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  • Deputy AG: Push for tough sentences is not reviving drug war

    June 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's No. 2 official says a new policy urging harsher punishments for most criminals is meant to target the worst criminals, not fill prisons. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells The Associated Press that federal prosecutors will sometimes charge lower-level criminals to take down entire gangs... more »
  • Zack Snyder exits 'Justice League' after daughter's death

    May 22, 2017 9:28 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The recent death of director Zack Snyder's daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie "Justice League." A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that Joss Whedon would take over completing the film,... more »
  • Sessions to interview FBI candidates Saturday

    May 12, 2017 10:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Department officials on Saturday will interview four candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey. They include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Two people familiar with the process say others set to be interviewed include Alice Fisher, who formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice... more »
  • Arkansas judge barred from death penalty cases after participating in protest

    April 17, 2017 3:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Supreme Court is barring a judge who blocked the state's multiple executions plan from taking up any death penalty related cases after he participated in a protest where he appeared to mimic an inmate about to receive lethal injection drugs. Justices on Monday reassigned... more »
  • Edwards: Congressman 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid

    April 6, 2017 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted"... more »
  • Criminal justice overhaul aims to cut La. prison population

    March 16, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's debate over how to rework its criminal justice system is heading to state lawmakers. A study group Thursday approved its package of recommendations for a sweeping rewrite of Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation. The effort aims to lessen Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration... more »
  • Bill: Make schools fly Mississippi's Confederate-themed flag

    January 25, 2017 8:53 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A bill advancing in the Mississippi House would require all K-12 schools to fly the state flag or lose state accreditation. House Bill 280 passed the House Education Committee 13-8 Wednesday. It would require all schools to follow all state laws. One often-ignored Mississippi law says... more »
  • Gov. Edwards picks leader for Office of Juvenile Justice

    November 9, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has chosen a leader for Louisiana's Office of Juvenile Justice. James Bueche has been working as interim deputy secretary of the department since May. On Wednesday, the governor's office announced Bueche will stay on in the job permanently. Bueche took over after Mary... more »
  • Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

    April 30, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? The answer varies with the issue. But arguments last week in the corruption case against a former Virginia governor show that... more »
  • State supreme court justice: Public defender system going broke Play Video

    March 15, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the Louisiana Supreme Court told lawmakers the court is concerned about financing for the public defender system for the poor. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says public defenders in 33 of the state's 42 judicial districts have restricted services, and half of the offices... more »
  • Scalia suffered from many health problems

    February 23, 2016 5:29 PM

    DALLAS - A letter from the Supreme Court's doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice's sudden death. Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there was nothing... more »
  • Obama faces political puzzle in naming Scalia successor

    February 15, 2016 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - For most presidents, choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a puzzle. For President Barack Obama, the chance to pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia is even more complicated. As the White House carries out a rare election-year search for a nominee, the president's lawyers and top... more »
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died

    February 13, 2016 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, sources told CNN Saturday. According to CNN, the 79-year-old Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas over the weekend. A conservative Justice, Scalia was the first Italian-American to sit on the nation's highest court. ... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Attorney arrested after courtroom outburst Play Video

    September 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attorney found himself in a jail cell with defendants after mouthing off to a judge in a courtroom Tuesday. But, Jeffry Sanford said he was only standing up for justice. He said he used a few choice words in his frustrated explanation to a judge... more »
  • Feds end prosecution of Barry Bonds without conviction

    July 21, 2015 12:51 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Justice formally dropped its criminal prosecution of Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's career homerun leader. The decade-long investigation and prosecution of Bonds for obstruction of justice ended quietly Tuesday morning when the DOJ said it would not challenge the reversal of his felony... more »
  • Louisiana Tech to end fee paid only by female students

    July 17, 2015 11:11 AM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University will discontinue a fee paid only by full-time, female students that caused a student to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. Dave Guerin, executive director of university communications, says the university will restructure its fees.... more »
  • Family wants justice over toddler's daycare death Play Video

    June 9, 2015 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The man who claims he helped raise 22-month old Angel Green is demanding answers from the state after she was left in a daycare van on Friday. The state revoked the daycare owner's license last April. However, Shelia Newman managed to open another facility, without any oversight... more »
  • Guilty plea as swamp slaying trial set to begin Play Video

    June 2, 2015 11:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The man accused in a gruesome swamp slaying pleaded guilty to the charges against him just before his trial was set to begin Wednesday. Detrell Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges for shooting Kye Boudreaux, who was found dead in May 2014 at his Iberville Parish... more »
  • Baltimore's prosecutor faces big test 4 months into job

    May 1, 2015 4:45 AM

    BALTIMORE, MD.- Baltimore's chief prosecutor is just 35 years old and has been on the job for less than four months. Now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career: deciding whether evidence supports criminal charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby ousted... more »
  • All involved in violent home invasion, murder sentenced to prison

    April 22, 2015 10:27 PM

    GONZALES - A three-year-old triple murder case that rocked the usually quiet Ascension Parish ended with convictions of the final three suspects in the case being sentenced to hard labor Wednesday. Rolando Stewart received 63 years; Travis Moore was sentenced to 26 and Devon James received 15. Last year,... more »
  • Skipping jury duty becomes more of a pain than serving for some

    April 14, 2015 10:51 PM

    AMITE - Nine people who skipped jury duty in Tangipahoa Parish had to pay a small fine, promise to sit on a jury this year and do a bit of community service to avoid jail time for contempt of court. Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District, which... more »
  • Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

    March 3, 2015 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court. The official says the investigation found that officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too... more »
  • Dozens rally on Capitol steps for change

    December 7, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cries for justice on the steps of the Capitol were loud and clear. Dozens of people rallied together in a united cause to bring about change and awareness. The group that organized the rally is Baton Rouge Organizing. The "I Can't Breathe" event was... more »
  • Man who shot pregnant wife to be sentenced next month Play Video

    October 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After two years, the man who shot his pregnant wife is being sentenced next month. Frank Atkins has been convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. He is facing a life sentence and will go before the court one last time next... more »
  • Sheriff vows justice after murder of 7-year-old Play Video

    September 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities renewed an effort to try and find the killer of a seven-year-old boy. Terrez Coleman was murdered in a drive-by-shooting in August while he was riding in the car with his family on Prescott Road near Joor. A bullet from a passing car pierced his family's... more »
  • Religious leaders plea for an end to violence Play Video

    August 20, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The senseless death of 7-year-old Terrez Coleman has his family begging for justice, and religious leaders calling for criminals to stop killing. They say the entire community needs to come together to stop this type of violence. "Only a holistic response, will have any hope of... more »
  • Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be honored today Play Video

    July 25, 2014 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and seven others will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame today. "I am humbled by the honor of being recognized by my colleagues and the community," Sheriff Gautreaux says. "I entered a career in law enforcement... more »
  • Families feuding after baby's killing Play Video

    June 28, 2013 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight for justice over the death of an eleventh-month child has turned into a war of words between family members. Aaliyah Heard died after a severe blow to the head. Aaliyah's father, Larry Leflore, 26, is charged with first degree murder. Aaliyah's mother, Ashley Heard,... more »

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