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  • 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 »
  • Judge sets date to rule on BP plea deal over spill

    December 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
  • Judge poised to deny nativity scenes

    November 19, 2012 7:36 PM

    A federal judge in Los Angeles may deny a bid from churches to force the city of Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park for private displays, including nativity scenes. A lawyer representing the group of churches says he will appeal if that happens. Christmas nativity scenes had... more »
  • Judge approves FTC's $22.5M fine of Google

    November 16, 2012 6:31 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach. In doing so, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a consumer rights group's calls for tougher punishment. Illston issued her ruling late Friday, a few hours after holding a hearing... more »
  • Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

    November 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to give final approval to a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is holding a "fairness... more »
  • NFL responds to Vilma, NFLPA lawsuits

    October 17, 2012 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool. In a response Wednesday to papers the players filed earlier this week, the NFL says its labor agreement gives Goodell the... more »
  • $42.6 million FEMA trailer settlements approved

    September 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Ala., Louisiana suing feds over drilling royalties

    September 6, 2012 2:28 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge has combined lawsuits brought by two Gulf Coast states against the federal government over millions in offshore drilling royalties. Alabama's suit says $7.5 million is at stake and Louisiana's says $2.8 million. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington combined the two suits last... more »
  • "None of the above" loses

    August 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    Nevada's unique voting option of "none of the above" was struck down by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones says it's unconstitutional and since the "none" option can never win, even if it gets the most votes, it makes those votes not count. Nevada is the only state... more »
  • St. Helena school to stay under state control

    July 31, 2012 10:09 AM

    GREENBURG - A federal district judge says he has the authority to transfer the state-run St. Helena Central Middle School back into local school board control but he's not going to do so right now. The Advocate reports St. Helena Parish school system officials argued that the district's dramatic improvement... more »
  • Judge says Arizona's abortion ban can take effect

    July 30, 2012 6:15 PM

    PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy is poised to take effect this week after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg says the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to... more »
  • Judge rejects suit to block contraception mandate

    July 17, 2012 5:53 PM

    LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven states and joined by religious plaintiffs seeking to block the contraceptive coverage mandate in the federal health care law. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys general from Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Plaintiffs... more »
  • Judge overturns Alexandria fortunetelling ban

    July 13, 2012 9:37 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A federal judge has struck down an Alexandria ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. Rachel Adams, a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't... more »
  • Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

    July 11, 2012 3:03 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge is continuing to block a new anti-abortion law in Mississippi. If the law were allowed to take effect, it could shut down the state's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get an abortion in Mississippi. The U.S. Supreme... more »
  • Critical Charges dropped against Hutaree Militia

    March 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    A federal judge dismissed key charges against members of a militia group in Michigan accused of plotting war against the government. The ruling is an embarrassment for the government that planted an FBI informant among members of the Hutaree militia. Prosecutors claimed members were armed for war against federal law... more »
  • Federal judge ends BP's probation for Alaska spill

    December 27, 2011 4:46 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A U.S. district judge has dismissed the federal government's request to revoke a BP subsidiary's probation for a 2009 oil spill on Alaska's North Slope. Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s probation altogether in a written order issued Tuesday. BP was convicted of negligent... more »
  • La., Ala. can seek punitive oil spill damages

    November 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says Alabama and Louisiana can pursue punitive damages against BP and other companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR' bee aye)... more »
  • No ruling yet in bid to overturn Facebook ban

    November 2, 2011 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has called a law that bans certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites a "constitutionally problematic" statute. But Judge Brian Jackson didn't decide Wednesday whether to throw out the new law that took effect in August. Jackson heard arguments from... more »
  • Ex-cop gets 4 years for Katrina cover-up

    November 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has sentenced a former New Orleans police lieutenant to four years in prison for his role in a plot to cover up deadly police shootings on a city bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Michael Lohman faced a maximum of five years in prison for... more »
  • Trial delayed for cop charged in Katrina shootings

    September 12, 2011 4:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a trial for a retired police sergeant charged with plotting to cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Gerard Dugue's trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 26, but his attorney and prosecutors asked... more »
  • Ex-cop to be sentenced Nov. 17 in Katrina case

    August 16, 2011 4:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a sentencing hearing for a former police officer who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Robert Barrios was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. On Tuesday, however,... more »
  • Sentencing delayed for ex-cop in Katrina shootings

    August 10, 2011 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle agreed this week to delay Michael Lohman's... more »
  • Baton Rouge group home wins ruling on eviction

    July 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction that bars officials from evicting members of Oxford House group homes from neighborhoods zoned exclusively for single-family residences. Oxford House is a Maryland nonprofit organization that establishes self-governing group homes for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.... more »
  • Judge rules monks can sell caskets

    July 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that an order of monks can sell caskets without having a Louisiana funeral home license. The monks of St. Joseph Abbey in St. Tammany Parish sued in August, saying the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors maintains a "casket cartel"... more »
  • Family and friends remember Judge Ralph Tyson

    July 18, 2011 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Family, friends and former colleagues of Federal Court Judge Ralph Tyson mourned his loss today with heavy hearts. Tyson passed away early this morning, after an 11-year battle with lung cancer. "We are overwhelmed and encouraged by the outpouring of support dad has received," Tyson's son,... more »
  • Judge orders Nelson's mother out of his bribery trial

    June 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ordered the mother of former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson to leave his bribery trial today, after she was accused of intimidating prosecutors' star witness. Judge Ralph Tyson told Rosetta Nelson he'd received a complaint before court resumed after lunch that she had... more »
  • Judge orders action on 6 deepwater permits

    May 10, 2011 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued the order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department... more »
  • Judge refuses to suppress tapes in Danziger case

    April 18, 2011 6:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to suppress FBI tapes of secretly recorded conversations of New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. During a hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said he found some "troubling issues"... more »
  • Ex-cops sentenced in killing of man after Katrina

    March 31, 2011 3:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man to death without justification after Hurricane Katrina, and his ex-colleague was given just over 17 years for burning the body. The judge said he didn't believe... more »
  • Judge: Lawyers suing BP can see engineer's emails

    March 28, 2011 3:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lead attorneys for people suing BP over last year's oil spill can view emails exchanged between a key engineer for the oil giant and his wife, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday. Judge Sally Shushan said the marital privilege doctrine does not protect the emails Brian... more »
  • Ex-cop's sentencing postponed in Katrina shooting

    March 16, 2011 4:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting a man in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The former officer, David Warren, was scheduled to be sentenced March 24. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk... more »
  • Tucson suspect charged with murders of judge, aide

    March 4, 2011 1:29 PM

    PHOENIX - The suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage has been indicted on new charges that include the murders of a federal judge and a congressional aide. The charges filed Friday were added to other federal counts that 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner already faced in the Jan. 8... more »
  • Jury in ex-lawmaker's trial to keep deliberating

    February 23, 2011 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has instructed jurors to continue deliberating in the racketeering case against a former Louisiana lawmaker even though they appear to be deadlocked. Michael Fawer, an attorney for former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt, said the jury gave U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle a... more »
  • Judge refuses to reduce ex-lawmaker's prison term

    January 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to reduce a prison sentence for a former Louisiana lawmaker who pleaded guilty to helping an unlicensed bond broker launder money. Former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd had asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in November to reduce his prison sentence from 37... more »

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