courts en New Orleans' First Family Court Judge Says It's A Labor Of Love <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">Orleans Parish recently created a permanent family court judge position. Legal aid attorney Bernadette </span>D’Souza<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;"> is the first to hold the post.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 63734 at Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case <em><strong>Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET</strong></em><p>Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.<p>He was <a href="" target="_blank">convicted Feb. 12 </a>of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:59:24 +0000 editor 64128 at Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:56:05 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64119 at States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.<p>By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 64108 at BP Asking Court To Order Some Claim Repayments <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">BP is stepping up efforts</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;repayment of claims it finds unjustified.</span></p><p>The company is battling the system established to cover damage caused by BP’s oil spill four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:20:27 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63475 at Judge Agrees To Review Gill Pratt Jury Verdict <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:9.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has gotten a reprieve — at least for now — on reporting to prison for a racketeering conviction.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:42:23 +0000 Associated Press 63300 at Louisiana Gay Marriage Laws Head To Federal Court In New Orleans <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:33:20 +0000 Associated Press 63204 at Sentencing Delayed Again For Former Mayor Nagin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s been another delay in the sentencing of former New Orleans Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The federal court is now scheduled to decide the case &nbsp;July 9.</span></p><p></p><p>Former Mayor Nagin could be facing at least 20 years for the 20 guilty verdicts he received on corruption charges.</span></p><p>They include bribery, fraud and money laundering that occurred during his two terms in office.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the second delay in the sentencing.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:02:21 +0000 Eileen Fleming 62813 at New Trial Granted For Former BP Engineer <p>A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It stems from comments the jury&nbsp;</span>forewoman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;overheard in a courthouse elevator.</span></p><p>BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:13:31 +0000 Eileen Fleming 62424 at Court Told Fisherman Should Return BP Claim Money A court-appointed investigator says a fisherman should return more than $50,000 in BP</font>&nbsp;oil spill&nbsp;claim</font>&nbsp;money.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">Louis Freeh, the former FBI director appointed to investigate&nbsp;<font color="red">claims</font>&nbsp;arising from the 2010 disaster, filed a federal court motion Tuesday to force the return of the money.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:32:37 +0000 Associated Press 62290 at