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  • Court: Give contractor records about cancellation

    March 23, 2014 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state appeal court in Baton Rouge says Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims. The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services Inc.'s contract after news about a federal grand jury subpoena to look... more »
  • Chris Brown returns to court after rehab dismissal

    March 17, 2014 6:05 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown is facing a court hearing Monday over why he was kicked out if rehab and what penalties he should face. The 24-year-old R&B singer spent the weekend in jail after being arrested after his dismissal from a Malibu treatment facility for violating its rules.... more »
  • Darren Sharper in Los Angeles court on rape case

    March 13, 2014 9:58 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper returns to court Thursday for a hearing that will determine whether he's released on bail amid new charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women last year in Tempe, Ariz. The athlete has been in a Los Angeles jail... more »
  • Court confirms death sentence in India gang rape

    March 13, 2014 7:41 AM

    NEW DELHI (AP) - A New Delhi court has confirmed the death penalty imposed by a lower court to four men convicted for the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in December 2012. A special fast track court had sentenced the men in September, saying... more »
  • Coaches accused of cheating go to court Feb. 19

    February 10, 2014 6:59 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A pretrial hearing is scheduled next week for five assistant football coaches at Destrehan High accused of cheating. The Courier reports the coaches, along with one of their girlfriends, are accused of using a South Lafourche High School player's user name and password to access a... more »
  • New Orleans court clerk carjacked

    November 28, 2013 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police are searching for three men who carjacked and robbed the clerk of Second City Court and his cousin. Darren Lombard recalled Monday's incident, telling The New Orleans Advocate that three men walked toward them about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the city's Algiers neighborhood... more »
  • Facebook Page Created to Help Alleged 9-11 Vandal

    September 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    Two days after the 9-11 memorial in Downtown Lafayette was defaced, a group is rallying around the suspect. Salvador Perez remains behind bars tonight and is being held on $11,000 bond. He appeared before Judge Thomas Fredrick via video from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. Perez is facing charges... more »
  • Seth Fontenot Pre-trial Begins Tomorrow

    August 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    Seth Fontenot will be back in court tomorrow morning for a pre-trial hearing. Fontenot is accused of killing 15-year-old Austin Rivault and injuring two other teens after shooting at their vehicle. He's facing charges of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. Tomorrow, both... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius arrives in South African court

    August 19, 2013 3:54 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius has arrived at a South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. Pistorius stood Monday in the dock of the Pretoria courtroom and wiped away tears. He also held hands with his brother Carl... more »
  • Court declares Ouachita schools unitary

    August 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Ouachita Parish School District will no longer be required to seek approval from the U.S. District Court before making changes within the district. In a ruling issued Tuesday, The News-Star reports the court officially declared the district "unitary." Superintendent Bob Webber called the ruling "monumental" for Ouachita Parish after 47... more »
  • St. Charles court to reopen after powder scare

    July 30, 2013 8:32 AM

    HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) - The St. Charles Parish Courthouse reopens Tuesday for normal business after authorities evacuated the building when a judge's staff member opened an envelope and a white, flakey substance was found. The sheriff's office said staff in Judge Lauren Lemmon's office received the envelope from an inmate... more »
  • Wade Lohse Sentenced to 20 Years Hard Labor

    July 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    Wade Lohse is now serving a twenty year sentence in jail with hard labor after accepting a plea deal in court today. Lohse pled no contest to vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew. She's the 29 year old Youngsville mom who died last year in a... more »
  • States promise quick action after court ruling

    June 26, 2013 6:13 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with... more »
  • Tangipahoa ask court to reopen railroad crossings

    June 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council has voted to authorize the council's attorney to file for a court order to force state transportation officials to reopen three railroad crossings in the parish that were closed in early Saturday. The Advocate reports Parish President Gordon Burgess, council members and... more »
  • Court cuts Corps back out of 17th St Canal lawsuit

    April 29, 2013 8:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court ruling has added a new twist to a complicated legal property rights case along a canal that was breached during Hurricane Katrina, contributing to the floods over most of New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has knocked the Army... more »
  • Wade Lohse Calls KATC & Post Video While on the Run

    April 8, 2013 9:30 PM

    The most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse, is speaking out while on the run. The US Marshal's Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are still searching for Wade Lohse. Authorities say he's armed and dangerous. Two weeks ago, he walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse just... more »
  • Cacie Barras McGrew's Mom Speaks Out After Lohse Video

    April 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    Cacie Barras McGrew's mother, Cindy Barras, is speaking out to KATC about the YouTube video Wade Lohse posted explaining why he ran out of a Lafayette courtroom two weeks ago before his trial. "First of all, he didn't show true remorse and the justice system cannot be wrong on... more »
  • Seth Fontenot Bonds Out and Family Speaks Out

    March 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    This morning 18-year-old Seth Fontenot pled not guilty to one charge of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. He's accused of shooting at a truck with three teens inside, killing one. Fontenot did not appear in court today, his attorney Tommy Guilbeau entered the... more »
  • 1st woman chief judge on Gretna state appeal court

    January 4, 2013 4:48 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - The first woman elected to Louisiana's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal is now the first woman to become its chief judge. Judge Susan Chehardy is the ninth chief judge of the court, which was established in Gretna in 1982. Chehardy was elected in 1998. As chief... more »
  • La. Supreme Court to hear cases in Natchitoches

    October 10, 2012 8:02 AM

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court will hold court Oct. 18 at Northwestern State University to hear oral arguments on four cases. The session is part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the work of the court, a release from... more »
  • Appeals court upholds slaying verdict

    October 4, 2012 8:58 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a man serving a one-year home detention sentence for the December 2009 shooting death of David Trahan. The Advocate reports the Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed Jerry Steinle's conviction Wednesday. Judge Edward Rubin found Steinle guilty... more »
  • New Court Records Reveal What DA's Office Believes Happened in Shunick, Pate Murders

    August 2, 2012 11:11 PM

    A new document was filed into court today in the case of the State of Louisiana versus Brandon Scott Lavergne. Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes filed a "Disclosure, Production, Notice to Defendant, and Request for State's Discovery". In it, he outlines what information is available to the defendant's attorneys, but... more »
  • Vilma Back to Court in TRO Hearing vs. NFL

    July 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma goes back to federal court on Thursday, seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow him to return to work while his lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pending. Goodell suspended Vilma for the entire season for what the NFL... more »
  • Court meeting set for New Orleans police agreement

    July 26, 2012 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is expected to hold a status conference on the new agreement between the city of New Orleans and the Justice Department aimed at reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department. Officials said the meeting was set for 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Court to hear ex-officers' appeals in Katrina case

    July 11, 2012 6:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to review the Justice Department's case against three former New Orleans police officers who were convicted of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a man whose burned body turned up in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. David Warren, who was convicted... more »
  • UK court: Mulcaire must reveal phone hacking names

    July 4, 2012 9:43 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A private investigator convicted of hacking phones for a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid must reveal who at the newspaper ordered him to do it, Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Glenn Mulcaire was jailed briefly in 2007 for eavesdropping on the voicemail messages of royal aides on behalf of... more »
  • Court to review Planned Parenthood funding ban

    June 7, 2012 7:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court will review a new Texas rule that prohibits Planned Parenthood groups from participating in a taxpayer-funded program providing health care and family planning services to low-income women. The state is asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to... more »
  • Drug court program rates high

    April 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Ask anyone associated with the 4th Judicial District Court's drug court program and they will say its success has been overwhelming. The News-Star reports the drug court program, which was started in Ouachita Parish in June 1998, consists of judicially supervised court dockets that handle the... more »
  • Supreme Court Says Storm Death Files Can Be Secret

    March 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    The Louisiana Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by two news organizations to examine the files of a state investigation into allegations that doctors at a New Orleans hospital euthanized patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a 4-3 decision issued Friday, the high court said the files concerning... more »
  • Court to hear case over Miss. pumps project

    February 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... more »
  • Ex-wife of ex-official due in court Tuesday

    January 17, 2012 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The ex-wife of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard is due in federal court Tuesday morning to be arraigned on a reduced charge in the payroll fraud case against her, Broussard and a former parish attorney. Federal prosecutors filed the new charge on Thursday against Karen... more »
  • Appeals court: Texas may enforce abortion law

    January 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal appeals court in New Orleans says Texas can enforce an abortion law passed last year while opponents challenge it in court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a district judge's temporary order against enforcing the law.... more »
  • Katrina-Flood Lawsuit,130 Case against Army Corps to be Heard in Court

    December 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit alleging the Army Corps of Engineers ruined property in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after it built a shipping channel that turned into a conduit for storm surge during Hurricane Katrina is to be heard in court this week. A trial... more »
  • Wrongful Cremation Case Ends Without Trial

    October 31, 2011 11:25 PM

    It's been two years since two bodies were mixed up at Lafayette General Medical Center, ending with a wrongful cremation. On Monday that case came to a close in the 15th Judicial Court in Lafayette. In October 2009, 58-year-old Ruby Joseph died of a heart attack at Lafayette General.... more »
  • High Profile Murder Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

    October 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    A high profile murder trial comes to a close in Lafayette Thursday with what some are calling an unexpected outcome. This is the second time 22-year-old Troydell Simmons appeared in court, accused of shooting a Carencro man in the head in July 2009. While the first time ended in a... more »
  • Court Asked to Seize Baton Rouge Development

    October 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A North Carolina bank has asked a state judge to seize the Lakes at Magnolia Trace and sell it to settle a $6.1 million debt. The Advocate reported ( construction work on the 81-lot Baton Rouge subdivision began in 2008. Roads and sidewalks were laid... more »
  • Elderly Woman Issued Court Summons for 911 Calls

    September 12, 2011 11:40 PM

    In St. Mary Parish, a 73-year-old woman was issued a court summons. Deputies said it's because she called 9-1-1 a total of nine times in two days. The Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff, Steve Clarke told KATC, each call was a non-emergency, and since issuing the summons, she hasn't... more »
  • Major Online Child Porn Ring Connected to Lafayette

    July 21, 2011 9:59 PM

    An online child pornography ring, with suspects located across the U.S., originated in Louisiana. Now nearly a dozen suspects are facing trial in Lafayette. The Internet bulletin board was called Dreamboard, and according to federal documents, there are 22 alleged members of the site. At least some of the suspects... more »
  • NYC synagogue terror plot suspects due in court

    June 15, 2011 10:38 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Two men charged with scheming to blow up synagogues in New York City are due in court in the unusual terrorism case, brought under state laws. Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh have a court date Wednesday. Both have denied initial charges including conspiracy as a crime... more »
  • Court rejects sex bias claim on citizenship rule

    June 13, 2011 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge by a Mexican-born man to a citizenship law that treats men and women differently. The court voted 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds the criminal conviction against Ruben Flores-Villar on immigration charges. The tie vote resolves Flores-Villar's case, but sets... more »
  • Court turns away appeal over Steinbeck copyrights

    June 13, 2011 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a son of author John Steinbeck over the publishing rights to "The Grapes of Wrath" and other early works. The appeal by Thomas Steinbeck is similar to the one the high court rejected in 2009. They both stem from... more »
  • Court says Halliburton lawsuit can go forward

    June 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says Halliburton Co. shareholders can pursue a class-action lawsuit claiming the oil services company inflated its stock price. The high court on Monday overturned a lower court ruling against the shareholders, who want to represent all investors who bought Halliburton stock between June 1999... more »
  • Monks' Casket Fight Lands in Federal Court

    June 5, 2011 11:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An order of Benedictine monks takes on the funeral industry Monday in a federal court dispute over whether the monks can sell simple caskets - or the state can block them from doing so until they pass a myriad of licensing requirements. The monks of St.... more »
  • Court: Sentence For Carjacking Not Excessive

    April 28, 2011 7:22 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that a 57-year prison sentence given to a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who carjacked a woman and her mother in Alexandria was not excessive. In 2009, Felton Hurst Jr. punched a woman and knocked her mother down while... more »
  • Kenny Mire Heading to Court Today

    March 18, 2011 8:25 AM

    The trial date for Kenny Mire was scheduled on Friday March 18th but it has been postponed. Officials say the date will be rescheduled because of a written request that was filed on Wednesday. The Lafayette Parish school bus driver was arrested in September of 2009 for a DWI charge.... more »
  • Court date set for man arrested after chase

    February 24, 2011 8:27 PM

    BENTON, La. (AP) - A state judge in Bossier Parish has set an Aug. 8 trial for an Oregon man accused of trying to kill a state trooper after a high-speed chase in 2007. The Bossier Press-Tribune reported that 33-year-old Adam Jackson, of Portland, will stand trial on charges filed... more »
  • Rapides Parish court offers amnesty to no-shows

    February 10, 2011 9:27 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Rapides Parish court officials are offering amnesty to those who have not paid court fines and costs or who have outstanding bench warrants for not paying the fines. The amnesty program does not affect city court cases. Anyone who has unpaid fines and costs may pay... more »
  • Will Smith in Lafayette court today

    November 29, 2010 9:38 AM

    Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints is due in a Lafayette courtroom today. Smith was arrested early Saturday morning on Jefferson Street for allegedly pulling his wife down the street by her hair. He's been charged with domestic abuse and simple battery. On twitter and facebook, Smith's... more »
  • Avoyelles board member seat challenged in court

    November 23, 2010 7:14 AM

    MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Avoyelles Parish School Board member Lizzie Ned won re-election to a second term in October, but it will be up to the courts to decide if she gets to serve the new term. The Town Talk reports Ned is the subject of two lawsuits. The District... more »
  • Holder honors first black La. high court justice

    November 11, 2010 10:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The nation's first black attorney general has visited New Orleans to pay tribute to the Louisiana Supreme Court's first black justice. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke Thursday at Dillard University's dedication of a mock trial center named after Justice Revius Ortique Jr., who died in 2008... more »
  • Octomom's Doctor in Court For Implanting Her With Too Many Embryos

    October 18, 2010 1:06 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The fertility doctor who treated octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is at a licensing hearing in Los Angeles to face allegations that he implanted her with too many embryos. Wearing a gray suit and a blank expression, Dr. Michael Kamrava sat quietly alongside his lawyer at... more »
  • Lawsuit Filed Against BP Staying in Federal Court

    October 6, 2010 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit that several Louisiana district attorneys filed against BP PLC over the Gulf oil spill is staying in federal court. The district attorneys for Terrebonne, St. Tammany and St. Mary parishes wanted their lawsuit transferred to state court, but U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Supreme Court Exonerated Inmate

    October 6, 2010 2:55 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court may reconsider a $14 million judgment to a former death row inmate who accused New Orleans prosecutors of withholding evidence to help convict him of murder. Justices seemed skeptical Wednesday when John Thompson argued that the district attorney's office in New Orleans showed deliberate... more »
  • ACLU in Federal Court Appealing Same Sex Class in Vermilion Parish School

    October 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union went before a federal appeals court Tuesday in hopes of stopping what they say is an unconstitutional system of sex-segregated classes at a southern Louisiana school. The ACLU filed a federal suit in 2009 against the Vermilion Parish School... more »
  • Rant-Appeals Court Ruled Government Funding of Stem Cell Research Can Continue

    September 29, 2010 12:22 PM

    What's your opinion on the appeals court decision to allow the government to continue the funding of embryonic stem cell research? Click the RANT icon on our homepage and leave a comment. We could air it tonight at 10:00. WASHINGTON (AP) - An appeals court ruled Tuesday that government... more »
  • Miami Court Upheld Ruling Overturned Law Banning Adoption by Gays

    September 22, 2010 11:32 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - A Miami appeals court has upheld a ruling overturning Florida's law banning adoption by gays. The 3rd District Court of Appeal issued its decision Wednesday affirming a lower court's decision that the ban is unconstitutional. Florida is the only state with a law flatly banning gays from... more »
  • State Court Order Requiring Tobacco Companies To Pay $270 Million Blocked

    September 14, 2010 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has temporarily blocked a state court order requiring tobacco companies to pay $270 million for a smoking cessation program in Louisiana. Scalia granted a request from the companies on Tuesday, but said he would reconsider his order later this month after hearing... more »
  • Material Witness to a Quadruple Killing Expected in Calcasieu Parish Court

    September 14, 2010 12:00 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The man held on $5 million bond as a material witness to a quadruple killing wasn't expected in Calcasieu Parish court for a hearing about his right to an attorney. Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams Jr. also had a similar... more »
  • `Granddad Bandit' to Appear in Va. Court

    September 10, 2010 6:57 AM

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The bank robbery suspect the FBI nicknamed the "Granddad Bandit" is due for his first federal court appearance in Virginia. A detention hearing is set Friday morning for 52-year-old Michael Francis Mara in Richmond, followed by his arraignment before a different judge in the same courthouse.... more »
  • Judges take court cases on the road

    September 7, 2010 9:20 PM

    MONREO, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal, featuring three northeastern Louisiana judges, is taking the bench on the road later this month. The News-Star reported on Tuesday that a panel that includes Judge Milton Moore of Monroe, Judge Larry Lolley of Monroe and Judge Felicia Williams of... more »
  • LA Second Circuit Court of Appeal Taking the Bench on the Road

    September 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    MONREO, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal, featuring three northeastern Louisiana judges, is taking the bench on the road later this month. The News-Star reported on Tuesday that a panel that includes Judge Milton Moore of Monroe, Judge Larry Lolley of Monroe and Judge Felicia Williams of... more »
  • Appeals court rules for Eminem in royalty lawsuit

    September 3, 2010 10:19 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has found Eminem's former production company is entitled to more money from downloads of the rapper's songs and ringtones. A federal jury last year had ruled against F.B.T. Productions LLC in its lawsuit against Universal Music Group seeking a greater share of... more »
  • Court Halts CA Gay Marriages Pending Appeal

    August 16, 2010 6:54 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban. The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps a lower court judge's order that... more »
  • Appeals Court Postpones Hearing on Drilling Ban

    August 16, 2010 6:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has postponed its Sept. 1 hearing on an overturned six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling because the panel is seeking more information about the government's new temporary drilling ban. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ordered... more »
  • Mexican Supreme Court Upheld Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

    August 5, 2010 3:20 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican Supreme Court has voted to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico City's 6-month-old law allowing same-sex marriages. The justices have voted 8-2 to uphold the law against challenges filed by federal prosecutors, who argued it violates the constitutional principle of protection of the family. Hundreds... more »
  • Monroe Police Chief Asks Court to Bar Demotion

    August 3, 2010 6:13 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe's mayor demotes the police chief to captain, and the chief asks for a court order to remain chief while he appeals the decision. Chief Ron Schleuter (SLOO-ter) has been on administrative leave since Feb. 16, after news reports revealed he had been secretly taping Mayor... 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 »
  • Oil Spill Claims Would Be "Crazy" To Bypass Fund And Take Their Chances In Court

    July 19, 2010 1:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says fishermen and others with lost income claims would be "crazy" to bypass the fund and take their chances in court. Ken Feinberg said at speech Monday that that he will be much more generous than... more »
  • Derrick Todd Lee Back In Court

    July 12, 2010 5:15 PM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - A convicted south Louisiana serial killer was back in a state district court for a hearing related to his appeal. The judge on Monday gave attorneys for Derrick Todd Lee four more months to look over evidence as the case continues. Lee was convicted of... more »
  • Court Rejects Bid to Restore Drilling Moratorium

    July 9, 2010 6:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues. The ruling is not the final word on the Obama administration's fight to suspend... more »
  • Court: School Board Not at Fault for Rape

    July 8, 2010 9:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Lafayette Parish School Board is not at fault for the claimed 2004 sexual abuse of a then-Lafayette Middle School student. The ruling reverses a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal decision that said the board was partially at fault... more »
  • High Court Reinstates 30-Year Prison Sentence

    July 8, 2010 7:40 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated the 30-year sentence of a woman who pleaded guilty to killing one person and injuring three others while driving under the influence of legal and illegal drugs. Marilyn LeBlanc pleaded guilty in March 2008 to one count of vehicular homicide... more »
  • Appeals Court to Hear Drilling Moratorium Case

    July 8, 2010 6:50 AM

    s NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear the Justice Department's bid to delay a judge's decision to overturn a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday from lawyers on... more »
  • Livingston Buys Church Building for Court

    July 2, 2010 7:04 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish has purchased a church to house a new courtroom. Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be torn down to create additional courthouse parking.... more »
  • Appeals Court Rejects New Trial for Black Panther

    June 21, 2010 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision to grant a new trial to a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a Louisiana prison guard. U.S. District Judge James Brady had ruled in 2008 that Albert Woodfox's defense... more »
  • Court-Police Drama "Law & Order" Has Been Axed

    May 14, 2010 1:20 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The venerable court-police drama "Law & Order" has been axed. NBC announced Friday that the show would end its historic 20-year run on May 24. The show starred an ensemble cast of S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Linus Roache, Alana De La Garza and... more »
  • 10th Defendant Pleads Guilty in Bribe Case

    May 12, 2010 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 61-year-old man has admitted to his role in a bribery scheme involving Baton Rouge City Court, bringing to 10 the number of people who have pleaded guilty in the case. Robert Stevens pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of conspiracy in... more »
  • Obama Nominates Solicitor General To The Supreme Court

    May 10, 2010 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time. The nomination... more »
  • Lacassin Trial

    April 21, 2010 6:54 PM

    A high profile case is underway in St. Landry Parish. The husband of Krotz Springs Police Chief, Susie Lacassin, is on trial. But, it's what he's accused of and with whom that's drawing attention. Arthur Douglas Lacassin was arrested in 2007 for charges of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.... more »
  • Crawfish suit now in federal court

    March 14, 2010 6:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit claiming that pipeline dredging has hurt Atchafalaya Basin crawfish trappers is now in federal court. The suit alleges that ridges left along dredged areas, called spoil banks, have created stagnant, dead areas of water in the area known as Buffalo Cove. The... more »
  • Vermillion Courthouse Beefs Up Security

    March 11, 2010 6:57 PM

    A break-in prompts an Acadiana courthouse to beef up security. An intoxicated man broke into the Vermillion Parish Courthouse early Saturday morning, but no one noticed until a janitor saw the broken window the next day. Although no one was hurt, the incident was a wake up call... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Arrest Report: February 28, 2010

    February 28, 2010 6:28 PM

    Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Daily Arrest Report February 28, 2010 Name: Allnet, Susan Charge: Acadia Parish Arresting Agency: Scott Pd Address: 200 Blk Mill STR Scott, La Name: Batiste, Herman Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 700 Blk Landry STR Breaux Bridge, La Name:... more »
  • St. Landry Arrest Report: Feb. 26, 2010

    February 26, 2010 12:36 PM

    This is the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report for February 26, 2010. Warrick Dwayne Castille, age 40, Vito St., Lake Charles, La., arrested by Port Barre Police Dept., charged with aggravated second degree battery. Sandra Joyce Antoine, age 28, Joseph St., Opelousas, La., arrested by Louisiana... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Drug Task Force Arrests: Feb. 26, 2010

    February 26, 2010 8:50 AM

    Date: February 26, 2010 The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, consisting of St. Mary Sheriff Dept., Morgan City Police Dept., Franklin Police Dept., Baldwin Police Dept.., Berwick Police Dept., and Chitimacha Police Dept.. report the following arrests: Donald Byrd Jr. 40 yoa of Terrebonne St.,... more »
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    February 26, 2010 8:42 AM

    Date: February 26, 2010 According to Sheriff David Naquin during the last 24 hours the Sheriff's Office responded to 33 complaints and reports the following arrests: Michael E. Dupas Theresa St., Franklin was arrested on 2-25-2010 at 8:54 am on a warrant for Issuing Worthless Checks.... more »
  • Lafayette Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 26, 2010

    February 26, 2010 6:57 AM

    This report contains the daily arrests for Feb 26, 2010: Name: Anderson, Brian Charge: Parole (Free Text) Arresting Agency: Probation & Parole Lf (Oas) Address: 300 Blk Grossie DRV Lafayette, La Name: Arceneaux, Tycoby Charge: Home Invasion Arresting Agency: Carencro Pd Address: 100 Blk Huron Carencro, La ... more »
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  • St. Landry Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 25, 2010

    February 25, 2010 10:11 AM

    This is the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report for February 25th, 2010. William C. Herpin, age 41, Clarissa Plantation. Opelousas, La.,arrested by leonville PD, no license plate, flight from an officer, expired motor vehicle inspection, ran stop sign, failure to use turn signal, required equipment , driving... more »
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    February 25, 2010 8:49 AM

    Date: February 25, 2010 The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, consisting of St. Mary Sheriff Dept., Morgan City Police Dept., Franklin Police Dept., Baldwin Police Dept.., Berwick Police Dept., and Chitimacha Police Dept.. report the following arrests: Dwayne C. Francis 21 yoa of Egle St.,... more »
  • St. Mary Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 25, 2010

    February 25, 2010 8:09 AM

    Date: February 25, 2010 According to Sheriff David Naquin during the last 24 hours the Sheriff's Office responded to 33 complaints and reports the following arrests: Mary C. Charles 29 yoa of First St. in Patterson was arrested on 2-24-2010 at 2:00 pm for Theft. St.... more »
  • Lafayette Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 25, 2010

    February 25, 2010 6:41 AM

    This report contains the daily arrests for Feb 25, 2010: Name: Baker, Brandie Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 6800 Blk Parc Brittny E207 BLVD New Orleans, La Name: Benoit, Autumne Charge: Owi Vehicle Arresting Agency: La State Police Troop I Address: 100 Blk... more »
  • St. Landry Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 24, 2010

    February 24, 2010 10:52 AM

    This is the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report for February 24, 2010. Ashley Elizabeth Fontenot, age 24, Shady Lane, Port Barre, La., charged with 2 counts of possession of schedule III drugs with intent to distribute, expired driver's license, turning move and required signal, and improper lane... more »
  • Franklin Police Arrest Report: Feb. 24, 2010

    February 24, 2010 10:46 AM

    On February 23, 2010, JUSTIN THOMAS, 25, of Iberia Street - Franklin, was arrested after the Franklin Police Department received a DNA match in reference to a burglary that occurred in 2008 at St. Mary Tire. Officers located Thomas on Iberia Street and he was placed under arrest. At the... more »
  • St. Mary Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 24, 2010

    February 24, 2010 8:36 AM

    Date: February 24, 2010 According to Sheriff David Naquin during the last 24 hours the Sheriff's Office responded to 33 complaints and reports the following arrests: Ricky J. Glynn 46 yoa of Martin Lane, Amelia was arrested on 2-23-2010 at 11:39 am on warrants for Simple... more »
  • Jeffery Lee Guillory trial to begin March 2

    February 24, 2010 8:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory is set to stand trial March 2 for an alleged attack on a Lafayette woman in 2007. The 43-year-old Guillory was arrested in December in the deaths of three women in Baton Rouge between 1999 and 2002. Guillory will first... more »
  • Lafayette Sheriff's Arrest Report: Feb. 24, 2010

    February 24, 2010 7:42 AM

    This report contains the daily arrests for Feb 24, 2010: Name: Adams, Brett Charge: Owi Vehicle Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Marshal Address: 1600 Blk Lampman ROA Abbeville, La Name: Antoine, Teesha Charge: Theft Of Goods Charge Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 800 Blk Jolie STR Opelousas, La... more »
  • Landrieu to support Louisiana judicial nominees

    February 24, 2010 7:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she'll be speaking in support of two judicial nominees for federal courts in Louisiana. Landrieu says she will introduce Brian Jackson and Elizabeth Erny Foote at their confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Landrieu recommended both nominees. Jackson... more »

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