Jury selection began Monday in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina stuck in 2005, served two terms before leaving office in 2010. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a federal grand jury indicted him a year ago.
Nagin had little to say as he entered the federal courthouse with a noticeable limp.
Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over their client's trial last month.
In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. says he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix's lawyers argue for their first time that he must disqualify himself from the case because a spill-related civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.
Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.
State health and law enforcement officials outlined their opposition, saying marijuana users have increased risk of health conditions and describing marijuana as a "gateway drug" to more toxic substances.
The testimony Tuesday was part of a study by the House criminal justice committee, upon the request of Rep. Dalton Honoré, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.
Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.
The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Armani Nicole Davenport, an entertainer described by police as a "person of interest" in an investigation into the negligent injuring of another person, and the practice of medicine without a license.
Police also say Davenport is said to administer "silicone" injections to clients as she travels throughout the southern United States on the gay pageant circuit.
Pageants the NOPD says Devenport has participated in include: