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  • EXCLUSIVE: Attorney arrested after courtroom outburst check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Court to reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction

    July 1, 2014 12:51 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court says it will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a special panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader guilty of... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program. The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
  • Student left in DEA cell to get $4 million from US

    July 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    SAN DIEGO - The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case. Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left... more »
  • BR joins in 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies nationwide check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 20, 2013 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds gathered in Baton Rouge to express their opinions about the 'not guilty' verdict of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Baton Rouge activist Silky Slim said, "Well you ask for a federal investigation and pray that it happens." Outside of the federal... more »
  • Local gatherings call Zimmerman verdict unjust

    July 15, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least two groups gathered Monday evening in protest of the George Zimmerman verdict. Activists said the not guilty decision meant justice was not done. "There has to be a change... this has to be addressed," said Mary Triplett. Triplett joined a few others who said... more »
  • Families feuding after baby's killing check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Investigation: appeal filed in case over man never serving sentence

    May 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    GONZALES- Prosecutors filed an appeal after they lost a hearing to have a man serve time for a crime he was convicted of nearly twenty years ago. Stanley White never served a sentence for killing an eleven-week-old in a crash. A mistake in the justice system has been blamed... more »
  • DOJ considers appeal of morning-after pill ruling

    April 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department hasn't yet said whether it will appeal today's ruling by a federal judge, striking down the age restrictions on the over-the-counter purchases of the morning-after pill. The judge said the restrictions are "arbitrary" and "unreasonable," and that they must end within 30 days. That means... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson takes oath

    February 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The state's first black Supreme Court Chief Justice, Bernette Johnson, took her oath of office today in New Orleans. The public ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court building in the French Quarter. Johnson succeeded Catherine "Kitty" Kimball, following her retirement. Johnson... more »
  • Southern hosting "Stop the Violence March"

    February 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People will march against violence tonight at Southern University. Southern University's Black History Club, Criminal Justice Club, NCAAP and Student Government Association are hosting a "Stop the Violence March." Students and people from the community will march at 5 p.m. from the Smith-Brown Memorial Union... more »
  • Lack of death penalty attorneys leads to wait for justice check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A News 2 investigation uncovered that death penalty trials are being pushed back over and over again due to the lack of qualified lawyers, and the families of victims are giving up hope during their long wait for justice. There are only two public defenders in... more »
  • Council to talk with Department of Justice about BRPD

    February 21, 2013 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Some members of the city's Metro Council have asked for a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss the police department. The effort, led by C. Denise Marcelle, comes after Mayor Kip Holden fired Dewayne White as chief of police. In a hearing about his... more »
  • Kimball retires after 20 years at Supreme Court

    February 1, 2013 6:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After 20 years of service on the Louisiana Supreme Court, Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball has formally retired. Kimball, who officially retired Thursday, became the first woman on the Supreme Court when she was elected in 1992 from the Fifth District, which covers Ascension, East and... more »
  • City of NO asks to vacate police reform order

    February 1, 2013 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans has filed a voluminous court document seeking to vacate a consent decree designed to clean up problems within its police department. The motion to vacate was filed in federal court Thursday. The city contends it was forced to withdraw its consent to... more »
  • Justice Thomas speaks for 1st time in 7 years

    January 14, 2013 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument Monday for the first time in nearly seven years - he spoke. But what Thomas said is not clear, other than he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers. The argument transcript only records a few words.... more »
  • Petraeus mistress won't face cyberstalking charge

    December 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is dropping its investigation into whether David Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell, stalked a romantic rival online. Broadwell's lawyer, Robert Muse, gave The Associated Press a letter from U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill that says no federal charges will be brought in Florida related to "alleged acts... more »
  • US names investigator in Danziger case

    December 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department has appointed a veteran prosecutor to investigate allegations that the U.S. attorney's office conducted a smear campaign and leaked information to news organizations during the case against police officers accused of deadly shootings at a bridge shortly after Hurricane Katrina. John Horn, first assistant... more »
  • Used car dealer sentenced in odometer fraud case

    November 30, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Justice Department says Beau Michael Guidry of Baton Rouge has been sentenced in connection with an odometer tampering scheme that defrauded victims in and around Louisiana. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced Guidry Thursday to 20 months in prison and one year of supervised release... more »
  • Justice official: Register voters automatically

    November 16, 2012 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - One of the top enforcers of the nation's civil rights laws says government should be responsible for automatically registering citizens to vote by using existing databases to compile lists of all eligible residents in each jurisdiction. The proposal by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, chief of the Justice... more »
  • Environmental group says BP penalty isn't enough

    November 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP oil rig workers say the Justice Department is trying to make scapegoats out of them. The two were indicted today on federal charges including manslaughter, in the deaths of 11 workers in the rig explosion that led to the Gulf oil spill two... more »
  • La. high court rules Johnson will be chief justice

    October 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that Bernette Johnson will be the court's next chief justice, resolving a legal dispute that wound up in federal court. The court's ruling Tuesday says Johnson's years of appointed and elected service on the court give her the seniority that entitles... more »
  • DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

    September 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions. The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a... more »
  • Lawmakers to hear from 'gun-walking' investigator

    September 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The report on the bungled federal gun-trafficking probe known as Fast and Furious is the subject today at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report faults the Justice Department for mistakes made in an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach... more »
  • Transocean, feds considered $1.5B settlement

    September 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. and the Justice Department have discussed a $1.5 billion settlement that would resolve federal claims over the company's role in the 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. But Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd. said in a regulatory filing Monday that several... more »
  • Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

    September 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill. In a strongly worded court filing, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in... more »
  • Family of shooting victim considers retaliation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 21, 2012 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the murder of one of their relatives, family members of 36-year-old Deon Kinchen chased a group of men they believed to be the shooters. Kinchen was found shot dead in a parking lot at the corner of Convention Street and North 12th around 1:30am... more »
  • Juvenile justice commission talks about ongoing issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2012 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Plans are in the works to establish a network of regional directors for the La. Office of Juvenile Justice. Deputy Secretary Mary Livers told a juvenile justice commission that three directors will oversee three regions across the state. She says that will help them develop input... more »
  • Changes being made to La. juvenile justice system

    August 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Juvenile Justice is reorganizing its offices across the state into a new regional management system. Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Livers said today the state will be divided into three regions, each headed by a regional manager. Tonight at 6, News 2's Mike... more »
  • "Cajun Justice" reality show may be shortlived

    August 9, 2012 2:30 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The A&E reality show "Cajun Justice" may not be returning after the season finale airs next week. The show, which follows the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, is airing its final episode of the season Aug. 16. The show was taped when Vernon Bourgeois was sheriff.... more »
  • Feds back Johnson's bid to be next chief justice

    July 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is backing Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the next chief justice of the state's highest court. In a court filing Friday, attorneys for the department's civil rights division urge a federal judge to rule that Johnson's first few years of... more »
  • Deadline moved in La. chief justice debate

    July 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court is giving its justices an extra month to weigh in on a debate over naming the court's next chief justice. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball had set a July 31 deadline for the justices to file briefs on which colleague is the "oldest... more »
  • Ex-state lawmaker blasts the La. Office of Juvenile Justice check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former lawmaker Don Cravins, Sr, says there needs to be a shakeup in the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Cravins, who is currently the mayor of Opelousas, helped fight for a legislative package known the the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003. A team of professionals, including... more »
  • Landrieu endorses Johnson for La. chief justice

    July 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has waded into a debate over naming the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and endorsed Justice Bernette Johnson for the job. In a statement Wednesday, the Louisiana Democrat says there is "no question" Johnson has the right to succeed Chief Justice... more »
  • La. chief justice declines to discuss successor

    July 11, 2012 8:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball says the state's code of judicial conduct prohibits her from meeting with a group of community leaders to discuss their concerns about the court's impending debate over naming Kimball's successor. Several supporters of Justice Bernette Johnson, who sued... more »
  • Feds asked to review debate over La. chief justice

    July 9, 2012 4:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several black Louisiana elected officials are asking the Justice Department's civil rights division to intervene in a dispute over whether state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to become the court's next chief justice. A letter sent Monday to the head of the division's voting... more »
  • 3 judges recuse themselves from La. justice's suit

    July 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three federal judges in New Orleans have recused themselves from presiding over Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's lawsuit seeking to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is legally entitled to be the court's next chief justice. The case was transferred Friday to... more »
  • Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

    June 25, 2012 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons. The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov. The Supreme... more »
  • AG: Bickford to plead guilty for stealing $1.8M

    June 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    AMITE - The state Attorney General's Office said a former secretary is scheduled to plead guilty today to charges she stole more than $2 million from a juvenile justice commission over nine years. A spokesperson said Brenda Bickford is scheduled to enter the plea this morning to theft and... more »
  • Deadline set to weigh-in on Kimball's successor

    June 14, 2012 7:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court has set a deadline for her colleagues to weigh-in on who should succeed her in the post. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball plans to retire in January 2013. On Wednesday, Kimball ordered any justice interested "in a legal determination"... more »
  • LSU women's basketball coach gives birth to girl

    March 6, 2012 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU women's basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell is now the proud mother of a newborn baby girl. Justice Simone Fargas was born at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. The baby and Caldwell left the hospital and are now at home with Caldwell's boyfriend... more »
  • Justice Department clears La. congressional remap

    August 1, 2011 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Louisiana's new map for its congressional districts, which lawmakers drew in a special legislative session earlier this year. The plan shrinks the number of Louisiana congressional districts from seven to six, starting with the 2012 elections, because of the... more »
  • Discrimination case against company settled

    July 22, 2011 3:06 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The Justice Department has settled an employment discrimination case against a Louisiana-based company that provides craft services to industries. Brand Energy and Industrial Services of Prairieville had been accused of discriminating against non-U.S. citizens while verifying employment eligibility. The Justice Department said a work-authorized immigrant had lost his... more »
  • La. House gets DOJ clearance on its remap

    June 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The redesign of the Louisiana House's 105 seats has received clearance from the U.S. Justice Department. House Speaker Jim Tucker made the announcement Monday on the House floor, to cheers. A DOJ letter confirms that the department "does not interpose any objection." Federal approval came... more »
  • Audit targets juvenile justice contracts

    February 11, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent state performance audit shows expensive problems within the Office of Juvenile Justice. Most of the issues deal with a lack of scrutiny for contracts, which amount to 40 percent of the office budget or $62 million dollars. Auditors say there is a good review... more »
  • Pew Center to research, reform Louisiana prison system

    January 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s criminal justice system is going to get a thorough examination by the Pew Center to help make it work more efficiently, and keep prisoners from re-offending. Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the Pew Center will research the state’s prisons and sentencing policies, and then help... more »
  • Former federal prosecutor: Edwards' release "part of the system"

    January 13, 2011 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Many have spoken in support of former Governor Edwin Edwards on the day of his release from federal prison. But for every supporter, there are people who say Edwards got what he deserved. The man who tried to prosecute Edwards twice tells News 2 the justice system... more »

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