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  • Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

    October 22, 2015 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill in a rebuke to congressional Republicans. Obama says the bill does a number of good things, but falls woefully short in other areas. He says it "resorts to gimmicks." The White House invited reporters and photographers... more »
  • Second airship launched in test of missile defense system

    August 19, 2015 3:04 PM

    MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - The U.S. military has launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The confirmed launch Wednesday at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aeronautical part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted... more »
  • Senate on track to confirm Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

    February 12, 2015 3:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He will replace Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam War veteran... more »
  • Payton sees promise in Saints' defense

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Hagel testifies Wednesday on Taliban prisoner swap

    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 »
  • Saints' Rob Ryan speaks to area high school coaches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Rams hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

    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 »
  • ULL DC Willis to remain with Ragin Cajuns

    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 »
  • LSU DT Ferguson will not play in Outback check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • LSU Juniors weighing NFL decision after bowl check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    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 »
  • Saints defense seeks improvement vs Newton

    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 »
  • Pennington gets $16 million in defense grants

    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 »
  • Ferguson named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

    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 »
  • LSU's defense looks to carry on tradition

    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 »
  • Smith finding familiar role in Saints new defense

    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 »
  • Saints hoping DB Carr provides depth, experience

    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 »
  • Saints' Vilma says he's in his best shape in years

    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 »
  • Florida knows defense, now works on offense

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Judge: Zimmerman jury can't consider 3rd-degree murder

    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 »
  • Defense rests case in George Zimmerman trial

    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 »
  • Expert: Zimmerman was in worse shape than Martin

    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 »
  • Gunshot expert backs Zimmerman's story

    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 »
  • Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal

    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 »
  • Prosecutor: Zimmerman killed teen 'because he wanted to'

    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 »
  • AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

    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 »
  • Prosecutors, defense rest in Louding murder trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • BP plans to begin its trial defense Monday

    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 »
  • Defense starts for companies in Gulf spill trial

    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 »
  • Reese drops insanity defense, pleads guilty

    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 »
  • No. 25 Louisiana Tech's success built on defense

    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 »
  • Fla. judge: No trial delay in Trayvon Martin case

    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 »
  • Panetta: Drone strike decisions don't come lightly

    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 »
  • Two Saints defense coaches let go

    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 »
  • Military women could soon be in combat

    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 »
  • Prosecutor defends actions in Swartz hacker case

    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 »
  • Panetta defends Obama's gun control package

    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 »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    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 »
  • Congress completes $633B defense bill

    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 »
  • 'Fiscal cliff' offers hint at more defense cuts

    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 »
  • Senate passes $631 billion defense bill

    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 »
  • Eagles fire defensive line coach Jim Washburn

    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 »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    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 »
  • Dominant defense is way of life at Alabama, LSU

    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 »
  • LSU defense confident it can contain Manziel

    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 »
  • Zimmerman wants better management of evidence

    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 »
  • LSU's Sam Montgomery fueled by teammates' dreams

    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 »
  • Obama makes a pitch to veterans, military families

    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 »
  • Romney decries impending defense spending cuts

    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 »
  • Saints point to defensive improvement as a positive

    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 »
  • Ryan: Obama weak on defense in battleground Ohio

    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 »
  • Montgomery named SEC Def. Player of the Week

    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 »
  • Stingy 49ers defense denies Detroit in 27-19 win

    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 »
  • Saints' defense struggling after first 2 weeks

    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 »
  • 13 defense executives bemoan uncertainty of cuts

    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 »
  • Syrian defense minister killed in suicide blast

    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 »
  • Report: 2M jobs lost if automatic cuts kick in

    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 »
  • US to begin new phase of hypersonic flight program

    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 »
  • Defense: I would be shocked if Sandusky acquitted

    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 »
  • Sleepwalking used as defense in attempted robbery

    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 »
  • Ruling against Defense of Marriage Act won't be applied until Supreme Court acts

    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 »
  • Defense rests without Edwards testifying

    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 »
  • Edwards defense to ask judge to throw out case

    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 »
  • Prosecution and defense rest in Lil Boosie case check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Tigers defense seeks spot in LSU history

    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 »
  • LSU-Alabama an old-fashioned showdown

    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 »
  • LSU-Alabama: It's (almost) all about the defense

    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 »
  • Jefferson's attorney files for hearing over charges

    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 »
  • Defense rests in Nelson trial

    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 »
  • Defense attorney questions witness in Nelson trial

    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 »
  • Defense attorneys ask for postponement in Katrina bridge shooting trial

    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 »
  • Defense rests in Greg Harris murder trial

    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 »
  • Prosecution rests in Greg Harris murder trial

    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 »

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