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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
February 17, 2014 11:39 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of a man for a killing during an armed robbery in Natchitoches Parish in 1993.
56-year-old Willard Allen's conviction was overturned by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. The judge says that the state trial court... more »
February 11, 2014 7:51 PM
WASHINGTON- There's an indication a sexual assault case may not hold up against a former U.S. Naval Academy football player.
The military judge overseeing the case told prosecutors to explain how they plan to prove the accusation.
The charge is against Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tennessee.
Prosecutors... more »
January 29, 2014 7:27 PM
NEW YORK- A man being tried for plotting terror attacks against police and soldiers in Manhattan may face his accusers in secret.
Prosecutors want to keep some testimony against Jose Pimentel out of the public eye because one witness is an uncover cop and two others are confidential informants.... more »
December 20, 2013 11:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - State teacher tenure and salary laws are back in the hands of a Baton Rouge judge.
Judge Michael Caldwell heard new arguments Friday on the revamp of the laws he had ruled unconstitutional. He said there were too many items bundled together in one law.
... more »
December 19, 2013 4:57 PM
ANGOLA- Prison leaders at the state penitentiary will have to devise a plan to cool cells on death row after a judge ruled it is so hot, the heat violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson released his decision Thursday in a civil... more »
December 10, 2013 2:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix. On Tuesday, defense lawyers said questions asked of witness Wilson Arabie improperly raised issues of whether Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents in order to eliminate possibly incriminating... more »
November 22, 2013 2:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a longstanding court order in a 1970s civil rights case to make sure that the state's private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools. U.S. District Judge... more »
November 13, 2013 11:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - A judge has ruled against the use of money from a retirement fund to balance the state budget.
The ruling says Governor Jindal and the legislature shouldn't have used $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers retirement fund in the budget.
The legislature and... more »
October 18, 2013 12:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin's lawyer earlier this week had asked that Nagin's indictment on bribery charges be thrown out, arguing that the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct. Defense attorney Robert Jenkins had said... more »
September 25, 2013 11:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the city of New Orleans can investigate the Orleans Parish School Board.
State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno made the ruling that was released today.
The School Board was denied a request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial... more »
September 21, 2013 12:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court is allowing a former judge that it disbarred to practice law again. The court, in a Friday opinion adopted by a 5-2 vote, said former Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge C. Hunter King, could rejoin the bar. In 2003, the high... more »
September 10, 2013 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lawyers for journalists and LSU were told by a judge Tuesday to come to an agreement about information dealing with the university's presidential search earlier this year.
Reporters sued when LSU refused to make the list of candidates for the job public. Eventually, the Board of Supervisors... more »
September 10, 2013 2:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies sent by a judge to search for documents related to the LSU Board of Supervisors' search for a new university president testified this afternoon that they didn't find what they were looking for.
The deputies told Judge Janice Clark, who ordered the search this... more »
September 10, 2013 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge today said she would direct the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office to enforce her order requiring LSU's Board of Supervisors to turn over a list of applicants for the university president's position.
Judge Janice Clark said today LSU would not follow her... more »
September 6, 2013 8:58 AM
MANSFIELD- State District Judge Robert Burgess in Mansfield has set a Nov. 5 execution date for child killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado was convicted 20 years ago for the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Allen Mercer. The Times reports Burgess' decision Thursday to sign another execution warrant comes less... more »
September 3, 2013 7:33 PM
CLEVELAND, OHIO- An apology is an apology, even if its ordered by a judge. A man in Cleveland has to stand next to a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot for threatening officers. A judge ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside the station with a... more »
August 30, 2013 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The president of a teachers' union says his group will again ask a district judge to toss out a state law that makes it harder for public school teachers to earn and retain tenure. Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, says the group's original... more »
August 28, 2013 10:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
August 16, 2013 5:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional. State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated... more »
August 15, 2013 2:40 PM
LOS ANGELES- A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a hit-and-run driving charge against singer Chris Brown. The judge said Brown had reached a civil compromise with the other driver and City News Service says the misdemeanor was dropped Thursday. Brown didn't attend the hearing. Brown claims he traded insurance information... more »
August 14, 2013 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state judge has found the LSU Board of Supervisors in contempt of court for not complying with her April 30 order to turn over to The Advocate and The Times-Picayune newspapers records related to the university's search for a new president. The Advocate reports District Judge... more »
August 9, 2013 11:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - A judge found the woman accused of killing five people in a road rage wreck guilty of negligent homicide in a bench trial today in Baton Rouge.
Judge Trudy White found Kelsye Hall guilty of five counts of negligent homicide in the 2011 wreck on I-10.... more »
August 9, 2013 10:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - A district judge sentenced William Bouvay to more than two decades in jail for calling in a fake bomb threat to LSU.
Bouvay received a 24-year sentence at his hearing Friday morning in Baton Rouge. He pleaded guilty to the charges this past April.
The... more »
August 7, 2013 12:10 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled Wednesday that BP is obligated to fund the... more »
August 6, 2013 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - The warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary has apologized to a federal judge for efforts to try to cool death row cells when independent temperature monitoring had been ordered. Burl Cain, warden at the Angola prison, said Tuesday that he made a mistake when he added temporary... more »
August 6, 2013 8:10 AM
GREENSBURG - A federal judge denied a request by the St. Helena Parish School Board to let the parish offer middle school grades to its students. Judge James J. Brady effectively upheld his May 2010 order that gave control over the poorly performing St. Helena Central Middle School to the... more »
August 5, 2013 2:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- A federal judge is questioning whether state officials damaged independent data collection of temperatures on Louisiana's death row. The information was being collected at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as part of a lawsuit claiming that three condemned killers are forced to live in dangerous heat conditions.... more »
August 5, 2013 9:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - A judge continued the probation and curfew for suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill today after a hearing in Baton Rouge, but allowed him to play football if head coach Les Miles permits.
Judge Bonnie Jackson gave Hill an additional 40 hours of community service and... more »
August 1, 2013 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. District Judge James J. Brady, of Baton Rouge, has notified President Barack Obama that he will assume senior status at the end of this year. By taking senior status, the 69-year-old Brady enables the president to nominate a third full-time judge to the Middle District of... more »
July 31, 2013 10:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to.
Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
July 31, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Timothy Kelley found Denise Slaughter did not intentionally try to mislead the court when seeking a delay in the proceedings against her and her husband, former Southern University system president Ralph Slaughter.
The judge initially thought Slaughter misrepresented herself in court earlier in... more »
July 30, 2013 2:00 PM
FORT MEADE, Md. - Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him -- aiding the enemy -- a charge that carried a potential life sentence. But he still faces up to 136 years in prison at a sentencing hearing that begins... more »
July 29, 2013 11:20 AM
BATON ROUGE- A temporary restraining order hearing involving the town of Clinton's curfew has been set for Monday, Aug. 5.
The hearing was scheduled during a telephone conference with Chief Judge Brian Jackson along with the plaintiff and defendant's attorneys. During the call, the judge also ordered the town... more »