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  • Legal, political hurdles in child migrant crisis

    July 6, 2014 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The legal, humanitarian and political constraints facing the Obama administration as it copes with thousands of Central American children entering the country illegally came into sharp focus in a series of interviews Sunday. A George W. Bush-era law to address human trafficking prevents the government from returning... more »
  • Self-help legal website operating

    July 5, 2014 12:37 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has introduced a new self-help website designed to provide easier and wider access to legal services. Fourth Judicial District Judge Wendell Manning says the website - - is the result of a collaboration between the court, its bar association, the Louisiana... more »
  • Many drugs remain legal after "bath salts" ban

    July 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up. Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines... more »
  • St. Helena hires legal expert to craft new sex law

    April 2, 2012 8:44 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has hired Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based lawyer whose practice specializes in helping local governments draft laws that regulate adult businesses. Police Jury Vice President Thomas Wicker tells The Advocate Bergthold was recommended to the police jury by the Moral... more »
  • More Legal Ramifications Could Follow Mardi Gras Fight Over Float

    February 22, 2012 11:14 PM

    More consequences could be on the way for those involved in a Mardi Gras fight, including a legal battle and changes to parade rules. Police arrested Lafayette developer Glenn Stewart after officials said he punched a woman, Erin May Fitzgerald, in the face, knocking her unconscious. He's currently charged with... more »
  • Synthetic Marijuana Troubles Law Enforcement

    September 14, 2011 10:56 PM

    Known as "legal herb," "spice" or "herbal incense," synthetic marijuana has been around for a few years now. But getting it off the streets hasn't been easy for law enforcement. "They're called synthetic cannabinoids, they're not actually cannabinoids," said Acadiana Crime Lab Director Kevin Ardoin. Ardoin sees packets... more »
  • Kin of Gulf Rig Worker Killed Settles Legal Claims

    April 9, 2011 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair... more »
  • Should Marijuana be Legal in Louisiana?

    February 15, 2011 11:36 PM

    The debate over the decriminalization of marijuana is about to heat up. A grassroots organization, called "Legalize Louisiana" has organized a pro-pot march in Lafayette for next month. "The aim is that we will have safe and free access for cannabis for any medical patient or recreational user who... more »
  • Louisiana Port Considers Legal Action Against Casino

    October 26, 2010 11:25 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Port of Lake Charles is prepared to take legal action to force Pinnacle Entertainment to give up its hold on what was to be the site of the Sugarcane Bay casino-resort. The port board voted 5-0 Monday to have the agency's staff use legal... more »
  • New Synthetic Legal Marijuana

    September 17, 2010 11:22 AM

    PASCGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County authorities say a new synthetic marijuana has made its way into the local market. The Mississippi Press reports that one its reporters went to an unidentified convenience store and paid $21.40 for a one-gram package of Nola Diamond grape potpourri. The newspaper says the... more »

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