional to court Play Video

    July 9, 2014 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge is firing back over a lawsuit involving a local priest who didn't report sexual abuse he knew about to authorities or parents of the alleged victim. The case is now tangled up in court, and has already made its way to the... more »
  • Pistorius' team closes case

    July 8, 2014 5:42 AM

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The chief defense lawyer in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius says he has closed his case, and the judge says final arguments will be held in court over the next two days. Lawyer Barry Roux said Tuesday that he had finished calling witnesses to testify... more »
  • Pistorius: Prosecutor counters witness objectivity

    July 7, 2014 3:52 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has challenged the credibility of a physician who testified that the athlete has an anxious nature linked to his disability. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Monday that the defense witness, physician Wayne Derman, could not be objective... more »
  • Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

    July 6, 2014 11:00 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Attorneys for Donald Sterling and his estranged wife will face off in court as the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hangs in the balance. A trial starting today will focus on whether Shelly Sterling had the right to negotiate the deal to sell the... more »
  • Libyan militant faces detention hearing for Benghazi attack

    July 2, 2014 8:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Libyan militant now in U.S. custody in the Benghazi attacks faces a court appearance where federal prosecutors will argue why he should remain in detention. The hearing for Ahmed Abu Khattala is before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. In court papers filed Tuesday night, the U.S.... more »
  • Lawyer seeks to stop Patriots from paying Hernandez

    July 2, 2014 2:04 AM

    BOSTON, MA - A lawyer for the families of two men allegedly gunned down by former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to bar the Patriots from paying Hernandez a $3.2 million bonus. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting Daniel de... more »
  • Mother's mental health questioned

    June 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA- A judge says he's concerned about the mental state of a woman accused of attempted murder by throwing her kids out of a window and jumping after them. Luz Robledo Ibarra was in court in a wheelchair after suffering a broken pelvis and other injuries when... more »
  • Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

    June 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. The Olympic athlete's murder trial resumed today, after a one-month break during which a psychologist and three... more »
  • Singer Chris Brown expected in DC court

    June 25, 2014 3:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Singer Chris Brown is expected to be in Washington for a hearing on the assault charge he faces. Brown is scheduled Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court. Brown was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in October, accused of hitting a man outside the W hotel. That man... more »
  • Hearing set on gay couples' marriage rights in La.

    June 25, 2014 3:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Wednesday morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights... more »
  • Hernandez due in court in 2012 Boston murder case

    June 24, 2014 2:17 AM

    BOSTON, MA - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a hearing in a Boston case accusing him of the 2012 drive-by slayings of two men. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a casual nightclub encounter. Prosecutors... more »
  • US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

    June 18, 2014 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gives U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to redouble efforts to catch others... more »
  • Landfill on hold pending hearing

    June 11, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new landfill, planned for the northern area of the parish, is delayed until a court hearing. City leaders and people who live near the planned facility don't believe a second landfill is needed in East Baton Rouge. Groups have publicly opposed the plans but the developers... more »
  • Driver charged in comedian's accident due in court

    June 11, 2014 2:06 AM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The truck driver charged in the fatal highway crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people is due for an initial court appearance. Kevin Roper is to appear in state court in New Brunswick on Wednesday to face death by auto and assault... more »
  • Parish to jail misdemeanor criminals Play Video

    June 2, 2014 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law passed in the session will allow courts to collect additional fees for bench warrants to help fund a misdemeanor jail in East Baton Rouge Parish. The law, sponsored by Dan Claitor, allows courts to collect an additional $50 or $25 at city court for bench... more »
  • Court won't stop BP oil spill claims payments

    May 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that it... more »
  • Ex-Patriots player due in court in 2012 killings

    May 28, 2014 2:05 AM

    BOSTON, MA - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due in court to be arraigned on murder charges for allegedly gunning down two men in 2012 after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court Wednesday afternoon in the... more »
  • Livonia baseball playoff run awaits court ruling Play Video

    April 29, 2014 9:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Livonia baseball program awaits a ruling by an East Baton Rouge judge on whether or not the Wildcats will make the playoff bracket. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled one of Livonia's freshman baseball players ineligible last Thursday, retroactively taking away the football team's deepest... more »
  • EBR judge wants domestic violence court Play Video

    April 24, 2014 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge wants to establish a domestic violence court in East Baton Rouge Parish. State District Judge Donald Johnson says the recent domestic related murders in Ascension Parish motivated his ideas to create a new court that he feels would help to curb domestic... more »
  • Court orders drone attack info must be released

    April 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    NEW YORK - A ruling in a federal appeals court says the Obama administration must release its legal justifications for killing U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas with drone attacks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision. The case stems from a Freedom of Information Act... more »
  • Hearing highlights details of triple murder

    April 14, 2014 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Investigators took the stand during a day-long hearing to discuss moving a 16-year-old accused killer from juvenile detention to parish prison and have the case against him heard in district court where he'll face adult charges. Eventually, a juvenile court judge decided to transfer Nakeydran Williams' case... more »
  • Pa. Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal

    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 »
  • Man gets 60 years for gas station slaying Play Video

    March 31, 2014 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A killer pleaded guilty to his crime, and will spend the next sixty years in prison. Phillip Carter, 23, was set to stand trial in the murder of Bobby Nelson, 43, in 2012. Nelson, a fuel truck driver, was killed at a gas station in downtown. ... more »
  • Supreme court puts brakes on CATS lawsuit

    March 21, 2014 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court denied to hear arguments dealing with a lawsuit over the CATS property tax. It means an end to the suit over the controversial tax that voters approved two years ago. Baton Rouge, voters favored the tax by a 54% to 46% margin. The... more »
  • Double murderer gets life in prison

    March 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    AMITE- Giles McGhee, 53, will serve life in prison for killing two people in Hammond two years ago. A jury found McGhee guilty in February and he was sentenced this week. Karum Smith, 40, was found shot along with Tamica Muse, 36, at a house that belonged to... more »

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