New Attorney General taking over major court cases
BATON ROUGE - Attorney General-Elect Jeff Landry will take over a mixed bag of criminal and civil court battles from his predecessor in January. Chief among them is the prosecution in an officer-involved shooting and a lawsuit against federal regulators.
The AG's office is prosecuting two Marksville city marshals accused of wrongfully shooting a six-year-old boy in November. Wednesday, Landry called it an important case. "Any time a child is killed like that I think justice needs to be served," he said.
Landry is also taking over a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. He agrees with his predecessor Buddy Caldwell that strict pollution regulations will stifle Louisiana job growth. "We campaigned and promised that we would take a very proactive stance when it comes to regulations being handed down from Washington that affect our jobs," said Landry.
Landry defeated Caldwell in the November 24th runoff. He's promised to make the AG's office more transparent and accountable.
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