December 1, 2014 4:35 PM
METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton says statistics can be deceiving, particularly the number of yards a defense gives up. New Orleans' defense ranks 31st in the NFL, having plummeted from a ranking of fourth last season. Yet Payton sounds encouraged by the progress defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's unit demonstrated... more »
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 »
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 »
June 11, 2014 2:40 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face angry lawmakers Wednesday as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. Hagel is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the deal that secured the... more »
March 27, 2014 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - Les Miles invited Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the Pete Maravich Center to speak to high school coaches from around the state.
While the well-traveled defensive mind gave a quick tutorial on the 3-4 defense, Ryan said the best part of coaching was his players.... more »
February 12, 2014 1:39 PM
ST. LOUIS - Gregg Williams is returning to the Rams as defensive coordinator for the first time since he lost his job in New Orleans as fallout from the bounty scandal. The Rams announced the hiring Wednesday. A news conference introducing Williams will be Thursday. He will replace Tim Walton,... more »
February 6, 2014 10:28 PM
LAFAYETTE - A day after telling Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth he was quitting to take a coaching position at another university, James Willis has reversed his decision and will remain with the Ragin' Cajuns as defensive coordinator. Hudspeth announced Willis' change of heart Thursday. Willis says he changed his mind... more »
December 31, 2013 4:02 PM
TAMPA - Junior defensive lineman Ego Ferguson did not make the trip with his LSU teammates to the Outback Bowl, according to multiple media reports.
Ferguson was an All-SEC Honorable Mention after starting all 12 games at defensive tackle for the Tigers. The six-foot-three, 309-pound tackle registered five tackles... more »
December 30, 2013 1:24 PM
TAMPA - Last year's mass exodus to the NFL certainly took its toll on this year's LSU defensive squad.
Ten Tiger underclassmen declared early for last April's NFL draft, leaving Les Miles the hard decision of playing 14 true freshman in 2014.
Sports 2's Chris Price has more... more »
December 13, 2013 6:15 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
December 5, 2013 8:38 PM
METAIRIE - Malcolm Jenkins doesn't envision New Orleans' defense crumbling for a second-straight week, no matter how similar the challenges of stopping Russell Wilson and Cam Newton may be. Jenkins can point to the Saints' No. 8 ranking in total defense as the basis for his rationale. He'd also like... more »
December 4, 2013 11:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Pennington Biomedical Research Center has received two grants from the Department of Defense totaling nearly $16 million.
The military research and health promotion grants are in support of optimal nutrition, fitness, combat readiness, Warfighter performance and resilience.
The first grants, called CROWN 2 is... more »
September 16, 2013 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Southeastern Conference named LSU junior Ego Ferguson their Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers' 45-13 win over Kent State this weekend.
Ferguson racked up a career-best eight tackles as well as a sack, and had an assisted tackle for a loss.
LSU... more »
August 23, 2013 3:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - There seems to be fewer concerns about LSU's untested defense than there were in March. Defensive coordinator John Chavis faced a major retooling job, having to replace six defensive starters heading into spring practice. But after three preseason scrimmages head coach LSU Miles remarked how difficult the... more »
August 21, 2013 5:35 PM
METAIRIE - When the Saints' Will Smith burst through the line for his first sack of this preseason last weekend, he was lined up at the defensive end spot he's played the first nine years of his career, not at his new outside linebacker spot. Coach Sean Payton says that... more »
August 6, 2013 4:54 PM
METAIRIE - Chris Carr figured he'd get comfortable with the Saints' new defense soon enough. The ninth-year cornerback, who started for one of the NFL's top defenses in Baltimore three seasons ago, now aims to establish a regular role in New Orleans under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was... more »
July 25, 2013 2:23 PM
METAIRIE, La. - Although the bounty scandal is now behind Jonathan Vilma, so are nine punishing NFL seasons. The Saints linebacker appreciates that many may wonder if he's lost a step after 870 tackles since turning pro, and after several left knee procedures the past two years. But the 31-year-old... more »
July 16, 2013 2:58 PM
HOOVER, Ala.- Will Muschamp's defensive acumen has already helped Florida return to the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference. The third-year coach spent most of his appearance at SEC Media Days on Tuesday explaining how the offense plans to catch up. Florida's defense was among the league's best last season,... more »
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 »
July 11, 2013 12:19 PM
SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge. Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution. Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since... more »
July 10, 2013 3:03 PM
SANFORD, Fla. - Defense attorneys have rested their case in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial after calling 18 witnesses over less than a week. Prosecutors now plan to call two rebuttal witnesses. Both sides will then work on jury instructions before presenting closing arguments. The case is then sent to... more »
July 10, 2013 10:26 AM
SANFORD, Fla. - A public safety expert called by the defense says George Zimmerman's physical capabilities were inferior to those of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Former police officer Dennis Root was called as a witness Wednesday by defense attorneys. Root testified that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and... more »
July 9, 2013 4:14 PM
SANFORD, Fla. - A gunshot wound expert hired by the defense has testified that the forensic evidence backs George Zimmerman's account that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when he fatally shot the teen. However, under cross-examination, Dr. Vincent DiMaio conceded that the wound could also be consistent with... more »
July 5, 2013 4:07 PM
SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case. O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He... more »
June 24, 2013 2:17 PM
SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida prosecutor is hoping that George Zimmerman's own words will show that he's guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy began his opening statement today by repeating the words that Zimmerman was heard using to a police dispatcher as... more »
May 14, 2013 7:53 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to at least 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day... more »
April 25, 2013 5:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their respective cases this afternoon in the murder trial of "Marlo" Mike Louding, who's accused of killing six people.
Louding is accused of killing Terry Boyd in October 2009 at the direction of Torrence Hatch, also known as the rapper Lil... more »
April 3, 2013 2:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP plans to call its first witness Monday at a trial designed to identify causes of its April 2010 well blowout and assign fault to the companies involved in the deadly disaster. A federal judge heard testimony Wednesday by two expert witnesses for Halliburton, BP's cement contractor... more »
March 18, 2013 10:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has started to present its defense at a trial designed to determine the causes of the deadly disaster and assign fault to the companies involved. Transocean Ltd. called its first witness Monday... more »
March 14, 2013 2:16 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese, the teen accused of killing an 8-year-old boy almost three years ago, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges today after he dropped his insanity defense.
Reese was scheduled to go to trial Monday on first-degree murder charges. A date for a sentencing hearing has... more »
March 1, 2013 4:02 PM
RUSTON - Second-year Louisiana Tech coach Michael White quickly realized his team wasn't the best at shooting, rebounding or handling the ball. But these Bulldogs run - constantly. It's working for No. 25 Louisiana Tech, which is on a 17-game winning streak mainly because of its frantic, full-court press that's... more »
February 5, 2013 9:04 AM
SANFORD, Fla.- A judge in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has denied a defense request to delay the trial. George Zimmerman's attorneys presented a motion Tuesday asking Judge Debra Nelson to push the trial from mid-June back to November. They... more »
February 4, 2013 2:45 AM
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says decisions to strike potential terrorist targets with unmanned drones don't "come lightly." Panetta says those who authorize the drone strikes make sure they "are focused on somebody who is ... a direct threat to the United States." In an interview released Sunday by... more »
January 24, 2013 5:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints announced this evening they let go Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Secondary Coach Ken Flajole from the organization.
The Saints announced the change on their official Twitter account and their website.
"I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during... more »
January 24, 2013 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce today that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles.
That presents a challenge for the Pentagon as military leaders will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.
... more »
January 17, 2013 3:28 PM
BOSTON - A federal prosecutor who has been sharply criticized following the suicide of an Internet freedom activist appeared to fight back tears as she defended her office's handling of a hacking case against him. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says Aaron Swartz's family has suffered a "horrible tragedy" and that... more »
January 17, 2013 6:42 AM
VICENZA, Italy - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he doesn't understand why anyone outside the military needs assault weapons or armor-piercing bullets.
During a visit with U.S. troops in northern Italy on Thursday, Panetta defended President Barack Obama's sweeping gun control package.
A soldier asked Panetta what steps... more »
January 7, 2013 5:44 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »
December 21, 2012 2:41 PM
WASHINGTON- Congress has completed a $633 billion defense bill for next year and is sending it to President Barack Obama. The Senate voted 81-14 for the sweeping policy measure. The White House has threatened a veto, but it remains unclear whether the president would reject the legislation. The bill covers... more »
December 5, 2012 7:51 AM
WASHINGTON - House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.
... more »
December 4, 2012 4:51 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted for a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill that calls for accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and tightens sanctions on Iran. The vote was 98-0. The legislation would authorize money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provide a 1.7 percent pay raise... more »
December 3, 2012 10:38 AM
PHILADELPHIA - The foundering Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn as they try to fix a broken pass defense amid an eight-game losing streak. Eagles coach Andy Reid on Monday announced former defensive line coach Tommy Brashear is replacing Washburn. The Eagles hired Washburn before last season,... more »
November 9, 2012 2:19 PM
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
October 31, 2012 5:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - For Alabama and LSU, defense is more than just a vital part of the game. It's who they are. Both teams have dominated the defensive rankings in recent years, and this season is no exception. Top-ranked Alabama lost six starters off last year's team in the NFL... more »
October 18, 2012 3:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Kevin Minter doesn't envision LSU's defense fretting over any quarterback, not even explosive Texas A&M dual-threat freshman Johnny Manziel. Minter, a senior linebacker, has been part of a unit that held Oregon in check last season, and which last week racked up four sacks against South Carolina's... more »
October 15, 2012 12:00 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorneys for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman say prosecutors are dragging their feet on turning over some evidence and not turning over other information in a timely manner. On Monday Zimmerman's attorney's also said prosecutors are providing some discovery in a format that's useless for defense... more »
September 27, 2012 4:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sam Montgomery will hop around like a frog near the line of scrimmage if that's what it takes to fire up LSU's defense. Once the center snaps the ball, the defensive end is as ferocious as he is goofy. He had 3 1/2 tackles for losses last... more »
September 27, 2012 3:19 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities. Obama chided rival Mitt Romney for saying, in secretly taped remarks months ago, that nearly... more »
September 27, 2012 3:17 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Mitt Romney is calling the across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January "a gun-to-your-head kind of approach." He says the deal President Barack Obama made with Congress "was a strange proposal in the first place," and he says "it's even stranger that we're seeing... more »
September 27, 2012 10:35 AM
METAIRIE - Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan refuses to let his unit's dreadful statistical rankings discourage him.
Jordan describes the Saints' defense as a veteran unit that not only isn't panicking or fracturing, but is "re-energized" and focused on mastering first-year coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's schemes.
The Saints have... more »
September 24, 2012 4:21 PM
LIMA, Ohio - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama's attempt to cut military spending is putting Americans at risk overseas. Ryan on Monday kicked off three days of campaigning in battleground Ohio by the GOP presidential ticket. Ryan campaigned in the town of Lima (LY'-muh) that's... more »
September 24, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week Montgomery, a junior from Greenwood, S.C., had four tackles, 3.5 of which went for losses in LSU's 12-10 win over Auburn. Montgomery's first tackle for loss resulted in a safety and... more »
September 17, 2012 10:14 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's stingy defense denied Matthew Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and the 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers. Smith completed 20 of 31 throws for... more »
September 17, 2012 10:08 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As long as Drew Brees stays healthy, the New Orleans Saints' offense is going to be just fine. The defense? Now that's a concern. The Saints got pushed around for the second straight week, allowing 463 total yards in a 35-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers on... more »
September 10, 2012 1:12 PM
WASHINGTON - Thirteen defense executives are complaining that the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts to military spending is creating uncertainty that's already affected their industry. Seven senators released copies of the executives' letters on Monday. The six Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman are trying to ratchet up the political pressure... more »
July 18, 2012 7:04 AM
BEIRUT - Syria's state-run TV says the country's defense minister has been killed in a suicide blast in the capital.
Wednesday's attack struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior security officials. State-run TV said some of the officials were seriously wounded.... more »
July 17, 2012 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON - A new report on the government's looming automatic spending cuts estimates they will cost the economy more than 2 million defense and domestic jobs.
The study was done by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University and Chmura Economics and Analytics. It was conducted for the Aerospace... more »
July 6, 2012 6:04 PM
LOS ANGELES - The Defense Department's research arm will seek proposals next month for solutions to technology hurdles in super high-speed flight with a goal of testing a full-scale hypersonic X-plane in four years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday it will host a so-called Proposers' Day on... more »
June 29, 2012 3:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS - State officials are launching their legal defense of Louisiana's new tuition voucher program. The program lets thousands of students from low-performing public schools get taxpayer-funded private school tuition. Opponents' lawsuits say the program is unconstitutional for several reasons. One argument is that Louisiana's constitution requires that money... more »
June 22, 2012 5:02 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says an acquittal of his client on all charges would be "a shock," as jurors deliberate the former Penn State assistant football coach's fate on 48 criminal counts. Joe Amendola told reporters inside the Centre County Courthouse that Sandusky was spending time with his... more »
June 7, 2012 12:41 PM
NEW LONDON, Conn. - A Connecticut man accused of attempting to rob a woman at knifepoint in an elevator at the Mohegan Sun casino says he was sleepwalking at the time. The Norwich Bulletin reports Winston Riley told his attorney he was awakened on March 18 by the woman when... more »
May 31, 2012 12:24 PM
BOSTON - A federal appeals court is rejecting part of the Defense of Marriage Act -- but today's ruling won't be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the case. That means same-sex married couples won't be eligible to receive the benefits denied to them under that law until the... more »
May 16, 2012 10:57 AM
GREENSBORO - John Edwards' defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand. Edwards' defense team rested Wednesday morning. Some court watchers had expected the former U.S. senator and trial lawyer to testify in his own defense.
The move signals... more »
May 11, 2012 7:39 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. - Defense lawyers for John Edwards will ask a judge today to dismiss corruption charges against their client, arguing prosecutors failed to prove the former presidential candidate intentionally violated the law. Such motions are very rarely successful. But after 14 days of testimony and evidence presented by prosecutors,... more »
May 10, 2012 2:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Defense attorneys for the rapper known as Lil Boosie rested their case without calling any witnesses, shortly after prosecutors rested this afternoon in Baton Rouge district court.
Attorney Jason Williams stated they felt the state, which has the burden of proof, did not prove their case.... more »
November 15, 2011 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - Cornerback Morris Claiborne says he and teammates often talk about how they'd like the Tigers' 2011 defense to be remembered as best LSU ever had.
That's a tall order considering the strong defenses fielded by LSU national title teams in 2003 and 2007, which each sent... more »
November 4, 2011 12:22 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The LSU and Alabama showdown promises to be a throwback of old-school football.
Both the top-ranked and barely-tested Tigers, and No. 2 and mostly-unchallenged Alabama are built on power runs and run-stuffing defenses in a time when spread offenses are en vogue and huddles are optional.... more »
November 1, 2011 1:13 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Two of the nation's best defenses will take center stage when LSU and Alabama square off.
Both rank among the top 5 nationally in the major defensive categories going into Saturday night's matchup of the top-ranked Tigers and No. 2 Crimson Tide.
LSU has quarterback... more »
September 16, 2011 3:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The defense attorney for suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson filed a motion today calling for a hearing to have the allegations against his client cleared.
Lewis Unglesby stated in the motion that while Jefferson had been arrested in connection with a fight outside a Baton Rouge... more »
June 21, 2011 4:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - The defense for former New Road Mayor Tommy Nelson has finished calling witnesses in his federal bribery trial in Baton Rouge.
Attorney Page Pate rested his case after questioning FBI agent Darin McAllister about his involvement in the Operation: Blighted Officials investigation of Nelson.
McAllister... more »
June 14, 2011 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The defense had a chance to cross-examine prosecutor's star witness in former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson's bribery trial today.
Attorney Page Pate questioned William Myles about the FBI's tactics during their undercover investigation of Nelson. Myles posed as a corrupt businessman trying to sell local... more »
June 7, 2011 2:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for five current and former New Orleans police officers charged in the fatal shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked for more time to prepare for trial.
The defense team, in a court motion, says it is overwhelmed by material... more »
April 8, 2011 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for Greg Harris rested their defense this morning in Baton Rouge district court.
Harris is accused of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, attorney Chiquita Tate, who was found stabbed to death in her office.
Harris did not take the stand in... more »
April 7, 2011 12:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors have rested their case against Greg Harris, who's accused of killing his wife Chiquita Tate at her law office in Baton Rouge.
Prosecutor Prem Burns rested after about two weeks of testimony, which included blood and DNA evidence taken from Tate's office and couple's home... more »
November 25, 2010 6:41 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Ryan Mallett has made record-breaking almost a weekly occurrence in less than two full seasons at Arkansas. He has set 37 school or stadium records in 24 games with the Razorbacks, and his career passing efficiency (158.6) is third in Southeastern Conference history, For all of... more »
November 23, 2010 11:55 AM
BATON ROUGE – An animal rights group has asked state officials to revoke a truck stop’s permit to have a live tiger named Tony on display.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a petition with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, claiming the tiger’s conditions and habitat at... more »
October 22, 2010 12:30 PM
Lucky, plucky or just plain good?
Fifth-ranked Auburn and No. 6 LSU are the Southeastern Conference's survivors, winning with gutsy comebacks and playcalling, and even being on the right side of officiating rulings.
Neither team has been perfect, but their records remain so at least until after Saturday's... more »
October 19, 2010 5:10 AM
Homeowners who did not receive the maximum Road Home grant award will soon be able to apply for $7,500 to install storm shutters and other defenses on their homes to protect against hurricanes. This week, letters will be sent to homeowners telling them how they can apply for the grant.... more »
October 16, 2010 11:14 AM
The Army Corps of Engineers is doing more work to strengthen the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal, a spot in New Orleans where floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina. The corps says it will reinforce levees and floodwalls along the IHNC to meet beefed-up standards the corps is using in the wake... more »
September 28, 2010 2:13 PM
LSU's defense moved atop the Southeastern Conference in a pair of categories this week, taking over the top spot from Alabama in both total defense and rushing defense. After allowing just 177 total yards to West Virginia, LSU is now limiting opponents to an SEC-best 254 yards per game. The... more »
September 23, 2010 2:53 PM
Defense lawyers in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial say they will call no witnesses after the prosecution rests.
Lawyers for Smith's boyfriend Howard K. Stern and her two doctors said Thursday in Los Angeles they will rest their case with no testimony. Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr.... more »
September 17, 2010 8:15 AM
Defense attorney Richard Bourke, director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, has been appointed to represent 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams in a Calcasieu Parish quadruple slaying case. The appointment came during a Thursday court hearing. The American Press reports Lake Charles defense attorney Charles St. Dizier was... more »
September 16, 2010 10:53 AM
Defense attorneys for a Louisiana judge facing an impeachment trial in Congress have begun trying to undermine the case against him, calling witnesses such as his son who said money he took from lawyers wasn't graft. U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous is accused of accepting cash and other gifts... more »
September 15, 2010 1:27 PM
Dominant defense won LSU national titles twice in the past decade.
That wasn't expected to be the case this season with new starters at seven spots.
Yet even as No. 15 LSU's offense struggles to find its rhythm, the Tigers' youthful defense is making big plays to win... more »
September 6, 2010 5:52 PM
State Police said a DWI crackdown has been a success for the holiday weekend. The official end of the weekend is tomorrow morning. So far, authorities said there have been no alcohol-related deaths reported in Louisiana State Police Troop A. Police said DWI arrests are at about half normal levels.... more »
August 16, 2010 11:37 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he plans to leave his job next year. A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates has... more »
July 29, 2010 4:55 AM
An Orleans Parish judge called a mistrial in a murder case because the defense lawyer had just learned prosecutors had the alleged murder weapon. Kendell Stewart remains jailed on $500,000 bond charged with helping kill 15-year-old Javonte Morgan outside a fast-food restaurant in 2008. The judge rescheduled trial in October.... more »
April 22, 2010 7:52 AM
The Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints are picking last in the first round of the NFL draft, but that's a small price to pay coming off their first Super Bowl title.
The Saints are set to pick No. 32 overall in round one of the draft Thursday night.... more »
April 20, 2010 11:34 AM
The New Orleans Saints have signed former Tampa Bay defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says the 29-year-old Wilkerson, who visited the club last week, has signed a one-year deal.
Wilkerson has played seven seasons in the NFL, the first five with Kansas City and the... more »