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.
Former Mayor Ray Nagin is set for sentencing today for corruption conviction.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.
Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:00 pm
Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.
By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. In recent years, sentencing reformers in the capital, Baton Rouge, have loosened some mandatory minimum sentences and have made parole slightly easier for offenders to get.
But as reformers in Louisiana push for change, they're also running into stiffening resistance — especially from local prosecutors.
A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
This morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.
The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.