New Orleans judges have conflict in setting fines
NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge says state criminal court judges in New Orleans have a conflict of interest because they rely on fines and fees for court funding.
That, U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance said in a Wednesday ruling, raises the possibility that the court's financial needs affect judges' rulings on whether defendants are able to pay fines and fees.
Vance also ruled that judges have violated defendants' rights by failing to make inquiries on their ability to pay.
Her ruling came in a lawsuit in which defendants accused the court of running what amounts to a "debtor's prison."
Bill Quigley, a lawyer for the defendants, said the ruling could affect courts throughout Louisiana.
An attorney for the judges didn't immediately return a call for comment Wednesday night.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Consumers prepare for Black Friday shopping differently this year
Christmas tree farms experience increase in business amid pandemic
Restaurants stay busy as families choose the to-go route for Thanksgiving meal
Family grateful for baby's miraculous recovery after mother died from Covid19
Firefighters demonstrate dangers of deep-frying a turkey for Thanksgiving feast
Belaire making 1st playoff appearance in 17 years Friday
Southeastern women blow out Alcorn State on opening day of college basketball...
Can Taysom Hill continue his success for the Saints?; Fantasy Focus with...
Catholic freshman Daniel Beale has been thrown into super stardom thanks to...
Can Jameis Winston lead this Saints offense?; Fantasy Focus Week 11 with...