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  • Judge: Zimmerman jury can't consider 3rd-degree murder

    July 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge. Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution. Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since... more »
  • Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal

    July 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case. O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He... more »
  • Putin says no to US request to extradite Snowden

    June 25, 2013 11:52 AM

    NAANTALI, Finland - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and will not be extradited to the United States. Putin said that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border and is free to go anywhere. Speaking on... more »
  • LSU rebuffs public records request from newspaper

    February 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will continue to keep secret the names and qualifications of candidates in the running to become the university's next president after rejecting a public records request from The Advocate. The Advocate formally requested access last week to the applications, background materials and other information related to... more »
  • Fla. judge: No trial delay in Trayvon Martin case

    February 5, 2013 9:04 AM

    SANFORD, Fla.- A judge in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has denied a defense request to delay the trial. George Zimmerman's attorneys presented a motion Tuesday asking Judge Debra Nelson to push the trial from mid-June back to November. They... more »
  • Reid to McCain: No need for special Libya panel

    November 16, 2012 4:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Democratic leader in the Senate is rejecting Sen. John McCain's request for a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya. In a letter Friday to McCain, Sen. Harry Reid said he refuses to allow the Senate to be used as a "venue... more »
  • Penn State to answer NCAA info request

    July 18, 2012 9:57 AM

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State says it will respond within days to the NCAA's demand for information regarding the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The NCAA is looking into whether the university should face penalties. Penn State President Rodney Erickson says he doesn't want to "jump... more »
  • Jindal budget office refuses to provide records

    July 17, 2012 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget office won't provide most of its records tied to the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit program and a controversial ruling about qualifying vehicles that was rescinded by the governor. A lawyer for the Division of Administration said records requested by The Associated... more »
  • State readies NCLB waiver request

    February 27, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana officials are about to submit their request for exemptions from the federal "No Child Left Behind Act." The Obama administration is allowing states to seek waivers from the 2002 act's requirements if they take steps designed to better prepare and test students. The latest version of Louisiana's... more »
  • Deputy denied a chance to look at DNA evidence

    October 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    HOUMA, La. - A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy's request to see DNA evidence from the investigation that led to his conviction on a sex charge has been rejected by a state district judge. Fifty-one-year-old Glenn Brunet was convicted in 2007 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. The former... more »
  • Phone thief suspect sends victim a friend request

    September 17, 2011 2:21 PM

    GREELEY, Colo.- A Colorado man is accused of stealing a woman's cell phone and then sending her a friend request on Facebook. The victim awoke early one morning in her Greeley home to see a man standing over her bed. When she screamed, the man grabbed her cell phone... more »
  • Baker judge files suit in records request dispute

    November 12, 2010 12:15 PM

    BAKER – Kirk Williams, the city court judge who made headlines after recording a scuffle with another city official, has filed suit against the city of Baker demanding that they allow him to view public records he had asked to see in September. Mayor Harold Rideau and the city are... more »
  • LSP investigating officials fighting over records request

    October 14, 2010 1:06 PM

    The Louisiana State Police have taken over an investigation into a scuffle between two officials in Baker, according to the city’s police chief. Chief Mike Knaps with the Baker Police Department said shortly after the incident last month his department asked LSP to investigate the complaint by Judge Kirk Williams.... more »
  • Judge asked to delay sentencing in bridge shooting

    August 31, 2010 5:34 AM

    Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to reconsider his refusal to postpone a sentencing hearing for Jeffrey Lehrmann. Lehrmann is a former New Orleans police detective who pleaded guilty to helping cover up a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Justice Department lawyers want the judge to postpone Lehrmann's sentencing... more »
  • Senator wants investigation on drywall death allegations

    March 3, 2010 11:09 PM

    U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana wants federal agencies to investigate deaths that may be linked to Chinese drywall. As many as 10 deaths may be connected. Five deaths were in Louisiana, including one in the Baton Rouge area. People lodged complaints with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, claiming... more »

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