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  • Judge to decide if indicted Louisiana sheriff can carry gun

    July 29, 2016 8:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A federal judge will decide if a south Louisiana sheriff accused of making anti-Semitic threats can carry a gun while awaiting trial on charges he directed officers to assault prisoners. Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal already is prohibited from possessing firearms following his indictment, but his attorney says... more »
  • Lawyer: threats made over Confederate statue removal

    January 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city attorney says a contractor the city hired to remove Confederate monuments received "death threats" and has pulled out of the contract. Rebecca Dietz, a city attorney, mentioned the death threats to the contractor during a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Carl... more »
  • Jindal attorneys appeal order on Planned Parenthood funding

    November 5, 2015 7:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has appealed a federal judge's order that the state continue funding Planned Parenthood clinics that serve an estimated 5,200 women in the state. The appeal notice was filed Wednesday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans Planned Parenthood... more »
  • Federal judge rules against Jindal on Common Core

    September 16, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled Wednesday against Governor Bobby Jindal's attempts to block Common Core, saying it is not a curriculum and does not interfere with a state's right to handle education. Jindal filed the lawsuit last year in the run-up to his presidential... more »
  • Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie ruled not guilty

    August 31, 2015 9:01 PM

    CHICAGO- A federal judge ruled that a lawyer charged with coaching lies to his clients was actually doing good legal work and a found him not guilty. Judge Harry Leinenweber pointed to the use of lawyer Beau Brindley's use of question-and-answer scripts as he explained his not guilty verdict.... more »
  • District judge orders La. to recognize same-sex marriages

    July 2, 2015 12:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge ordered Thursday that Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban was officially overturned and the state must recognize such unions immediately. The order from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans specifically said the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in line... more »
  • Bus-jacker found guilty by federal judge

    February 23, 2015 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Attorneys Office in Baton Rouge said a federal judge found a man guilty Monday of kidnapping a school bus driver and stealing her bus last year. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said 38-year-old Jock Jones pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to a federal... more »
  • Gay marriage arrives in Alabama

    February 9, 2015 6:35 PM

    MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama will become the 37th state where gays can legally wed unless the U.S. Supreme Court orders a last-minute stay of a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. Gay couples are expected to seek marriage licenses across the state Monday. Joe Babin and... more »
  • Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

    December 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge says Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols are constitutional and that the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot on Monday ruled against a group of condemned inmates who say the state's use... more »
  • Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

    December 17, 2014 6:01 PM

    CHICAGO - A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad. U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago issued a 21-page ruling Wednesday denying preliminary approval. He did say the deal could be altered to address his concerns, which include the... more »
  • State judge finds gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    September 22, 2014 4:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE- A state district judge ruled the Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional Monday. Judge Edward Rubin's ruling comes not long after a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against the matter in an unrelated case. KATC.com, WBRZ's news partner in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, reported... more »
  • Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

    September 3, 2014 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S.... more »
  • Louisiana following judge's order on abortion law

    September 1, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana health department says it will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a temporary restraining order late Sunday, blocking enforcement of a new law that... more »
  • Federal Judge temporarily blocks La. abortion law

    August 31, 2014 8:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday but officials cannot penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while a challenge is heard. The law would require doctors who perform... more »
  • US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

    August 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    MIAMI - A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in... more »
  • You're no Hershey Bar

    July 22, 2014 8:04 PM

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND- A political candidate in Maryland whose last name is Hershey was ordered by a federal judge to stop using campaign materials that look like the famous Hershey chocolate bars. State Senator Stephen Hershey, Jr. used dark brown signs with white lettering but was sued for trademark infringement... more »
  • Retired federal Judge John Parker dies at 85

    July 15, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retired U. S. District Judge John Parker passed away this week, according to his family and federal court officials. He was 85. The LSU-educated Parker was nominated to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He served as chief judge until assuming senior status... more »
  • Nagin seeks leniency as sentencing nears

    June 13, 2014 6:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The lawyer for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is asking a federal judge to go easy on Nagin when he is sentenced on 20 criminal counts on July 2. Nagin was convicted in February on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering stemming from his two... more »
  • Hershey sues over milking its chocolate bar

    June 10, 2014 7:54 PM

    WASHINGTON- What's in a name is the basis of a lawsuit filed by the Hershey company over use of political advertising that looks like its candy bar. The company sued Maryland State Senator Stephen Hershey, Jr. of improperly using campaign materials that mimic the candy bar. Hershey wants... more »
  • Judge upholds DC gun control law

    May 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has upheld the gun-control law in the District of Columbia, which bans assault weapons and large-capacity magazines while imposing registration requirements for handguns and long guns. In a ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the city seeks to combat gun violence and promote... more »
  • Judge won't disqualify herself over hiring issue

    April 25, 2014 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legal bickering between a Baton Rouge federal judge and an attorney who wants her off his case could continue in an appeals court. The News 2 Investigative Unit reported last week that Judge Shelley Dick hired the wife of U.S Attorney Walt Green, raising eyebrows in some... more »
  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    April 14, 2014 10:31 AM

    CINCINNATI - A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states. Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable. Black's... more »
  • State, feds declare victory in voucher ruling

    April 9, 2014 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Both sides say they are pleased with a federal judge's order that the state must provide the U.S. Justice Department with regular reports on the state's private school tuition program. In a news release, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the order is a victory for the state because... more »
  • HIV patients get temporary reprieve with lawsuit

    February 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has received assurances that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover costs. After receiving the pledge that no payments would be rejected before April 1, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson... more »
  • Judge to hear BP bid to halt payouts

    July 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while... more »
  • DC circuit reviewing judge's alleged misconduct

    June 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who's alleged to have made racially discriminatory comments. Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allegedly said at speech in February that certain "racial groups... more »
  • Ruling doesn't resolve family restaurant squabble

    May 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge's ruling hasn't resolved a family's power struggle for control of Brennan's, one of New Orleans' best-known restaurants. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Friday that Owen "Pip" Brennan, a son of the restaurant's late founder, is a shareholder in Brennan's Inc. and retains his... more »
  • U.S. Army vet jailed for fighting with Syrian al-Quaida

    April 8, 2013 7:36 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA- A U.S. Army veteran accused of joining al-Qaida to fight in Syria will remain in jail pending his trial. Eric Harroun's lawyers tried to argue that he was fighting with Syrian rebels who share the U.S. government's desire to oust the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But prosecutors... more »
  • School truancy fight

    February 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    A school district in Pennsylvania that fined parents excessively for their kids' truancy approved a $265,000 settlement after it was sued. A federal judge ruled the Lebanon School district improperly fined the parents, even though state law allows truancy fines as high as $300. In some cases, the district's fines... more »
  • High court reject's rapper C-Murder's appeal

    February 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has passed up another chance to deal with an anomaly of constitutional law that requires federal juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, but allows states to make different rules. The court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of the rapper known as C-Murder, who is... more »
  • Ex-cop seeks new judge for retrial over shooting

    January 28, 2013 5:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer has asked a federal judge to disqualify himself from presiding over his retrial on charges he fatally shot a man without justification in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath before the man's body was burned in a car. A court filing Monday by lawyers... more »
  • Judge puts a hold on Super Bowl "Clean Zone"

    January 24, 2013 4:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The ACLU said a federal court put a temporary restraining order in place to keep part of the Super Bowl's "Clean Zone" from being put into effect in New Orleans. The zone would restrict the use of banners, signs and flags during the Super Bowl celebrations... more »
  • IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

    January 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ruled that the IRS lacks authority to impose new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers. The ruling Friday from Judge James Boasberg bars the IRS from implementing a host of regulations that would have required tax preparers to... more »
  • Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    January 17, 2013 5:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans said Thursday the bounty matter "feels as protracted and painful as the Saints season... more »

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