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BP Oil Spill
7:20 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:32 pm

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: Oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties, the company just confirmed. And it will pay $525 million in civil penalties in a resolution with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. BP will make the payments over six years.

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Orleans Parish Prison
12:43 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions.

The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in April by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail's conditions violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Environment
6:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Pollution fine imposed following May plea deal

A Texas-based independent oil company has officially been fined $557,000 after admitting that its negligence caused three oil spills in Jefferson Parish bayous in 2008.

The fine announced Wednesday by the Justice Department in Washington had been expected. It was the result of a plea agreement reached in May between federal authorities and Cedyco Corp. of Houston.

Cedyco agreed to pay the fine and stop operating in Louisiana.

NOPD Reform
1:59 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

City, feds fear delays in police reform case

The city of New Orleans and the federal government want to limit the role of various groups that hope to help shape federally enforced reforms in the scandal-plagued New Orleans Police Department.

An agreement was announced last month that would settle a Justice Department complaint against the city. But it requires approval of a federal judge, who is to hold a hearing on Aug. 29.

NOPD Consent Decree
2:12 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

NOPD reform agreement hearing set for Katrina anniversary

A federal judge has set an Aug. 29 hearing on an agreement the city of New Orleans reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's order Tuesday also sets deadlines for those interested in the case to intervene and for the public to file comments on the proposed agreement.

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NOPD Federal Consent Decree
8:27 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Attorney General to announce NOPD reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday will announce a federal consent decree to require sweeping reform of the long-troubled New Orleans Police Department.

A person with direct knowledge of the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been made public, says Mayor Mitch Landrieu will join Holder for the announcement Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans.

The reforms — with oversight of a federal judge — are expected to be some of the broadest and strictest ever imposed on a police department.

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New Orleans Police
12:12 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Serpas defends use of police database

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is defending a department policy that has led to more than 70,000 people having their names and personal information fed into an electronic database following traffic and pedestrian stops even if they weren't arrested.

Serpas tells The Times-Picayune that officers are "utilizing judgment in accordance with law and professional practice" in filling out "field interview cards" after stopping and questioning people.

But the newspaper reports that it's unclear how many names may have been improperly entered into the database.

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Latest News
5:07 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Newspaper: DOJ lawyer tried to stifle reporter

Two Louisiana congressmen are calling on the Justice Department to respond to a complaint that one of its attorneys tried to bar a newspaper reporter from quoting or recording her comments at a public hearing in New Iberia.

The Daily Iberian contends Justice Department attorney Rachel Hranitzky became "belligerent and threatening" after the reporter, Matthew Beaton, questioned why he couldn't quote her comments during a June 12 public hearing about the New Iberia Fire Department's hiring and promotion practices.

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Harahan City Government
10:30 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Harahan Hiring Subject of Meeting

Justice Department investigators will hold a public meeting June 15 in Harahan to hear about hiring and promotion practices in the city's police and fire departments, Mayor Vinny Mosca said.

The Times-Picayune reports the session is set for 11 a.m. at City Hall.

The meeting comes two months after the Justice Department asked Harahan officials for data on employees hired, fired and promoted since 2006, broken down by race, sex and job classification.

Gulf Oil Spill
9:40 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Feds Seek Summer Trial Date for Gulf Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to set a new trial date for this summer for government claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has asked the judge to set a January 2013 trial date. 

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