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1:27 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Convictions Upheld in Restaurant Owner's Death

A state appeals court has upheld a man's convictions for his role in a burglary that led to the beating death of the owner of popular New Orleans restaurant.

Thursday's ruling by a panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal affirms Bryant Boudoin's convictions on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

The Times-Picayune reports that Boudoin's convictions stem from a May 2008 break-in at Elizabeth "Betsy" McDaniel's Marrero home. McDaniel owned Betsy's Pancake House in New Orleans.

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BP Oil Spill
10:50 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

La. Attorney General Says Money Running Out for BP Suits

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says it's running out of money to pay for litigation over the 2010 BP PLC oil spill.

Rene Free, director of administrative services for state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, tells The Advocate that no new money was appropriated in the current year's budget for Deepwater Horizon litigation. Caldwell asked for an additional $16.2 million in July at the start of the budget year, she says.

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Environment
10:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Charges Filed in Paper Mill Spill

The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, for violating federal environmental laws.

The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company's paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011.

A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Dec. 20 says a "liquor" produced during the processing of pulpwood into paper pulp was discharged, resulting in the death of thousands of fish.

Latest News
12:39 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Hubig's Sues Fire Suppression Company

The Hubig's factory on the morning after the blaze.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

New Orleans pie maker Simon Hubig Company Inc., whose plant was destroyed in a blaze six months ago, has sued the Kenner company that created and maintained its fire suppression system.

The Times-Picayune reports the lawsuit, filed in New Orleans Civil District Court, alleges Fire & Safety Commodities' "system failed, causing the complete destruction of the Hubig's facility."

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Latest News
12:36 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Obama Could Reshape 5th Circuit

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts, but President Barack Obama could get a chance to change that perception.

Republican presidents nominated 10 of the 15 active judges serving on the New Orleans-based court. But six of those GOP-nominated judges are eligible for senior status or will be in the next four years, a change that would allow Obama's Democratic administration to nominate their replacements.

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Latest News
3:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Orleans Man to Get 30 Years in Prison for 5 Killings

A plea deal calls for a New Orleans man to be sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in five killings in 2007, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer.

Steven Earl Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to five of the 17 counts he faced in a March indictment. A court filing Wednesday discloses the terms of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Some of the victims' family members have told prosecutors they believe the agreement on the sentence is too lenient.

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Latest News
2:50 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Judge Refuses to Toss Suit Over La. Sex Registry

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that seeks to have roughly 400 people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law removed from the state's sex offender registry.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled Wednesday after hearing arguments by a lawyer representing Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office and a plaintiffs' attorney.

Caldwell's office had argued that a recent change in state law leaves the potential class members without any valid claims.

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Bridge Tolls
1:43 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Bridge Toll Suit Contests 18-Vote Margin

An opponent of tolls on the Mississippi River bridge into New Orleans has sued for a recount of the vote extending the tolls for 20 years.

The Times-Picayune reports that Attorney G. Patrick Hand III of Gretna filed the suit Tuesday in state court in East Baton Rouge Parish for Michael Teachworth, director of Stop the Tolls.

Teachworth says in a news release that the suit alleges that Orleans Parish's handling, timing and transmittal of early voting and mail-in ballots was highly suspect.

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Latest News
5:30 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Split Ruling Issued in Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.

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Latest News
1:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Marine Killer's Girlfriend Gets 2 Years in Prison

The girlfriend of a Houston man accused of fatally stabbing a decorated Marine wearing his dress blues in the French Quarter has been sentenced to 26 months in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports 23-year-old Helaina Amrine pleaded guilty this summer to obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact, for helping destroy evidence of the crime.

On Monday, state District Judge Ben Willard offered her credit for the two years she has already served, so Amrine will be eligible for release in a matter of weeks.

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