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  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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