The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s ruling that overturned convictions of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in a shooting during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. That shooting of unarmed civilians left two dead and four wounded.
The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.
Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.
The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.
A West Feliciana Parish grand jury has re-indicted New Orleans resident Herman Wallace for the 1972 murder of a prison guard just two days after a federal judge overturned the terminally ill man's conviction and ordered him released from prison after serving more than 46 years for armed robbery and murder.
U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson ordered Wallace released Tuesday and ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the fatal stabbing of Brent Miller.
A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company's 2010 oil spill cost them money.
U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday's order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute between BP and plaintiffs' attorneys over the settlement's formula for compensating businesses.
The second part of BP's civil trial is expected to last a month.
BP is in the second phase of a month-long civil trial in New Orleans over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is denying allegations that it misled officials about how much oil was gushing out of its blown-out well.
Officials from BP, formerly British Petroleum, will be back in a New Orleans courtroom next week. It's part of a complex federal case that will ultimately determine responsibility in damages for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. And that's the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. NPR's Debbie Elliott's been following the trial and joins us. Deb, thanks for being with us.
DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Glad to be here.
SIMON: Remind us of what's at stake in this phase of the case.