GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man serving life in prison as a habitual offender is challenging a new state law that lets judges reduce sentences for prison informants who help unrelated criminal investigations. The Times-Picayune reports that 51-year-old Craig Parent contends the law violates the state constitution's separation of powers... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Kansas company that sells fireworks in Louisiana is asking a state judge to strike down a law that imposes higher permit fees and penalties on out-of-state fireworks retailers than on local sellers. A hearing is scheduled June 20 before state District Judge Wilson Fields.... more »
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for early next year in the lawsuit filed against an upstate New York church by a man whose leg had to be amputated after a 600-pound crucifix fell on him. Attorney Kevin Kitson of White Plains tells The Associated Press that... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a class-action lawsuit that accuses New Orleans jail officials of routinely subjecting prisoners to brutal and inhumane conditions. The federal suit filed Monday against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and other jail officials claims Orleans Parish Prison is oversized... more »
According to court documents, Jarvis J. Claiborne is suing the city of Opelousas, along with B&B Builders and Investors, Inc., and the Code Enforcement Director for the City of Opelousas over a vacant building next to Claiborne's business.
Claiborne says that his business on N. Main Street in Opelousas... more »
HOUMA, La. (AP) - A company seeking to dispose oilfield waste fluids in an underground well is suing Terrebonne Parish following a decision to keep the well out of north Houma. Vanguard Environmental is asking an East Baton Rouge Parish judge to decide whether the parish can enforce its law... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group sues Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, saying he didn't properly assess the chance of damage to endangered whales and sea turtles from oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity says the BP PLC spill proves a new... more »