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  • 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 »
  • Prosecutors: kidnapping dad faked mental illness

    March 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    TAMPA - Prosecutors say a man accused of kidnapping his two boys and sailing to Cuba last year faked a mental illness. The bombshell was dropped during a court hearing today in Tampa where a judge was to determine the mental facility Joshua Hakken would go to for treatment.... more »
  • Man guilty in triple murder shooting

    February 27, 2014 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A jury convicted a man Thursday night of killing three people more than two years ago. Courtney Williams was found guilty of killing his ex, Clarissa Cobbing, and Britney Lee along with Josephine Lathers, Lee's grandmother on Progress Street. Another man was wounded during the shooting. ... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • Oil chief skips subpoena because deposition hurt his heart

    February 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday. Briggs... more »
  • Ascension Schools discrimination case set to begin Play Video

    February 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal lawsuit first filed in 2008 claims the Ascension Parish School Board discriminated when it redrew district lines to alleviate overcrowding. The plaintiff in the case, Darrin Kenny Lewis, claims that when Ascension went through a redistricting process the school board forced his children into East... more »
  • Trial begins for man accused of running over child Play Video

    January 17, 2014 5:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Trial is underway for a man accused of running over a child in Watson last year. Brad Welch, is charged with negligent homicide. Police say 6-year-old Tyler Myers had fallen from his scooter and was lying on the sidewalk when Welch turned into his driveway, running over... more »
  • Trial against Painter continues Friday

    December 19, 2013 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Friday, jurors will continue deliberating whether or not former Alcohol Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter is guilty of computer fraud and lying to the FBI. At 10:00 Thursday night, they decided to end deliberations for the day and return the following morning. Painter, accused of spying... more »
  • NC court preserves ACC lawsuit over Maryland exit

    November 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C.- A North Carolina appeals court is clearing the way for a lawsuit that could force the University of Maryland to pay a $52 million fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. A Court of Appeals panel rejected Maryland's bid to dismiss the lawsuit filed in the ACC's headquarters... more »
  • Burn victim convicted of lying

    November 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    WINNSBORO- A woman who lied about being set on fire by the KKK pleaded guilty to charges in North Louisiana. Sharmeka Moffitt was sentenced to prison, but it was suspended and she is on probation. Moffitt will have to pay fine, KNOE TV reported Friday . In October... more »
  • Man facing execution has unlikely ally

    November 11, 2013 7:32 PM

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI- A prisoner scheduled to be executed has support from an unlikely source, a man he shot and paralyzed. Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt was shot by Joseph Paul Franklin 35 years ago, although he is not charged with that. Franklin is set to die in... more »
  • Hit and run court date postponed Play Video

    November 8, 2013 2:17 PM

    GREENSBURG- The Livingston Parish School Board president accused of a hit in run that killed a man in Saint Helena Parish didn't have his day in court as planned. Malcolm Sibley, 66, was supposed to have an arraignment in Saint Helena Parish, but it was postponed because the judge... more »
  • Girlfriend of ex-Patriot Hernandez due in court

    November 6, 2013 8:54 AM

    FALL RIVER, Mass.- The girlfriend of Aaron Hernandez has another scheduled court appearance after being charged with perjury in connection with the murder case against the former New England Patriot. A hearing for Shayanna Jenkins is set for Wednesday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty last... more »
  • Appeals court rules against birth control mandate

    November 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate in the new federal health care law have won a ruling in an appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the mandate limits the right to free exercise of religion. ... more »
  • Parents' intervention at issue in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fight over government-funded private school tuition vouchers is back in federal court. At issue in a Wednesday hearing is whether parents voucher students should be allowed to intervene in a court case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. The U.S. Justice Department filed... more »
  • 4 dismissed Vanderbilt players due in court

    October 16, 2013 8:48 AM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping an unconscious female student are due in court for a discussion date. The Wednesday hearing likely will focus on housekeeping matters like the dates of future hearings. The four players charged in the June 23 rape are safety Cory Batey,... more »
  • Monks, caskets win!

    October 15, 2013 10:53 PM

    COVINGTON- Monks at the abbey here will be able to make and sell their plain, low-cost caskets since the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal filed by the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The state board sued, claiming St. Joseph Abbey was not licensed to... more »
  • Ex-Patriot Hernandez due in court in murder case

    October 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due back in a Massachusetts court for the first time since being arraigned on a murder charge. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez was indicted in August... more »
  • Zachary going after unpaid tickets

    October 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    ZACHARY- People who skipped court here can expect to be published on the Internet. The police department is listing the names, ages, and offenses of people with outstanding warrants. At the end of October, the 4,000 people on the list can expect to get a visit from police. ... more »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 7, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The focus of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP's blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting... more »
  • Two former Monroe councilmen sentenced

    September 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court today. They were convicted more than two years ago of racketeering charges for accepting bribes. Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months. Both were... more »
  • Judge rules IG can investigate N.O. School Board.

    September 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the city of New Orleans can investigate the Orleans Parish School Board. State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno made the ruling that was released today. The School Board was denied a request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial... more »
  • Death penalty protocol focus of Mass. bomb hearing

    September 23, 2013 8:53 AM

    BOSTON - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will ask a judge to discuss the timeline and procedure for prosecutors to decide whether to seek the death penalty. The status conference is being held Monday in federal court. The 20-year-old Tsarnaev isn't expected to attend. U.S.... more »
  • La. Supreme Court returns law license to ex-judge

    September 21, 2013 12:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court is allowing a former judge that it disbarred to practice law again. The court, in a Friday opinion adopted by a 5-2 vote, said former Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge C. Hunter King, could rejoin the bar. In 2003, the high... more »
  • Group seeks big cut in number of Orleans judges

    September 4, 2013 7:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-based government watchdog group says the city could save $14 million a year by reducing the number of judges in the local court system from 45 to about 20. The report was issued Tuesday by the Bureau of Governmental Research. A report by... more »
  • Court overturns La. man's stay of execution

    August 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court overturned a judge's order today which canceled the execution of a DeSoto Parish man convicted of beating and scalding his 6-year-old stepson to death in 1992. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. District Judge James... more »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Baton Rouge to get tough on litter bugs, eventually

    August 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city's public works department is trying to rid streets of blight and junk, but are running into problems because the litter court isn't functioning. There is an apparent breakdown in the city's litter court set-up. There was a discussion about the problems Monday night in an... more »
  • Ex-Patriot Hernandez due in court in murder case

    August 22, 2013 7:24 AM

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is due to appear again in court for a hearing on what evidence prosecutors have in the murder case against him. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Thursday. A judge granted a delay last month in the proceeding after... more »
  • Judge makes plea in love triangle case

    August 21, 2013 7:39 PM

    CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA- A judge pleaded not guilty to corruption charges for having an affair with his former secretary then trying to put her husband in jail after the tryst went sour. Judge Michael Thornsbury now faces trial in October. He is out of jail on a $10,000 bond. The... more »
  • NSA collected thousands of US communications

    August 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nations' top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions showing how the National Security Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism, how it revealed the error to the court and... more »
  • Levee board's suit moved to federal court

    August 13, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies has been transferred from state to federal court at the request of one of the companies, but the move may be temporary. In a court filing Tuesday, attorneys for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. argue... more »
  • Police enter 'not guilty' pleas in ticket quota case Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    HENDERSON - The police chief and deputy chief of Henderson pleaded not guilty today to charges they ran a ticket quota system, awarding officers who wrote more traffic violations. Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd each face charges of public payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and... more »
  • Dickerson enters plea in "wrong neighborhood" attack

    August 6, 2013 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man accused of attacking a family at a gas station earlier this year pleaded not guilty today to the charges against him. Donald Dickerson entered the plea this morning during an arraignment over charges of second degree battery and failure to register as a sex... more »
  • Sheriff protects gay workers in new discrimination policy

    July 31, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff said Wednesday, his department's nondiscrimination policies were rewritten to add protection for gay employees. The changes comes in a week where the department was been under fire from activists for allegedly targeting gay men meeting in parks to plan sexual encounters.... more »
  • Denise Slaughter not held in contempt of court

    July 31, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Timothy Kelley found Denise Slaughter did not intentionally try to mislead the court when seeking a delay in the proceedings against her and her husband, former Southern University system president Ralph Slaughter. The judge initially thought Slaughter misrepresented herself in court earlier in... more »
  • Sheriff's office will cover court costs for gay men nabbed in sting

    July 30, 2013 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office said it will ask for court costs to be waived for men arrested under an outdated an unconstitutional law still on the books in Louisiana. Twelve men were arrested during a stink at parks, when they arranged to have sex... more »
  • Appeals court strikes down NYC's big-soda ban

    July 30, 2013 11:01 AM

    NEW YORK - New York City's crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice. An appeals court ruled Tuesday that New York City's Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants. The... more »
  • Other jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

    July 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Four of the six jurors from the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from statements another juror made in a televised interview. The four jurors issued a brief statement Tuesday on court stationary saying the opinions expressed by Juror B37 are not... more »
  • SU Foundation files to seize Slaughter's assets

    July 16, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Southern University Foundation is moving forward with collecting the assets of former system president Ralph Slaughter. Slaughter owes the foundation about $500,000 from unapproved expenses during his tenure. The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained court documents that show the foundation will seize Slaughter's $1.3... more »
  • Defense begins closings in George Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun their closing arguments at his second-degree murder trial in Florida. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Friday began his last effort to convince six jurors that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. The jurors could... more »
  • Louding's letter to Lil Boosie: "keep your head up"

    July 10, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- WBRZ News 2 obtained a letter, written by convicted hitman Michael Louding, to rapper Lil Boosie. The letter was presented during a hearing this week concerning Louding's sentence for being hired to kill a man in October 2009. The page and a half, handwritten letter contains... more »
  • More warrants issued in "Operation: No Show"

    July 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    ASCENSION - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced more warrants issued in an ongoing effort to deal with people who miss court dates called "Operation: No Show". Deputies said the following people ignored their court date, leading to a bench warrant being issued by the court for failure to... more »
  • Alleged bomber heads for 1st public court hearing

    July 10, 2013 10:10 AM

    BOSTON - There's a heavy police presence at the federal courthouse in Boston where accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will make his first court appearance later today. The courthouse is expected to be jammed for the arraignment, with some space reserved for families of the bombing victims. By early... more »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    July 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Appeals court to hear dispute over BP settlement

    July 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP's massive Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for the... more »
  • Truck stop tiger case goes to La. Supreme Court

    July 3, 2013 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The owner of a truck stop near Baton Rouge has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let him keep a 12-year-old tiger named Tony. Attorney Joan Treadway Morris, of Baton Rouge, says she filed the writ for Michael Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete, about... more »
  • Slaughter asset split deemed illegal, wife could be held in contempt Play Video

    June 27, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Timothy Kelley ruled Ralph Slaughter's attempt to transfer his assets into his wife's name was not only illegal, but an attempt to defraud Southern University's System Foundation. The foundation argued that Slaughter moved the assets, including his $1.3 million dollar home and cars,... more »
  • Slaughter returns to court over asset transfer

    June 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Southern University System president Ralph Slaughter is set to appear in court Thursday over claims he fraudulently transferred his assets into his wife's name to avoid paying a debt. Today's proceedings were postponed two weeks ago after his wife failed to bring her attorney to... more »
  • Past police calls can be used in Zimmerman trial

    June 26, 2013 8:37 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A central Florida judge has ruled that police dispatch calls George Zimmerman made in the months before he fatally shot Trayvon Martin can be admitted at his murder trial. Judge Debra Nelson made the ruling Wednesday, a day after a prosecutor argued that the calls were central... more »
  • Orleans Parish sheriff testifies about jail finances

    June 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who runs New Orleans' notoriously violent jail has begun testimony in federal court on the lockup's finances. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday began going over ledger figures, hoping to make the case that he needs more money from the city to implement court... more »
  • Data: Louisiana public defenders running deficits

    June 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's public defenders offices ran deficits last year, requiring them to dip heavily into fund balances to keep operations afloat as they struggle to represent clients who can't afford attorneys. According to an annual report issued by the state legislative auditor's office,... more »
  • Truck stop mulls Supreme Court bid to keep tiger

    June 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    GROSSE TETE - The lawyer for a truck stop fighting for the right to keep a live tiger on display says the case will be taken to the state Supreme Court if necessary. A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday refused to reconsider its April... more »
  • Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban

    June 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    NEW YORK - A state appeals court is considering whether to allow New York City to ban oversized sodas and other large sugary drinks at city restaurants as part of its war on diabetes and obesity. The city's Board of Health enacted a rule last year that would put a... more »
  • Error allows accused killer to leave jail

    June 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A mistake led to an accused killer getting out of jail when he was not supposed to be free. Cardale Green turned himself in Friday after being on the streets for a day. The district attorney's office said a court clerk mixed up paperwork with a... more »
  • Appeals court ends block police reform pact

    June 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a setback for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, a federal appeals court has ended its block of a potentially expensive agreement to reform the city's troubled police department. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the reforms temporarily last week. But the appeals court lifted... more »
  • Court temporarily blocks N.O. police reforms

    May 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has agreed to temporarily block the enforcement and implementation of a plan to reform the troubled New Orleans Police Department, but the order may only last a few days. On Thursday, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily... more »
  • St. John Council awards contract for court changes

    May 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The St. John the Baptist Parish Council has awarded contracts to renovate the Parish Courthouse in Edgard and complete a pipeline to St. Charles Parish that will help provide water for St. John during emergencies. The Times-Picayune reports the courthouse expansion and renovation project was awarded Tuesday... more »
  • Mayor scheduled to face contempt charges

    May 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter is scheduled to be in court this morning to face accusations she violated a judge's order to stop interfering with the Port Allen chief financial officer's job. Judge Alvin Batiste ordered Slaughter back in February not to hinder Audrey McCain's work after Slaughter... more »
  • Court filing: New jail won't fix old problems

    May 24, 2013 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Inmates' lawyers and the U.S. Justice Department say the current design of a $145 million jail under construction in New Orleans won't meet requirements of a reform agreement signed by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. In papers filed Thursday at federal court, they say the facility lacks... more »
  • Investigation: appeal filed in case over man never serving sentence

    May 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    GONZALES- Prosecutors filed an appeal after they lost a hearing to have a man serve time for a crime he was convicted of nearly twenty years ago. Stanley White never served a sentence for killing an eleven-week-old in a crash. A mistake in the justice system has been blamed... more »
  • US government files morning-after pill appeal

    May 13, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW YORK - The government has filed a last-second appeal that will delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription. The appeal was filed shortly before a noon Monday deadline. Brooklyn federal Judge Edward Korman says politics is behind efforts by Secretary... more »
  • OJ Simpson heads to court to fight for freedom

    May 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    LAS VEGAS - The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. His 1995 trial is the stuff of legends, the... more »
  • Kobe: Mom wasn't given permission to sell my stuff

    May 9, 2013 10:07 AM

    CAMDEN, N.J. - Kobe Bryant says in a court filing that he never gave his mother permission to sell mementos from his high school days and early professional basketball career. Bryant is in a court battle over whether hundreds of items can be auctioned off. Pamela Bryant says... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • Kobe Bryant battles mom, NJ business over auction

    May 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    CAMDEN, N.J.- Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementos from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career. A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's... more »
  • 'Billy the Exterminator' drug charge: guilty plea

    May 1, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - William "Billy" Bretherton's attorney says the star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator" has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana. Allyn Stroud says Bretherton was put on probation for a year and prosecutors dropped charges against his wife. Billy and... more »
  • Mayor to face contempt accusations in court

    April 30, 2013 10:42 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A hearing to determine if Mayor Deedy Slaughter of Port Allen violated a judge's order not to interfere with the city's chief financial officer has been continued until May. Today Mayor Slaughter had new attorneys representing her. Judge Alvin Batiste told both sides the court issued... more »
  • Judge: LSU must release candidates' names

    April 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge ruled today that LSU must release the names of candidates who were considered for the newly-formed president's position. F. King Alexander, from California, was selected from a pool of candidates, but his was the only name released. Journalists sued when LSU refused to release... more »
  • Prosecution expected to rest today in Louding trial

    April 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The prosecution is expected to wrap its case against "Marlo" Michael Louding Thursday in district court. Wednesday night, the getaway driver in the murder for hire plot, Adrian Pittman, testified against Louding for a lesser sentence. Pittman pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November for his... more »
  • Covington contractor pleads guilty in loan case

    April 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 40-year-old Covington contractor pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false records with a bank to obtain a $3.45 million loan. Raymond Grow III pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement in his loan application to First American Bank and Trust... more »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    April 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster. Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
  • Judge recuses himself in White case

    April 15, 2013 10:34 PM

    GONZALES- A judge assigned to a hearing to decide if a man should serve prison time for a deadly car crash 19-years ago has recused himself. Judge Thomas Kliebert was to preside over Stanley White's hearing. Instead, Judge Jesse LeBlanc will handle the case. White was convicted for... more »
  • BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

    April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
  • AG wants court to make man go to prison

    April 11, 2013 10:23 PM

    GONZALES- The Attorney General said a man, convicted in connection with a deadly car crash in Ascension Parish almost two decades ago, should report to prison to serve his sentence. The A.G. recommended a lower court revoke Stanley White's appeal bond. White was sentenced in July 1995 and sentenced... more »
  • Texas college stabbing suspect heads to court

    April 11, 2013 8:52 AM

    HOUSTON - A man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Houston-area college is set to make his first court appearance since being charged in the attack. 20-year-old Dylan Quick is charged with three counts of aggravated assault in the Tuesday attack at Lone Star Community... more »
  • Suspect in feticide case pleads insanity Play Video

    April 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The man accused of cutting his unborn child from his wife's womb changed his plea in court today. Represented by a new lawyer, Jeffery Reynolds entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Reynolds faces feticide charges for the attack in October 2012.... more »
  • Sheriff testifies in hearing on Orleans jail

    April 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Testifying in a federal hearing, New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman raised the possibility that a video depicting drug use and weapon possession in the jail he oversees may have been doctored. Gusman was imprecise on exactly when he first saw the videos made in 2009. And he... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in Gulf spill settlement

    April 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has appealed a federal judge's interpretation of settlement terms governing payouts to businesses that claim the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. BP has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month's ruling by District... more »
  • Accused drunk driver case heads back to court

    April 4, 2013 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The case against the man accused of killing a cyclist last year returns to court today. Police say Joseph Branch had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit when he struck Nathan Crowson and Daniel Morris on Perkins Rd. back in January 2012.... more »
  • Oil spill trial to resume today

    April 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Legal proceedings in the 2010 deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to resume Tuesday with testimony expected from a Halliburton employee who was on the rig when it exploded. Jesse Gagliano worked on the failed cement job that led to BP's well blowout. He was interviewed by... more »

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