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  • Judge asked to reject new trial request in attorney's death

    November 11, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge prosecutors are asking a state judge to deny Greg Harris' request for a new trial in the brutal 2009 stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge law office. Harris, who is serving a 40-year prison term for manslaughter, claims in... more »
  • Mississippi lawmaker apologizes over 'black judge' comment

    October 19, 2015 12:25 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A white Mississippi lawmaker is apologizing for saying at a local Republican meeting that "a black judge" would decide how to spend money on public schools if state voters approve an education funding initiative. Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter, who lives in the northern Mississippi town of Burnsville,... more »
  • Family, school district fight over residential status

    October 7, 2015 7:46 PM

    CENTRAL - A family and the Central School System are facing off in court after the school district said a student could no longer attend Central High. The parents, Billy and Tonya Burkette, stated their case before a judge in a Baton Rouge courtroom Wednesday. The Burkette's had their 14-year-old... more »
  • Judge blocks order cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Utah

    September 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A judge has blocked an order by Utah's governor to cut off federal money from going to the state's Planned Parenthood organization. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a restraining order Tuesday during a hearing in federal court to allow the money to keep flowing to the group... more »
  • Federal judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song in public domain

    September 22, 2015 9:52 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A federal judge has ruled that the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties for the song "Happy Birthday To You" does not hold a valid copyright to the popular tune that is sung worldwide. U.S. District Judge George H. King ruled Tuesday that the... more »
  • Darren Sharper rape case co-defendants seek separate trials

    September 22, 2015 1:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Co-defendants of former NFL star Darren Sharper in Louisiana sexual assault cases have asked a federal judge for separate trials. Erik Nunez and former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi are the remaining defendants in state and federal cases in which Sharper has pleaded guilty.... more »
  • Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions

    August 25, 2015 6:42 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday in a case where three inmates have sued. An online federal court docket reflects that Wingate has issued a restraining order,... more »
  • Angola inmates ask for rehearing on death row heat case

    August 10, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State corrections officials complained last fall to a federal appellate court that a federal judge was micromanaging the state prison by ordering heat indexes on death row not top 88 degrees from April through October. Now, the three death-row inmates whose lawsuit against the state prompted Judge Brian... more »
  • Federal judge throws out death sentence in double murder

    July 28, 2015 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge has overturned Todd Wessinger's death sentence in the shooting deaths two decades ago of restaurant co-workers 27-year-old Stephanie Guzzardo and 46-year-old David Breakwell. U.S. District Judge James Brady ordered a new penalty phase hearing be held for Wessinger who has been on death row... more »
  • Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman

    July 27, 2015 6:09 PM

    CARROLLTON, Ga. - A judge in Georgia is correcting the record about a mental health evaluation of the man who killed two people and himself inside a Louisiana movie theater last week. The family of John Russell Houser obtained a protective order against him in 2008 after their lawyer... more »
  • Judge: State should pay $137M more to local school districts

    July 20, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says the state owes local public schools $137 million because lawmakers didn't properly pass previous school funding formulas. Judge Janice Clark issued her decision Monday. The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board filed a lawsuit claiming the Legislature didn't meet passage requirements... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    July 7, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled Tuesday that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led... more »
  • Judge dismisses St. George signature challenge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 6, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge dismissed a challenge from St. George supporters Monday who felt voting officials incorrectly excluded some signatures from their petition to incorporate part of East Baton Rouge Parish. Judge Wilson Fields ruled the Registrar of Voters Office did its job correctly by excluding anyone's signature... 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 »
  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    July 1, 2015 1:39 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama. Granade says state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples because... more »
  • 'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

    June 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Evidence and testimony will be the order of the day as a federal judge in Baton Rouge opens a six-day trial of three clinics' challenge to Louisiana's law requiring them to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. The docket notes that attorneys for... more »
  • Court extends order blocking 'Angola 3' member's release

    June 12, 2015 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three. A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's release and barred the state from trying him a third time... more »
  • Ruling likely Thursday in child's beating death

    June 10, 2015 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge says she needs more time to decide the fate of a Baton Rouge man accused of murder. Randy Parker faces life behind bars for brutally beating and killing his ex-girlfriends one year old son at his home four years ago. Testimony in his bench... more »
  • Judge rules against plaintiffs in Baton Rouge court lawsuit

    June 10, 2015 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson has denied a lawsuit that seeks to remake the racial balance of the five-judge Baton Rouge City Court. Jackson urged the Legislature Tuesday to update its boundaries and election setup in a way he legally could not so they would conform with... more »
  • Media wants Benson trial to be public

    May 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More people are getting involved in Tom Benson's legal battle. ESPN and other media outlets are saying the trial should be open to the public. Earlier this month a judge ruled the trial would be closed. Now, the media is asking to have that decision... more »
  • Security changes at Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse

    May 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    NEW ROADS- Pointe Coupee Parish officials implemented several changes at the courthouse in New Roads in an effort to improve security. Anyone entering the courthouse, whenever court hearings are taking place, will only be able to do so at the courthouse's front entrance. Visitors will have to show identification and... more »
  • Potential redistricting of BR judges based on race check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 27, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - White voters in Baton Rouge have disproportionate influence in city court judge elections. Of the five available seats, three of the judges are elected from majority white district even though Baton Rouge is 60 percent African-American. So state lawmakers are working to change that. Wednesday, the... more »
  • Judge says New Orleans police reforms not fast enough

    May 21, 2015 5:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says efforts by the New Orleans Police Department to eliminate unconstitutional practices and turn the city's police into a modern force are moving too slowly. At a court hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan said she wanted to see more progress in a... more »
  • Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

    May 12, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Baton Rouge says there is a rational reason for Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges, but the law could still turn out to be an undue burden on women who want abortions. District Judge John deGravelles threw... more »
  • Livingston Parish cracking down on jury duty skippers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 5:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A handful of residents were found in contempt of court Wednesday after a judge in Livingston Parish cracked down on people skipping jury duty. Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District says the parish started to send sheriff's deputies to hand-serve jury duty subpoenas this year,... more »
  • Man's dream home becomes literal power struggle

    April 24, 2015 8:14 PM

    CENTRAL - A property owner found himself in a power struggle over his dream home he built on a 7-acre plot of land. Vernon Raiford owns the property located off Blackwater Road in Central. He built his new house next to his daughter's house, on the same plot of... more »
  • Judge says this isn't first try to get more courthouse security check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 10, 2015 6:58 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - The judge who is pleading for more security in the courtroom said he made his first request three years ago and nothing was done about it. Judge James Best told News Two's Investigative Unit that he first sent a letter to officials three years ago explaining... more »
  • Arraignment scheduled for Friday for Sharper co-defendant

    April 10, 2015 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana co-defendant of former NFL star Darren Sharper in Louisiana-based sexual assault cases is set to go before a federal judge. Brandon Licciardi faces multiple charges in the federal case. They include allegations that he and Sharper distributed drugs to women, intending to commit rape. His... more »
  • The GBR Cat Club's Easter Eggstravaganza check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 24, 2015 7:10 AM

    GONZALES- The Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club will hold its 42nd annual Cat Show at their Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend. The president of the club, Larry Johnson, brought his Main Coon cat, Pumpkin, by 2une In this morning to tell us more about the event. "We have six... more »
  • Federal judge asked to toss some claims in abortion lawsuit

    March 19, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge is considering a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to throw out part of a legal challenge against a state law that adds new restrictions to abortion doctors. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30... more »
  • Report: Area judge going after people who skip jury duty

    March 5, 2015 10:24 PM

    AMITE - A judge is following through on his promise to get people to show up for jury duty, even having them summoned to court when they don't appear to serve during a trial. Fourteen summons have been issued by the chief judge of the 21st Judicial District Court,... more »
  • Judge cancels Satsuma election after lawsuit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2015 4:51 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish community of Satsuma will not get the chance to vote on the possible incorporation next month after a judge threw out the election Monday night. Judge Brenda Ricks put a stop to the March 28 election after ruling on a civil lawsuit filed by... more »
  • Judge finds no probable cause in delaHoussaye case

    February 23, 2015 7:52 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A judge found no probable cause in the case against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye Monday. On his way out of the courthouse, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux had choice words for the judge. "Just because they wear black robes doesn't mean they're always right," he... 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 »
  • Ex-La. health secretary says transcript release improper

    February 4, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana health secretary Bruce Greenstein is asking a judge to throw out his perjury indictment because the attorney general's office released his grand jury testimony to the public. Lawyers for Greenstein filed the motion Wednesday with Judge Louis Daniel, saying the release of the testimony violated... more »
  • Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

    January 15, 2015 4:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4... more »
  • Woman accused of cyberstalking, defaming judge

    January 15, 2015 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish arrested a woman accused of defaming and cybserstalking a judge who was presiding over a child custody custody case in which she was involved. Investigators said they were contacted by an EBR Family Court Judge on Jan. 8 who... more »
  • US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

    December 16, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of... more »
  • Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

    December 16, 2014 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics. That total would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats... more »
  • Judge suspended over free trip

    December 9, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judicial officials ordered that a West Baton Rouge judge be suspended for 30 days for improper actions regarding two cases in 2009 and 2010. Judge Robin Free was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $6,000 to the Louisiana Judiciary Commission for the investigation into his actions.... more »
  • Empty juror pools have judges hand-delivering summons check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 4, 2014 6:22 PM

    AMITE - Nearly-empty groups of candidates for jury duty have judges in the 21st Judicial District hand-delivering jury subpoenas in hopes the personal delivery will get people moving. "We've had recent problems trying to get jurors here to try the cases we need to try," said Chief Judge Robert... more »
  • Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban

    November 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could eventually pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and... more »
  • Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

    November 13, 2014 6:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Judge refuses to fire Gulf oil spill claims chief

    November 10, 2014 1:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should... more »
  • Judge signs order to bury frozen fetus

    November 10, 2014 10:50 AM

    LABADIEVILLE - A judge signed an order Monday to bury a fetus that's been frozen in an Assumption Parish evidence room for six years, despite requests that it be buried. Judge Guy Holdridge signed the order after a series of reports by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto about the status... more »
  • Richey asks for recount in judge's race

    November 7, 2014 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Richey filed a request this week for a recount of early and absentee ballots in the race for her seat. According to results from the Secretary of State's Office Richey failed to hold on to her seat. The results showed EBR prosecutor... more »
  • Man suspected in 7 killings refuses to speak, hearing postponed

    October 22, 2014 9:50 AM

    GARY, IN - An Indiana judge has rescheduled a hearing for man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women after he refused to respond to her questions during his initial court appearance. Darren Vann stood stone-faced during Wednesday's hearing at the Lake County Jail in Crown Pointafter Judge Kathleen Sullivan... more »
  • Appellate court refuses request for rehearing in Slaughter case

    October 7, 2014 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Appellate court justices refused Southern University's request for a rehearing involving its former system president, Ralph Slaugher. In September, the First Circuit overturned a state district judge's ruling allowing Slaughter's home and other property to be seized by the university's Foundation to satisfy debt. The district judge... more »
  • Video features judge and man wearing prison orange check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 7, 2014 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opponents of Judge Trudy White are questioning a video that shows her standing next to a man in prison orange promoting her candidacy. Judge White is running for re-election of her seat on district court in East Baton Rouge Parish. The election is November 4th. ... more »
  • BP: Judge should amend "gross negligence" ruling

    October 3, 2014 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Attorneys for BP PLC say in a motion filed Thursday evening that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's... more »
  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

    September 24, 2014 5:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP wanted its money back - hundreds of millions of dollars of it - but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business. BP argued Wednesday that a... 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 »
  • WBR judge faces sanctions over free trip check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge in West Baton Rouge Parish is under fire for taking an all-expense paid trip to Texas. The judge's mode of transportation for the free trip: a private jet. The state judiciary commission says Judge Robin Free exploited his position and recommends he be suspended... more »
  • Judge in star's adoption case faces dismissal

    September 12, 2014 7:46 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS- The Supreme Court of Arkansas called for the dismissal of a judge who leaked confidential information and details of actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son. She adopted the boy two-years ago. The Justices say Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio posted "concerning" comments in... more »
  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case. Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

    September 5, 2014 4:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday that the company... more »
  • Appeals court rules in favor of Ralph Slaughter

    September 4, 2014 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The First Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a State District Court Judge's decision against former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter. The Judge last year said Slaughter's home and other property can be seized by the Foundation to satisfy debt. It's money he's accused of misappropriating while... more »
  • Judge grants public defender to Nagin's appeal

    September 3, 2014 8:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved New Orleans' former mayor Ray Nagin's request for a federal public defender to handle his appeal. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan signed off on the request Wednesday, noting that Nagin's finances qualifies him for public legal representation. According to a questionnaire filed... more »
  • Iberville candidates qualifications questioned, get the boot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 3, 2014 6:14 PM

    IBERVILLE - A judge in Iberville Parish yanked two names from the November ballot after the former candidates lied under oath and qualified without meeting requirements. Edward James Jr. and Erick "Duck" Batiste were running for the office of alderman. "I just didn't pay my fees on time... more »
  • Judge: Sept 30 conference on La abortion law

    September 3, 2014 3:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. District Judge John deGravelles has scheduled a status conference Sept. 30 on a request to block Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law while a suit challenging it is in court. He told lawyers Tuesday that he wants brief memos by Sept. 23 on what issues each side... more »
  • Texas voter I.D. trial

    September 2, 2014 7:54 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS- A federal prosecutor told a judge in Texas that state's new voter ID law is motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down since it could disenfranchise some 800,000 people and keep them away from the polls. It was in opening statements in a trial... more »
  • Judge: Marullo can stay on ballot

    September 1, 2014 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Frank Marullo Jr. has survived an initial challenge to his seeking a sixth term The 74-year-old Marullo is running against lawyers Graham Bosworth, Brigid Collins, Rudy Gorrell and Marie Williams. A judge Friday Marullo was not only qualified to run for another... more »
  • Trial underway in endangered frog habitat suit

    August 20, 2014 4:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. An estimated 100 to 200 dusky gopher frogs live in Mississippi, with... more »
  • Anti-Common Core hearing today check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today. Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law... more »
  • Judge: School voucher report order stands

    August 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney says parents and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options will probably appeal an order for Louisiana to send reports about its school voucher program to federal attorneys. Attorney Jonathan Riches (RICH-ez) of the conservative Goldwater Institute says the parents believe the U.S. Justice Department... more »
  • Baker to hire collection agency for warrants check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    BAKER - Baker council members will consider hiring a collection agency Tuesday to go after people who owe money for outstanding warrants. Faced with budget cuts to break even, council members will also consider a collection fee of up to 30 percent. Councilman John Givens says Baker has more... more »
  • Judge: No bond for dad in boy's death in hot SUV

    July 3, 2014 3:52 PM

    MARIETTA, GA - A judge has refused to grant bond to a Georgia man charged with murder after his toddler son died inside of a hot SUV. The judge's decision Thursday means Justin Ross Harris will remain in jail. Prosecutors laid out their case against him before that ruling, portraying... more »
  • Judge strikes down Kentucky's gay marriage ban

    July 1, 2014 11:38 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A federal judge in Kentucky has struck down the state's ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying in the state. However, Tuesday's ruling was temporarily put on hold because it will be appealed, meaning it is not yet clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage... more »
  • Mother's mental health questioned

    June 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA- A judge says he's concerned about the mental state of a woman accused of attempted murder by throwing her kids out of a window and jumping after them. Luz Robledo Ibarra was in court in a wheelchair after suffering a broken pelvis and other injuries when... more »
  • No foul by J.C. Penney against Macy's

    June 16, 2014 7:30 PM

    NEW YORK- A state judge says J.C. Penney interfered with Macy's in a contract with Martha Stewart Living Media when it cut a deal to create a collection of home goods three-years ago. But, Judge Jeffery Oing ruled Macy's failed to prove J.C.Penney was liable for damages. This... more »
  • Olah formally sentenced for Powerhouse Gym fraud

    May 29, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge formally sentenced one of the organizers of the defunct Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge for their part in a fraud to get money for the business. District Judge James Brady sentenced Ronald Olah, 35, to eight months in a halfway house and two... more »
  • Voters to decide judges' retirement age

    May 29, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will decide if Louisiana's judges should be forced to retire after reaching age 70 and finishing their current terms. The Senate gave final passage to the proposed constitutional amendment with a 32-4 vote Wednesday, sending it to the voters for consideration. It will appear on the... more »
  • $30,000 in refunds issued for school bus program Play Video

    May 28, 2014 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 100 drivers are getting refunds, and more could too, after a judge ruled their traffic tickets were null and void. Some $30,000 is being returned to drivers who got a ticket from cameras mounted on the side of East Baton Rouge school buses. The... more »
  • Judge says he will strike gay marriage license ban

    May 15, 2014 1:43 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas judge says he will strike down a state law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, expanding his ruling against the state's ban on gay marriage. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza told attorneys in a letter that he'll issue an order... more »
  • Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    May 9, 2014 5:03 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas judge has struck down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday that the 2004 amendment violates the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman. The ruling comes... more »
  • Pro-voucher group wants judge to back off order

    May 5, 2014 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a private school tuition voucher program have asked a federal judge to cancel his April order requiring that Louisiana provide regular reports on the program to federal officials. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's order requires that Louisiana provide federal officials with a variety of reports,... more »
  • Livonia baseball playoff run awaits court ruling check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2014 9:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Livonia baseball program awaits a ruling by an East Baton Rouge judge on whether or not the Wildcats will make the playoff bracket. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled one of Livonia's freshman baseball players ineligible last Thursday, retroactively taking away the football team's deepest... more »
  • Supremacist settlement

    April 29, 2014 8:01 PM

    BISMARK, NORTH DAKOTA- A judge sentenced a white supremacist to four years probation with no additional jail time for terrorizing a small town in North Dakota when he tried to set up an all white enclave. Craig Cobb was arrested for scaring residents of the town of Leith when... more »
  • Teen suspect charged as adult in school stabbings

    April 9, 2014 4:12 PM

    EXPORT, Pa. - Police have identified and charged a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school. Authorities say Alex Hribal was being charged as an adult following the Wednesday morning attack in Murrysville, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.... more »
  • Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

    March 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system. The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish... more »
  • Robin Roberts will guest judge on ABC's 'Dancing'

    March 25, 2014 9:12 AM

    NEW YORK - Robin Roberts is taking on some night work as a guest judge on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The "Good Morning America" anchor will appear on the show next Monday alongside the regular panelists. She's the first of several guest judges scheduled this season, including Ricky Martin... more »
  • Ocean rescue husband: stay away

    March 11, 2014 7:39 PM

    DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA- The man married to Ebony Wilkerson, accused of driving her car into the ocean and trying to kill her kids, was ordered to stay away from family members by a judge. Lutful Ronjon can't have any contact until March 20 when there's a court hearing on the... more »
  • Cooling plan released for La. death row

    February 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections... more »

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