courts

Hurricane Isaac
4:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Orleans Parish Civil District Court closed through Wednesday

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

The closure includes the Civil Clerk of Court, First and Second City courts and clerks' offices, as well as the Civil Clerk of Court Mortgage, Conveyance and Archives offices.

Citizens with questions are advised to call 1-866-501-2038.

Hurricane Gustav
12:28 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

W. Feliciana jurors settlement debris lawsuit

The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has voted to give its attorney the authority to settle lawsuits related to Hurricane Gustav debris removal.

Phillips and Jordan Inc., a firm the jury chose to pick up and dispose of storm debris after the 2008 hurricane, filed suit in 2010 after being paid only a little more than half of the $4.12 million the company said it is owed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused in 2009 to reimburse the parish for leaning trees and broken or partially broken limbs hanging over public rights of way that threatened public safety.

Education
3:26 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

High school alumni unhappy with merger plan

A group of L.B. Landry High School alumni is taking the state to court over plans to merge the campus with another high school, O. Perry Walker.

The Times-Picayune reports the case could be the first test of a law that requires community input on any changes in the way state-controlled schools are governed.

Election 2012
3:22 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Few appeals court judges get election challenges; many elected without opposition

Twenty-two appeals court judgeships are on the Nov. 6 ballot, but voters will only make choices in five of those races.

That's because more than three-quarters of the jobs were handed to candidates when they attracted no opposition as the qualifying period closed last week.

Most of those were incumbents, but five candidates are getting the 10-year terms for the first time without even a challenge, all district court judges moving up the judicial system ladder.

In Louisiana, races for the judiciary often attract little attention.

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Angola Death-Row
1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Group petitions for access to Angola records

A New Orleans nonprofit organization wants a federal court order that would require officials of the Louisiana State Penitentiary to grant center attorneys and a medical specialist access to death-row inmates and records at Angola.

Advocacy Center attorneys say in a civil lawsuit that prison officials have refused to allow them to pursue prisoner reports that death-row temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees.

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Law
3:12 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

When Pronouncing A Case Is Harder Than 'Roe V. Wade'

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 5:03 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Now, a story about Supreme Court cases and how you pronounce their names. Some are easy enough, like Roe V. Wade, but others aren't so clear cut. Is it Bachy or Bachy, Padilla or Padilla? Many a case name has been mangled, so as we hear from NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, law professor Eugene Fidell set out to set the record straight.

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Environment
6:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Pollution fine imposed following May plea deal

A Texas-based independent oil company has officially been fined $557,000 after admitting that its negligence caused three oil spills in Jefferson Parish bayous in 2008.

The fine announced Wednesday by the Justice Department in Washington had been expected. It was the result of a plea agreement reached in May between federal authorities and Cedyco Corp. of Houston.

Cedyco agreed to pay the fine and stop operating in Louisiana.

Louisiana Supreme Court
4:01 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Hearing set in dispute over next chief justice

A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.

Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.

Bernette Johnson has served on the court since 1994 but supporters of fellow justice Jeffrey Victory say Johnson's first years shouldn't count. She was elected from an appeals court district and assigned to the higher court under a civil rights lawsuit settlement.

Victory has served since 1995.

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State Supreme Court
6:05 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Jindal: Feds shouldn't decide Supreme Court spat

Gov. Bobby Jindal has gotten involved in the federal court case over who will be the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

A motion by Jindal's executive counsel says the governor believes it is an issue for the state to decide. He is entering the case to avoid ambiguity over whether that is the state's position.

Meanwhile, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a brief supporting Justice Bernette Johnson.

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Entergy
4:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Court won't make AR, MS utilities pay to exit pact

A federal appeals court has rejected an effort by Louisiana utility regulators to make Entergy Corp. subsidiaries in Arkansas and Mississippi pay for ending an agreement with their Entergy counterparts in Louisiana and Texas.

The ruling Tuesday by an appeals court in Washington deals with an agreement requiring the separate Entergy utilities to offer roughly equal electricity rates. At times, this has resulted in Entergy Arkansas making payments to Entergy affiliates with higher production costs — causing Arkansas customers to pay more.

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