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Louisiana Supreme Court
2:53 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Lawyer explains appeal in La. chief justice spat

A lawyer for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a federal judge created confusion when she ruled in favor of state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the court's next chief justice.

Kevin Tully, one of the state's attorneys, said in a statement Saturday that it's unclear whether U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan believes a 20-year-old federal court settlement prohibits the state's highest court from "carrying out its constitutional duties" and naming its next chief justice.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
1:09 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

State appeals ruling in La. Chief justice spat

The State of Louisiana is appealing a judge's ruling that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the court's next chief justice.

Friday's court filing by a lawyer representing Gov. Bobby Jindal's office asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's ruling. Morgan sided with Johnson's bid to become the state's first black chief justice and succeed Justice Catherine Kimball when she retires in 2013.

Johnson had sued to block her colleagues from deciding the matter.

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Bank Robbery
9:39 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Orleans man gets prison for armed bank robbery

A New Orleans man who pleaded guilty to robbing a bank at gunpoint has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman on Wednesday sentenced 30-year-old Khadafi Chico Degruy to 85 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $9,500 in restitution to First Bank & Trust.

Degruy pleaded guilty in May to robbing one of the bank's branches, in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans.

Aaron Broussard
10:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Broussard wants corruption trial out of Orleans

Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has asked a federal judge to move his corruption trial out of New Orleans, saying extensive media coverage could prejudice jurors.

The Times-Picayune reports that prosecutors have not responded to the request filed the motion Aug. 31. Trial is scheduled Oct. 1 before U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr.

Broussard was parish president from 2004 to 2010. A 27-count indictment charges him and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson with conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and theft. Both have pleaded innocent.

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Tour Guides
1:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

New Orleans tour guides ask judge to block license rules

Several New Orleans tour guides have asked a federal judge to bar the city from enforcing licensing regulations requiring them to pass a history exam, drug test and criminal background check.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan didn't immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed on behalf of four guides who claim the rules violate their free speech rights.

A city attorney asked Morgan to dismiss the suit, arguing the regulations are designed to protect the public.

BP Oil Spill
1:18 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill.

In a strongly worded court filing Friday, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct leading up to the deadly rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill. BP could be liable for billions of dollars in fines if U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sides with the government.

Education
11:18 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Civil rights experts gather to prepare local lawyers on transforming city

As the city of New Orleans finds itself in the midst of new initiatives aimed at reforming corruption and improving morale in the New Orleans Police Department, top civil rights lawyers and judges from throughout the region will gather at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law to demonstrate the best practices and information on filing civil rights class actions in federal court.

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Johnson & Johnson
5:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

$258M jury verdict for state of Louisiana upheld

A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding the Medicaid program, by misleading Louisiana doctors about the possible side effects of one of its anti-psychotic medications.

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Latest News
11:33 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge orders psychiatric exam in airport incident

A psychiatric exam has been ordered for a Baton Rouge man who locked himself in the cockpit of an unoccupied plane at Metro Airport in August.

The Advocate reports that the order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady at the request of J. David Bourland, Alessi's attorney.

Alessi has been held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison since he surrendered to authorities at the airport.

No one was injured during the Aug. 22 incident.

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Orleans Criminal District Court closed through Wednesday

The Orleans Parish Criminal District court will be closed through Wednesday, August 29, the court said in a statement on its website.

However, Magistrate Court will open for proceedings at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Jurors scheduled to serve during the remainder of the month of August are excused from duty, the Court said.

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