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.
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.
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.
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.