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  • Judge rejects changes to detainee's force-feeding

    November 8, 2014 4:17 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has turned down a request from a Guantanamo Bay hunger striker to alter the way he is force-fed, including the daily practice of inserting and removing his feeding tube. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler on Friday ruled against Syrian prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab. He's... more »
  • Judge: No evidence men involved in second shooting

    September 20, 2014 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Orleans Parish judge says there's no evidence supporting police claims that two men accused of shooting a New Orleans police officer were involved in a shooting at a party five minutes earlier. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman admonished detectives for a lack of... more »
  • Judge orders Angola to implement immediately

    May 25, 2014 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has approved the state's plan to cool down death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The Advocate reports Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson issued the order Friday. Jackson also ordered the immediate implementation of the plan, which includes installing air conditioning... more »
  • Judge rejects sentence reconsideration

    April 6, 2014 5:33 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A state district judge has refused to reconsider a 40-year sentence he gave to a Sulphur man who pleaded guilty to 40 counts of aggravated incest. Sheldon Edward Parker pleaded guilty before Judge David Ritchie in February 2013. Parker sexually abused a girl between Jan.... more »
  • Judge won't dismiss ex-ATC commissioner's lawsuit

    January 14, 2014 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has refused to throw out former Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter's claim that the state Office of Inspector General defamed him in a scathing 2011 report. The Advocate reports Judge Janice Clark on Monday refused to dismiss the... more »
  • Judge declines Karey bid for reduced bond

    October 25, 2013 9:05 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A judge has refused to lower the bond of a man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor in front of his congregation. The American Press reports 53-year-old Woodrow Karey remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $1 million bond. He is accused of shooting... more »
  • Judge approves repairs to fire damaged school

    August 14, 2013 9:51 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has been given the approval to continue to make repairs and place three temporary facilities outside Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School. Eastside saw significant damage - an excess of $125,000 in losses - after a former administrative office caught fire on... more »
  • UK judge jails parents for deaths of 6 children

    April 4, 2013 6:34 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A judge has sentenced the father of six British children who died in a house fire to life, with a minimum of 15 years in prison, describing him as the "driving force" behind setting the blaze. Judge Kathryn Thirlwall leveled most of the responsibility for the fire... more »
  • One School is Taking Discipline Issues to the Courtroom

    March 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    One Acadiana high school is taking a unique approach to discipline students. Their own peers are deciding how they should be punished. Teen Court is an alternative to school board policy. It keep students in the classroom and avoids school suspension or after school detention. Every Tuesday and... more »
  • Judge rejects bid for new trial in Katrina case

    December 5, 2012 4:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected defense attorneys' claims that a video shot at the scene of deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina reveals new evidence warranting a new trial for five former police officers. The footage shot of the Danziger Bridge... more »
  • Judge recused from Lyons trial; trial delayed

    October 2, 2012 9:14 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - State District Judge David Ritchie says he recused himself from former judge Greg Lyons' felony theft trial to avoid any appearance of impropriety. The American Press reports Lyons is on trial for 13 counts of felony theft. The state attorney general is prosecuting the case.... more »
  • Gladys Knight to be judge on new singing series

    July 11, 2012 8:51 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Move over Jennifer Lopez, a veteran singing diva is joining the ranks of judges on reality TV: Gladys Knight. BET's sister network Centric announced Wednesday that Knight will work as the "lead judge" on "Apollo Live." The new series is a singing competition at New York's... more »
  • Judge rejects bid to stop Olympic rooftop missiles

    July 10, 2012 10:12 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A British judge has rejected a bid by residents of a London high- rise to stop having their building used as a missile base during the Olympic Games. Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said Tuesday that Britain's Ministry of Defense acted legally when it decided to put the weapons... more »
  • Judge: Ex-SU official failed to prove case

    June 28, 2012 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination and retaliation case against the Southern University System Board of Supervisors, a board member and a former interim president of the system. The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge James J. Brady ruled Wednesday that Joseph Cedric Shelton,... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss confession in store slayings

    May 15, 2012 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has refused to suppress a man's videotaped statement in which he confessed that he fatally shot two employees of a Baton Rouge auto parts store in 2011. The Advocate reports Judge Richard Anderson's ruling Monday means a jury will be allowed to hear... more »
  • Dutch judge upholds ban on foreigners buying pot

    April 27, 2012 10:50 AM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - A Dutch judge on Friday upheld the government's plan to introduce a "weed pass" to prevent foreigners from buying marijuana in coffee shops in the Netherlands. Amsterdam, whose scores of coffee shops are a major tourism drawcard, opposes the plan, and mayor Eberhard van der... more »
  • Judge asked to sign off on BP oil spill settlement

    April 18, 2012 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys have presented a federal judge with the details of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company and lawyers representing... more »
  • Judge weighs sentencing N.O. woman at her home

    March 30, 2012 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is weighing whether to sentence a gravely ill New Orleans woman at her home for participating in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for educational and charitable programs. Angela Coleman, a niece of former U.S.... more »
  • Judge forbids La to enforce abortion liability law

    March 30, 2012 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says Louisiana cannot enforce a 1997 law that allowed lawsuits against abortion doctors even without allegations of negligence or poor care. The law also kept doctors who perform abortions out of a state-run medical malpractice review process and a fund to pay malpractice... more »
  • Judge reinstates Monroe councilmen's convictions

    March 30, 2012 9:10 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A federal judge in Monroe has changed his mind about whether two city councilmen should get a new trial on racketeering and bribery charges. Instead of beginning a new trial on April 16th for Arthur Gilmore and Red Stevens, U.S. District Judge Robert James said he... more »
  • Judge: Search violated officer's privacy

    March 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled that evidence obtained after searching a former Monroe police officer's desk should be suppressed because the search violated the officer's expectation of privacy. Raul Johnson, the former Monroe police corporal currently under federal indictment on suspicion of selling stolen items on eBay,... more »
  • Law license of disgraced judge's lawyer suspended

    March 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans bankruptcy attorney who represented a former federal judge removed by Congress has been suspended from practicing law in Louisiana for 30 days. Tuesday's order by the Louisiana Supreme Court stems from allegations that Claude Lightfoot Jr. advised then-U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous and... more »
  • Judge allocates time for start of oil spill trial

    February 7, 2012 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has set aside nearly seven hours for opening statements in a trial over the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Monday's order by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier divides up 400 minutes... more »
  • Judge Refuses to Compel Transocean CEO's Testimony

    February 2, 2012 8:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal magistrate has ruled that Transocean Ltd. doesn't have to make its CEO, Steve Newman, available to testify at a trial for tens of thousands of court claims spawned by the Gulf oil spill in 2010. BP PLC, which leased the Transocean-owned rig that caught... more »
  • Judge dismisses Green Mountain Coffee lawsuit

    January 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Vermont's Green Mountain Coffee Roasters that alleged accounting fraud. U.S. District Judge William Sessions III said the plaintiffs - a group of investors in the company - had not presented any facts that indicated "a strong inference" of... more »
  • Judge pares down fees for attorneys in BP case

    January 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that people pursuing their Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims against BP outside of federal court do not have to pay fees to hundreds of lawyers working on behalf of about 120,000 claimants fighting the oil giant in court. U.S. District... more »
  • Judge postpones man's trial in nightclub slaying

    January 10, 2012 10:33 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge has postponed the trial of a Florida man accused in the 2009 death of a teenage at a Sulphur nightclub. It was reported that 28-year-old David A. Nelson is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly throwing the punch that fatally injured 19-year-old... more »
  • Judge gives McAllister, Nissan more time in suit

    January 6, 2012 10:33 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge in Mississippi is giving attorneys for former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. more time to negotiate a settlement in a lawsuit over the football star's failed Jackson auto dealership. A court filing late Thursday said that... more »
  • Judge changes manslaughter sentence

    October 21, 2011 8:22 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - In response to a prosecutor's challenge, state District Judge Edward D. Rubin has changed Jerry Steinle's three-year suspended manslaughter sentence to one year of home incarceration. The Advocate reports Rubin found the 62-year-old Steinle guilty of manslaughter in August in connection with the December 2009 shooting... more »
  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring

    September 21, 2011 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to election monitoring for racial discrimination required under the Voting Rights Act. U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled against Shelby County, Ala., which sued the Justice Department to stop that monitoring that occurs across much of the South. The... more »
  • Judge: Confession can be used against Louding

    August 9, 2011 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge says that prosecutors can use an 18-year-old man's confession to Baton Rouge police during his trial in the 2009 killing of a rap artist. Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding is charged first-degree murder in the killing of Chris "Nussie" Jackson. During a hearing Monday,... more »
  • Judge: Jefferson Parish schools fully desegregated

    August 4, 2011 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge finds Jefferson Parish schools desegregated, freeing them from federal oversight. The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/pCXu6A ) that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt signed the order Wednesday afternoon. To end the case, the School Board on Friday voted to accept a three-year plan that keeps changes... more »
  • Judge fines ex-parish worker

    July 19, 2011 7:27 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury's former accounting manager has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge involving public funds. The Advocate reports 47-year-old Sarah Coco entered the plea Monday to the reduced charge before state District Judge William G. Carmichael, who fined her... more »
  • Judge: Gill Pratt trial to last 2-3 weeks

    July 12, 2011 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says a retrial of an associate of William Jefferson, the longtime New Orleans congressman convicted in 2009 on corruption charges in a wide-ranging probe of his African business ties, could last two to three weeks. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle said... more »
  • Judge: ex-altar boy may see secret church file

    July 11, 2011 6:47 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Catholic church officials must give a report about sexual abuse allegations against a now retired priest to the lawyer for a former altar boy who is suing him, a Terrebonne Parish judge has ruled. Attorneys for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux say they will appeal District Judge... more »
  • Judge Halts Sale of French Quarter Theater

    June 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the request of a group of theater boosters, a New Orleans judge has ordered the board of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to temporarily halt steps to sell part of the theater building for use as a restaurant. The theater board had agreed to... more »
  • Judge: BellSouth owes city of New Orleans

    June 15, 2011 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge says BellSouth owes the city of New Orleans millions of dollars for rights-of-way granted by the city for telephone service. What the final payment will be wasn't entirely clear in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's order. Fallon said BellSouth, now part of AT&T, owes... more »
  • Judge refuses delay in trial of Angola 5 inmate

    June 14, 2011 9:55 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The judge in the Angola 5 murder cases has refused to grant another delay in the first-degree murder trial of inmate Robert G. Carley. Judge Jerome M. Winsberg told Carley attorneys Friday he expects them to be ready to start jury selection in St. Tammany... more »
  • Judge denies postponement of Danziger trial

    June 10, 2011 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A defense motion to postpone the trial of five current and former New Orleans police officers accused of covering up the shooting of civilians on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been denied. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Thursday left June 20 as the trial... more »
  • Judge: Man guilty in 2009 stabbing

    June 8, 2011 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge swiftly convicted a Baton Rouge man of second-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the 2009 stabbing death of his former girlfriend at an assisted living facility where she worked. Twenty-eight-year-old Fredrick Jermaine Taylor, who testified shortly before state District... more »
  • Judge: Man guilty in 2009 stabbing

    June 8, 2011 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge swiftly convicted a Baton Rouge man of second-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the 2009 stabbing death of his former girlfriend at an assisted living facility where she worked. Twenty-eight-year-old Fredrick Jermaine Taylor, who testified shortly before state District... more »
  • Judge: Firm's restitution stays in man's death

    June 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has declined to reduce the $1 million fine and $2 million in restitution he ordered paid by a Colorado company that admitted partial responsibility for the death of a Louisiana plant worker. On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson said... more »
  • Federal Judge: Disabled Can Bring Suit to Trial

    May 19, 2011 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging state budget cuts to home-based care for some elderly and disabled individuals. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady rejected the Department of Health and Hospital efforts to avoid a trial in the case, which alleges... more »
  • New Judge in Threat Case Against President

    April 24, 2011 1:58 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new judge has been assigned to sentence a man convicted of making death threats to President Barack Obama. Mikeal Minton has been given a May 20 sentencing date in Lake Charles before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. The Advocate reported that Minton was scheduled to... more »
  • NFL Officials at Pre-Mediation Meeting with Judge

    April 13, 2011 12:07 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Lawyers for the NFL and league officials are meeting with the judge assigned to supervise court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players. The league's contingent arrived at the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on Wednesday morning. Executiv e vice president Jeff Pash, the... more »
  • Judge Sentences Mosley to Life

    February 15, 2011 7:03 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A state district judge has sentenced a teenager to life in prison for the fatal shooting and robbery of the assistant director of Shreveport Green. District Judge Roy Brun said Monday that not giving Markeece Mosley the maximum penalty for the second-degree murder of Yvonne Lee... more »
  • Judge grants delay in ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 20, 2011 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has granted a trial delay for a longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer. Mose Jefferson, brother of former Congressman William Jefferson, is charged with conspiring to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal government grant money earmarked... more »
  • Judge Reggie Speaks Out About Edwards' Release

    January 14, 2011 6:51 PM

    New Thursday on Governor Edwin Edwards, his good friend and confidant Judge Edmund Reggie sits down with KATC to talk about their friendship before, during and after his prison sentence. They met back in the 1940's, when both were law students at Tulane and then both got their political... more »
  • Judge asked to delay ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer asked a federal judge Wednesday to postpone his trial on charges he conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Doctors for Mose Jefferson,... more »
  • Judge sides with Coca-Cola in Barq's spat

    January 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Company filed by great-grandchildren of the founder of Barq's root beer, who claimed to have an ownership stake in the company that Coca-Cola purchased in 1995. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier granted Coca-Cola's bid to dismiss... more »
  • Judge has final say in Anna Nicole Smith case

    January 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge who once warned that if he disagreed with jury verdicts in the Anna Nicole Smith prescription drug case he might make changes in those decisions now has the chance to do just that at sentencing for a psychiatrist and Smith's lawyer boyfriend. Attorneys for... more »
  • Senate convicts La. judge on impeachment charge

    December 8, 2010 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted unanimously to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench. The decision makes Porteous just the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and convicted by Congress.... more »
  • Questions Answered in Jail Release; Smith Pays Up

    December 2, 2010 7:31 PM

    New information surfaces about the arrest and release of Saints player Will Smith in Lafayette. KATC's Maddie Garrett brings you an exclusive look inside the arrest from a man who sat next to Smith in jail. And the judge who released Smith finally gives a response. The controversy first... more »
  • Judge keeps 911 calls secret in student shooting

    November 12, 2010 9:52 PM

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A judge has refused to release 911 calls and other evidence to the parents of a college football player who was shot and killed by police, saying they failed to include any firsthand account of what happened. Danroy and Angella Henry of Easton, Mass., had... more »
  • Judge Closes Hearing on Offshore Drilling Permits

    November 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday barred news organizations from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not yet issued a single permit to allow offshore drilling even though a moratorium was lifted in October. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would... more »
  • Judge Orders Sale of Medical Center

    November 6, 2010 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal bankruptcy court Judge Douglas Dodd has given Stanocola Medical Center until Jan. 31 to complete a sale of its assets to People's Health, a Metairie-based, doctor-owned Medicare Advantage plan. Stanocola, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, had sought to convert its bankruptcy to... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans tech chief pleads guilty

    November 1, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former technology chief for the City of New Orleans pleaded guilty Monday in a fraud scheme that prosecutors said brought him more than $860,000 in bribes and kickbacks, paid by a businessman to whom he allegedly steered $4 million in city contracts. Greg Meffert, at... more »
  • Louisiana Judge Ordered Off Attempted Murder Case

    October 22, 2010 10:51 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - State District Judge Mike Canaday ordered Judge Wilford Carter removed from attempted murder cases pending against four men accused of shooting at a police lieutenant whom Carter has publicly criticized. Canaday's ruling came Wednesday during a hearing at which Lake Charles Police Lt. Arnold Bellow... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority Hearing

    October 12, 2010 1:18 PM

    The Lafayette Housing Authority hearing wraps up in Judge Edward Rubin's courtroom today after just a few minutes. During the 10:30 a.m. hearing, both sides submitted evidence. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel was not present. City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger was there in his place. Durel had been ordered to appear... more »
  • Judge orders pit bull killed for biting

    October 11, 2010 9:48 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Lafourche Parish judge has ruled that a pit bull that bit a 12-year-old boy without provocation must die. The Comet reports that the dog's owner, Marie Bermudez, agreed to the order handed down Monday by Judge Walt Lanier. The dog named Duke bit the boy's... more »
  • Retired 15th Judicial Circuit Judge Dead at Age 83

    October 6, 2010 4:26 PM

    Judge Hugh Ellis Brunson (Ret.) was born June 7, 1927, at Crowley, Louisiana; He was a member of a pioneer Acadia Parish family. His grandfather, Dr. E.M. Ellis, was an early physician and surgeon and instrumental in establishing an early hospital in Crowley who brought his bride Ruth Pearl Cheney... more »
  • Calcasieu Parish judge Pulled From Murder Case

    October 4, 2010 12:16 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish judge has been pulled from a murder case because of what another judge called the "untenable discord" between him and prosecutors in the case. Judge Robert Wyatt rejected prosecutors' allegations that Judge Wilford Carter could not be fair or impartial about 33-year-old... more »
  • Snyder to Face Judge This Week

    October 3, 2010 10:57 PM

    John Snyder, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Krotz Springs native, Davina Chapman will face a judge this week. A pre-trial hearing is set for Monday at the Point Coupee Parish Courthouse in New Roads. Right now, a trial date is set for october 12th.
  • New Judge Assigned in Angola Five Case

    September 30, 2010 11:04 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish officials say a new judge has been assigned to preside over the trials of five inmates accused of killing a security officer during an escape attempt in December 1999. An order signed earlier this week by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine... more »
  • "Last Comic Standing" judge Greg Giraldo Dies at 44

    September 29, 2010 6:57 PM

    The website TMZ.com is reporting that "Last Comic Standing" judge Greg Giraldo was pronounced dead today from an accidental overdose, after he was taken to a New Jersey hospital Tuesday when he was found unconscious in his hotel room. The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick reported Monday that... more »
  • Judge won't separate trials in burned body case

    September 28, 2010 9:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to order separate trials in the case against five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's fatal shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Former officer David Warren is charged with shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover before his body turned up... more »
  • Judge to Weigh Ownership of 840 Pound Emerald

    September 24, 2010 3:58 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small army of lawyers has converged in a Los Angeles courtroom to argue ownership of the world's second largest emerald. The Superior Court judge is reviewing attorney documents on Friday before hearing testimony from the first of several people who claim to own the 840-pound... more »
  • Judge Rules in Abortion Clinic's License

    September 22, 2010 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge has indefinitely barred state health officials from enforcing the Sept. 3 suspension of a north Louisiana abortion clinic's license. During a hearing Tuesday, J.E. Cullens, who represents Hope Medical Group for Women, argued the Shreveport-based clinic is a law-abiding business that... more »
  • Judge rules no rights violation in bridge blockade

    September 21, 2010 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon has ruled in favor of the police in the lawsuit alleging constitutional rights violations on the part of the Jefferson Parish police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. WWL-TV reported Tuesday that Lemmon dismissed most of the claims against... more »
  • Judge to Rule on Satonia Small Case

    September 21, 2010 9:46 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - A Caddo district judge will rule Sept. 30 on whether to acquit a Shreveport woman convicted of murder after her 6-year-old daughter died in an apartment fire while home alone with another child. Defense attorney Christopher Hatch filed the post-verdict motion Monday arguing that Satonia Small did... more »
  • Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    September 20, 2010 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a New Orleans man was killed after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the guardrail of the Judge Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal. John Gagliano, chief investigator at the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, says that 28-year-old Early Brooks died about 5 a.m. Saturday... more »
  • Congress to Impeach LA Federal Judge

    September 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge from Louisiana is corrupt and unfit to serve on the bench, House members said Monday as they began a rare congressional impeachment trial by laying out their case against the jurist. Playing the role of prosecutors, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.,... more »
  • Judge sets trial date in fatal restaurant shooting

    September 10, 2010 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has set a March 21 trial date for the alleged triggerman in the September 2006 slaying of an Olive Garden employee outside the Baton Rouge restaurant. State District Judge Don Johnson set the trial date on Thursday. 32-year-old Tracy Young of Baton Rouge... more »
  • Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional

    September 9, 2010 9:48 PM

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in Southern California on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of gay and lesbians. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask,... more »
  • Ex-judge gets prison in bribery scheme

    September 9, 2010 9:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former state judge has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme to allow inmates to get out of jail without paying any bond money. Sixty-two-year-old Wayne Cresap, who sat in St. Bernard Parish, also was ordered Thursday to... more »
  • Judge won't delay sentencing in bridge shooting

    August 31, 2010 9:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge refused Tuesday to postpone a sentencing hearing for Jeffrey Lehrmann, a former New Orleans police detective who pleaded guilty to helping cover up a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Justice Department lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to reconsider an... more »
  • Judge Tosses Brutality Suit Against Officers

    August 30, 2010 5:48 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing three Opelousas police officers of brutality. Judge James Doherty ruled there was insufficient evidence to bring the case to trial. Adrien Henry filed suit in 2008 against S05 p.m. Baltigt. Brody Ortego and Freddie Henderson, a reserve officer.... more »
  • Judge dismisses promoters' lawsuit against Jackson

    August 19, 2010 9:58 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a concert promoter against the late Michael Jackson over a failed reunion concert. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. granted a motion by lawyers for Jackson's estate to dismiss the case, citing a lack of evidence... more »
  • Judge in Angola 5 case resigns

    August 13, 2010 9:49 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The judge hearing the trials of five Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates accused of killing a security officer nearly 11 years ago has resigned from the case, citing family health issues. Several defense attorneys told The Advocate they were shocked when retired Orleans Parish District Judge... more »
  • Judge Temporarily Barred Officials From Enforcing Women Getting Abortions to Have an Ultrasound

    August 12, 2010 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred Louisiana state officials from enforcing part of a new law that requires women getting abortions to have an ultrasound exam. Women won't have to view the ultrasound or receive a copy of it while a temporary restraining order issued... more »
  • New Orleans judge to handle most Gulf spill suits

    August 10, 2010 9:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans was picked Tuesday to preside over more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies over the Gulf oil spill, in a move that should please many of the plaintiffs' lawyers and their clients. The U.S. Judicial Panel... more »
  • Federal Judge OKs Extension in Lafayette Sex Trial

    August 10, 2010 7:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has granted a continuance in the scheduled trial of a former private-school counselor accused of a federal sex crime. The U.S. District Judge Richard Haik signed the order Friday, but it was not published until Monday. The order was in response to a... more »
  • Judge Who Turned Over Payroll Records Quits

    August 7, 2010 4:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans city judge who turned over her office's payroll records to federal investigators has resigned. First elected in 1998, Sonja Spears has been living part time in Massachusetts, where her children attend school. The Times-Picayune reported that Spears and her husband own a $1.3... more »
  • Federal Judge Overturned California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    August 4, 2010 5:22 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America, according to a person close to the case. Chief U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Environmental Groups: Disqualify Judge Who Overturned Moratorium

    August 2, 2010 3:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Several environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to disqualify a judge from a lawsuit over the Obama administration's initial six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman overturned the temporary drilling ban in June and refused last month to withdraw from... more »
  • Vitter Comments on Judge Blocking Portions of Arizona's Immigration Law

    July 28, 2010 4:11 PM

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement in response to a ruling by a federal judge blocking several key portions of Arizona's new immigration law: "This decision, just like the whole approach by the Obama administration, is outrageous. The Arizona law is simply trying to enforce the laws... more »
  • Judge Seals Evidence in Federal Sex Case

    July 23, 2010 9:12 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has sealed evidence in a federal sex-crime case involving a former private school counselor. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hill Thursday granted a joint motion filed by the government and defense, sealing a 24-page exhibit containing e-mails allegedly exchanged between Hargrave and a... more »
  • Judge: Noose Lawsuit to Go Forward

    July 20, 2010 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state judge has ruled a lawsuit that accuses a Baton Rouge man of putting a hangman's noose in a black colleague's work area in 2008 can moved forward. State District Judge Mike Caldwell rejected arguments on Monday from attorneys for Reggie Parent and GeoEngineers... more »
  • Judge Refuses to Withdraw From Drilling Ban Case

    July 19, 2010 8:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge who overturned the Obama administration's initial six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling has refused to disqualify himself from the case. Several environmental groups had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to withdraw from the case because of his investments in several oil and... more »
  • Federal Judge Tries to Streamline Oil Spill Suits

    July 3, 2010 4:54 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans is trying to streamline the legal process for more than 30 lawsuits arising from the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. An order filed this week from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier temporarily consolidates the lawsuits for pretrial purposes.... more »
  • Judge Orders Documents Released in Rangers' Case

    June 28, 2010 8:32 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - A bankruptcy judge has ordered Major League Baseball to turn over certain documents to some of the Texas Rangers' angry creditors trying to block the team's sale. But U.S Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan on Monday also ordered creditors to give documents to the team and baseball commissioner.... more »
  • Judge Refused To Delay Decision To Strike Down Moratorium

    June 24, 2010 1:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans has refused to delay his decision to strike down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to stay his ruling while... more »
  • Judge Who Nixed Drilling Ban has Oil Investments

    June 23, 2010 9:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.... more »
  • Judge Maintains Guillory's 50 Years Sentence

    June 22, 2010 9:15 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Accused serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory's attempt to get his sentence reduced in an unrelated case has been denied. State District Judge Edwin Rubin on Monday upheld his original sentence of 50 years at hard labor without benefit of probation or parole for Guillory for the... more »
  • Judge Rule by Wednesday: Overturn Moratorium

    June 21, 2010 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies that ferry people and supplies to offshore oil rigs are asking a judge to overturn a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard two hours of arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore, a Covington, La.-based... more »

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