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6:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Mayor Nagin Loses Motion To Dismiss Corruption Indictment

Judge rejects argument of prosecutorial misconduct.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has failed in his attempt to avoid trial on corruption charges. A federal judge refused to dismiss the 21-count indictment.

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10:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Justice Department Appeals Danziger Ruling

Judge's ruling for new trial is being appealed.

The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s ruling that overturned convictions of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in a shooting during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. That shooting of unarmed civilians left two dead and four wounded.

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9:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cruelty Charge Dropped Against Swamp Tour Guide

The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.

Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.

The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.

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3:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

NOPD Arrests 2 Teens In Double Shooting

New Orleans police have arrested two teenagers accused of opening fire on a 31-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter as they walked in a neighborhood with a man thought to be the target.

A third suspect remains at large.

Officer Frank Robertson, a police spokesman, says 19-year-old Cornell Williams and 18-year-old Shannon Cooks were arrested early Friday on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

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7:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Forum Raises Awareness Of Hate Crimes

Forum outlines what constitutes a hate crime, and some victims describe their first-hand experiences.

The Anti-Defamation League is teaming with other nonprofits in New Orleans to raise awareness of hate crimes. Some statistics indicate a trend of under-reporting.

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6:11 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Judge Orders New Trial In New Orleans Bridge Shooting Case

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:19 pm

A federal judge ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans Police Department officers convicted in connection to the shooting deaths of two men on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans.

The shootings gained national attention because they took place during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the judge ordered a new trial because of the "grotesque" misconduct of federal prosecutors. The paper adds:

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7:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

U.S., Swiss Strike Deal On American Tax Evaders

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:17 pm

The U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes.

The agreement will allow Swiss banks to settle any potential U.S. charges if they disclose extensive information about their American clients, the value of their accounts and any help they received from tax professionals.

Those settlements would include penalties for Swiss banks that helped their U.S. customers avoid taxes, according to a senior Justice Department official.

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Distracted Driving
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NJ Court: Texters Have Duty Not To Distract Drivers


Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a teenage girl who texted a friend just a few minutes before he crashed his truck into two motorcyclists cannot be held liable in a civil suit for their injuries.

However, two members of the three-member judge panel also wrote in their decision that “a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”

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9:58 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Appeals Court Vacates Gill Pratt's Sentence

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Louisiana lawmaker found guilty of scheming to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities but also ordered a lower court to resentence her.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision Wednesday, affirmed former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence and returned the case to the district level for resentencing.

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11:56 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Rescued Chickens Available For Adoption At The LA/SPCA

Chickens available for adoption Monday at the LA/SPCA.
Credit Carolyn Scofield / WVUE

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is making over 100 hens and female chicks available for adoption on Monday. The birds were part of last week's massive seizure of animals from a property in New Orleans East suspected of being a holding, breeding and training area for fighting roosters.

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