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  • Judge issues final ruling against Jindal's Common Core suit

    October 21, 2015 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - No trial will be held in Gov. Bobby Jindal's federal lawsuit against the Common Core education standards. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick issued a final judgment this week, rejecting the Republican governor's claims that the U.S. Department of Education was illegally coercing states to use the... more »
  • Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

    June 30, 2015 3:44 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments... 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 »
  • DOJ to seek stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 20, 2015 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will seek a stay of a federal judge's decision temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the paperwork will be filed with the court by Monday. Earnest said Friday that the decision to... more »
  • Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf spill

    February 19, 2015 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines it faces from its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday agreed with government lawyers that BP should face paying up to $4,300 for each barrel... more »
  • Council settles with firm, details not released

    January 22, 2015 10:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates . The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
  • Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

    January 16, 2015 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare... more »
  • Another twist in Livingston's debris saga

    December 17, 2014 10:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday. A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
  • Illegals closer to legal licenses

    December 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    PHOENIX- The U.S. Supreme Court moved thousands of young immigrants closer to obtaining driver's licenses in Arizona with a ruling on Wednesday. The court denied a request from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to put a lower court decision on hold. That ruling struck down her executive order to deny... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Delay denied in ruling on Va. gay marriage ban

    August 13, 2014 11:20 AM

    RICHMOND, VA - A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision... more »
  • Slive: College sports in 'historic evolution'

    August 11, 2014 11:19 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says college athletics are "going through a historic evolution." Slive released a statement Monday after a judge's ruling that players in FBS football and Division I men's basketball are entitled to at least $5,000 a year for rights to their names, images... more »
  • O'Bannon ready to keep fighting after beating NCAA

    August 9, 2014 5:43 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Ed O'Bannon knows it's not over, far from it. He's ready for the appeals, and welcomes a challenge to the ruling that could change big-time college sports forever. After five years of battling the NCAA, O'Bannon isn't about to back away from the fight. Not when he... more »
  • Livingston's uneasy future because of Gustav debris Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor. Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
  • Stage being set for Louisiana gay marriage rulings

    June 27, 2014 3:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a mid-July deadline for filing briefs on multiple issues involving gay marriage in Louisiana. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments on some of those issues regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in other... more »
  • "Family" defined at state Supreme Court Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ruling by the State Supreme Court bolstered the city's definition of a family. The Supreme Court decided that an ordinance that bans homeowners from renting property in single family neighborhoods to more than two unrelated people was constitutional. "I along with many other people, were... more »
  • Livonia baseball playoff run awaits court ruling 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 »
  • Northwestern appeals ruling on athletes

    April 9, 2014 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON- Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize. The university filed a formal appeal board Wednesday. Northwestern says that it had presented "overwhelming evidence" that its athletic... more »
  • La. legislature doesn't appeal "fund sweep" ruling

    March 5, 2014 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature has decided against appealing a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state budget. A Baton Rouge judge ruled in November that the maneuver by lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal to... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in dispute over spill settlement

    December 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is appealing a judge's rejection of its argument that claimants who can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal Thursday, two days... more »
  • Judge: death row too uncomfortable for the worst offenders

    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 »
  • Court reinstates most Texas abortion restrictions

    November 1, 2013 8:23 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - More than a third of Texas clinics that perform abortions won't be able to do so today. A federal appeals court says the state's tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately while they're being challenged. Twelve of the 32 Texas clinics that perform abortions... more »
  • Texas abortion clinics to stay open

    October 29, 2013 8:17 AM

    LUBBOCK, Texas - The only abortion clinic in a 300-mile swath of West Texas can resume business after a federal judge struck down new restrictions that would have effectively shuttered it. Lubbock's Planned Parenthood Women's Health Center stopped making appointments last week, bracing for this week's scheduled enforcement of a... more »
  • Monks, caskets win!

    October 15, 2013 10:53 PM

    COVINGTON- Monks at the abbey here will be able to make and sell their plain, low-cost caskets since the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal filed by the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The state board sued, claiming St. Joseph Abbey was not licensed to... more »
  • Judge denies St. Helena school board request

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Judge: No second vote for home rule charter Play Video

    July 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A judge ruled against police jurors' efforts today to stop changes to West Feliciana Parish's system of government. Judge William Carmichael upheld an injunction requested by voters to stop jurors from holding another election over the home rule charter already approved by a public vote last... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

    June 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court... more »
  • High court strikes down federal marriage provision

    June 26, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has issued a pair of significant but incomplete victories for supporters of gay marriage. In one 5-to-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples. The provision of the Defense of Marriage Act kept... more »
  • Supreme Court to make decision on gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is meeting this morning to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States. The justices are expected to decide their first-ever cases about gay marriage Wednesday in their last session before the court's summer break.... more »
  • High court ruling removes La. from preclearance

    June 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voting laws and election districts no longer need federal approval before changes can take effect. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means the state doesn't have to follow a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, unless Congress redesigns... more »
  • High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

    June 25, 2013 9:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections. The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most... more »
  • Court continues to allow affirmative action in college admissions

    June 24, 2013 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - For now, affirmative action in college admissions can still survive the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. In a ruling that avoided some difficult constitutional issues, the justices said a court may approve the use of race as a factor in admissions -- but only after it concludes that... more »
  • Mayor scheduled to face contempt charges

    May 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter is scheduled to be in court this morning to face accusations she violated a judge's order to stop interfering with the Port Allen chief financial officer's job. Judge Alvin Batiste ordered Slaughter back in February not to hinder Audrey McCain's work after Slaughter... more »
  • Drunk driver's sentence reduced to 35 years

    May 14, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge reduced the sentence today of Brett Gerald, the man who killed seven people in a drunken crash in East Baton Rouge Parish, in order to comply with a Supreme Court ruling. Gerald received a 70-year sentence after pleading guilty back in March. Today Judge... more »
  • Future of school funding in question

    May 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers working on next year's budget now have new questions to answer when it comes to school funding. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state can't use its normal school funding formula for its voucher program. Critics of the program said doing so took... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • Definition of family declared unconstitutional Play Video

    April 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Court Judge Janice Clark declared the East Baton Rouge Parish's definition of family unconstitutional. Before today, three or more unrelated people could not live together in neighborhoods zoned for single-family housing. Since 1954, East Baton Rouge's Unified Development Code has defined family as "an individual... 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 »
  • NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit

    March 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    NEW YORK- New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks. A Manhattan judge struck down the first-of-its-kind measure March 11, a day before it was to take effect. The rule would prohibit many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in more... more »
  • Court could avoid wide-ranging ruling on gay marriage

    March 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could end up avoiding a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry. During arguments today on California's ban on same-sex marriage, several justices raised doubts that the case should even be before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy -- possibly the... more »
  • Public braves snow for gay marriage case tickets

    March 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - People waiting to attend to gay marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court have been undeterred by snow falling in the nation's capital. More than three dozen people were waiting Monday to get tickets to the cases, which will be heard Tuesday and Wednesday. Many of... more »
  • Appeals court rules for La. monks in casket fight

    March 20, 2013 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says Benedictine monks may keep selling caskets from their monastery in Louisiana. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling in favor of St. Joseph Abbey and against the state board of funeral directors' rule that only... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • Education reform ruling victory for teachers group Play Video

    March 4, 2013 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is applauding the judge who struck down the third part of Gov. Jindal's education reform, ruling it unconstitutional. President of LFT Steve Monaghan says, since the law has been enacted, it's created tension among the state's educators. "It was a... more »
  • Judge rules for fired Port Allen financial officer

    February 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge ruled today that Port Allen's mayor had no authority to fire the city's chief financial officer, and ordered she give her job back. Judge Alvin Batiste said Audrey McCain was a department head, so Mayor "Deedy" Slaughter could not have fired her. Slaughter... more »
  • Sanity ruling postponed in disabled boy's beheading

    February 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish judge postponed a ruling on whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is fit to stand trial for first-degree murder. District Judge John LeBlanc had said he would rule Wednesday on whether to try Jeremiah Wright for the death of 7-year-old Jori Lirette... more »
  • Judge rules state retirement plan unconstitutional

    January 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge has ruled Gov. Bobby Jindal's 401(k)-style retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers unconstitutional. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claimed the law is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of Representatives. State District Judge William... more »
  • IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

    January 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ruled that the IRS lacks authority to impose new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers. The ruling Friday from Judge James Boasberg bars the IRS from implementing a host of regulations that would have required tax preparers to... more »
  • Judge hears arguments on Sandusky trial fairness

    January 10, 2013 10:48 AM

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A judge has heard arguments from Jerry Sandusky's attorneys about the fairness of his trial but did not issue a ruling. The proceeding Thursday in central Pennsylvania related to Sandusky's claim that his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare for his molestation trial. Sandusky's post-sentencing motions... more »

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