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7:29 am
Fri September 5, 2014

BP May Face Tough Appeals Process

BP will be appealing a federal judge’s finding that it acted with gross negligence for its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Some legal experts say the oil company will have a tough time in the appellate process.

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9:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill, Federal Judge Rules

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 11:31 am

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge on Thursday said BP acted with gross negligence in relation to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and consequent oil spill.

The decision could cost the British oil giant billions of dollars. Bloomberg reports:

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7:26 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Appeal Planned For Gay Marriage Court Ruling

Supporters of gay marriage rally in French Quarter.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Supporters of gay rights will be appealing a federal judge’s ruling that supports a ban on same-sex marriage. The decision will be fought in court and in the voting booth.

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4:41 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.
Ludovic Bertron Wikimedia

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Feldman said gay marriage supporters failed to prove that the ban violates equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution.

Politics
4:31 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 4:46 pm

A federal judge in New Orleans has upheld Louisiana's law banning same-sex marriage. The decision is the first break in a string of more than two dozen federal court rulings that have struck down same-sex-marriage bans in other states over the past year.

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Latest News
7:35 am
Wed September 3, 2014

BP Wants Claims Administrator Replaced

BP wants a federal judge to remove Patrick Juneau as administrator of damage claims from its 2010 oil spill.

BP says in court documents that he failed to disclose a major conflict of interest.

The motion filed yesterday says Juneau represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process, and he pushed for favorable terms for those with claims.

BP says that shows he's not the neutral person required for the job.

Juneau says he will respond in court.

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7:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Judge Backs Use Of Common Core Materials

A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by Common Core supporters, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state education standards.

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday.

He said Jindal's suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core is causing harm to parents, teachers, administrators and students.

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Latest News
7:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Former City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt Loses Appeal

Renee Gill Pratt.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has lost a bid for a new trial.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that federal judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Wednesday that jurors were not "tainted in any way" by a former federal prosecutor who posted online inflammatory comments about the proceedings.

She was convicted in 2011 of racketeering.

Gill Pratt's attorney says he will appeal the decision.

The ruling paves the way for Gill Pratt to begin serving a federal prison sentence she has managed to put off for several years.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Orleans' First Family Court Judge Says It's A Labor Of Love

Bernadette D'Souza is the first permanent family court judge in Orleans Parish.

Orleans Parish recently created a permanent family court judge position. Legal aid attorney Bernadette D’Souza is the first to hold the post.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to Judge D’Souza about how she got from a convent in India to a courtroom in Louisiana.

To read more about Bernadette D'Souza, visit NolaVie.com.

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Latest News
10:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans on Feb. 12. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

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