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  • Prosecutor predicts vindication in lawsuit

    October 18, 2017 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans district attorney is predicting he and his assistants will be vindicated amid allegations that they seek arrest warrants and high bails for witnesses and victims who decline to speak to prosecutors. Leon Cannizzaro issued a statement Tuesday saying no individual person who is aggrieved... more »
  • Woman sues ex-prosecutor accused of trading sex for leniency

    April 11, 2017 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A victim's mother is suing a former Louisiana district attorney accused of extorting sexual favors from at least 22 women in exchange for favorable treatment from his office. The racketeering lawsuit was filed Monday by a woman whose daughter was a key witness in an FBI investigation... more »
  • Ex-DA gets 4-year sentence for corruption convictions

    April 5, 2017 4:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The former top prosecutor for two New Orleans area parishes has been sentenced to four years in prison in a federal corruption case. New Orleans media outlets report that Walter Reed received the sentence Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon. Reed is the former district attorney... more »
  • Muslim group urges district attorney to cancel training

    March 5, 2017 12:17 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Muslim civil rights group is urging a Louisiana district attorney to cancel a training seminar on investigating "jihadi operations" in the U.S., calling it biased and a misuse of taxpayer money. Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell's office said in a statement Thursday that it was "surprised... more »
  • Prosecutors wants shooter of Will Smith to serve 60 years

    December 12, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans district attorney says he'll seek a 60-year sentence for the man who shot ex-Saints star Will Smith - the maximum 40 years for manslaughter in Smith's death, with 20 years added for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife. Cardell Hayes is set... more »
  • Mayor on Twitter tirade over Nakamoto report Play Video

    November 4, 2016 6:44 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- The results of a scathing audit released by a company the Town of White Castle hired were turned over to the District Attorney's Office, according to the Legislative Auditor. On Monday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported on the plethora of problems. Many of the issues were reported on... more »
  • District attorneys drop bid to save 'age verification' law

    August 2, 2016 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's district attorneys are dropping their bid to preserve a Louisiana criminal law that requires online booksellers, publishers and other website owners to electronically verify customers' ages before providing access to material that could be deemed harmful to children. A court filing Monday says the district attorneys... more »
  • Mother arrested for whipping children will not be prosecuted

    July 1, 2016 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge mother who was arrested on child cruelty charges after disciplining her children will not be prosecuted, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office. "I think this may help the community say hey parents you should discipline your kids," District Attorney Hillar... more »
  • Defense doesn't want pictures of gruesome murder scene shown in court

    May 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney for a man accused of killing a sex offender who abused his girlfriend submitted motions to prevent photos of the murder scene from being shown at the trial and asking the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office to recuse itself from proceedings.... more »
  • Man's violent past leads to habitual offender status, life sentence Play Video

    May 10, 2016 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman told News 2, the system failed her son after he was sentenced to life in prison for being a habitual offender. In court Tuesday, we learned more about Donald Dickerson's violent past. In the more than two hour sentencing hearing Tuesday, Dickerson's defense attorney... more »
  • Former St. Tammany DA convicted in conspiracy case

    May 3, 2016 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has been convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and making false statements on his tax returns. A federal court jury of six men and six women deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours Monday before returning guilty... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish sets Dec. 5 amnesty day

    November 10, 2015 4:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Anyone with outstanding misdemeanor warrants and traffic tickets in East Baton Rouge Parish can settle their affairs with the courts during an amnesty day scheduled Saturday, Dec. 5. Judges and law enforcement will gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Gus Young Avenue. District... more »
  • 1 dead in Baton Rouge shooting Play Video

    May 11, 2015 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities are investigating a homicide that took place early Monday morning in Baton Rouge. A young man was found shot in the head around 4 a.m. in the middle of E. Grant Street at Tennessee Street. At this time the victim's identity is still unknown. "We... more »
  • Caddo Parish DA passes away at LSU hotel

    April 22, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said a visiting district attorney from Caddo Parish passed away Wednesday morning while staying at the Lod Cook Hotel on LSU's campus. LSU Police responded to the hotel around 8:15 a.m. and said Charles Rex Scott, 67, from Shreveport had died. Police said there... more »
  • Extra troopers to remain in NOLA through 2015 Play Video

    March 12, 2015 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State troopers are headed back to New Orleans to help police handle crime, a move Baton Rouge city leaders say will cost them nearly a million dollars. Starting today 60 troopers will head to the Big Easy, where they will stay for the rest of the... more »
  • Church members spark discussion about how to handle police

    February 21, 2015 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some church leaders are hoping to educate their community on how to handle law enforcement confrontation. Local church members and District Attorney officials met at the Second Baptist church on North Acadian Thruway on Saturday hoping to educate people on the "right way" to handle cops from... more »
  • $350 million bond could fund new DA office Play Video

    December 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor's pending proposal for a $350 million bond initiative would likely fund several aspects of public safety, including a new District Attorney's office. Currently the DA occupies a couple floors in the city's Governmental Building as well as an office near the courthouse and offices near... more »
  • Gonzales man arrested for deadly threats to public officials

    September 19, 2014 9:38 PM

    ASCENSION - Deputies arrested a Gonzales man Friday for allegedly threatening to kill a local judge and a district attorney. Officials arrested Paul Cleveland, 71, at his home on Cornerview Road after allegedly making threats to the judge and the district attorney working his case for his previous DWI... more »
  • Prosecutor claims DA knew about sex offender's deal Play Video

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The lead prosecutor on a case involving a man accused of having sex with four juveniles, says District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla was well aware of the deal that was reached. This week the WBRZ Investigative Unit discovered sex offender Johnny Brown was only sentenced to three... more »
  • Sex offender's release concerns abuse advocates Play Video

    September 15, 2014 4:50 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The upcoming release of a man who was convicted of having sex with four juveniles is alarming advocates who represent sex abuse victims. Two of the victims were 13 years old. In the sleepy town of St. Francisville, advocates for sexual abuse victims want residents there... more »
  • Exchange guns for gas, no questions asked Play Video

    August 22, 2014 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can help East Baton Rouge Parish empty guns from the street while filling up your gas tank. At "Gas for Guns", you can exchange your firearms for gas credits with no questions asked. It's part of the BRAVE Program's efforts to make the city safer.... more »
  • Family wants driver who killed their kids charged Play Video

    August 21, 2014 4:37 PM

    GEISMAR- The family of two children killed in a crash on Bluff Road two months ago wants the driver who caused the wreck charged. The Lanus family said their faith has been getting them through the hard times. Now, they want justice for their children. Daylon and Sarai Lanus... more »

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