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7:40 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Key Witness Against Nagin Sentenced To A Year In Prison

A businessman who provided key testimony against former Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Rodney Williams had admitted his role in a conspiracy to bribe Nagin.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan imposed the sentence yesterday.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2012. In February, he was among several witnesses who testified against Nagin.

Williams said he handed over $60,000 in payoffs to secure city contracts.

Before he was sentenced, Williams tearfully apologized to his family.

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5:12 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Defender Appointed For Ex-New Orleans Mayor

A public defender has been appointed for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is appealing his February conviction on corruption charges.

Federal court papers filed Friday say Assistant Federal Public Defender Jordan Mark Siverd will handle the appeal. Last week, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan approved the appointment of a public defender. According to a questionnaire filed with the court, Nagin had just $23.65 in the bank and numerous debts.

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7:31 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Meffert Sentenced For City Hall Corruption Scheme

A federal judge has given a 2½-year prison sentence to a former deputy mayor whose testimony helped convict former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin of corruption.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Greg Meffert yesterday.

Meffert apologized for the bribery scheme. His testimony helped convict Nagin and city contractor Mark St. Pierre.

Meffert was indicted in 2009 on charges of conspiracy, bribery and public corruption.

He pleaded guilty in November 2010 to accepting about $860,000 in bribes from St. Pierre, whose firms collected millions from the city.

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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.
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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.
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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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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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