Criminal Justice

State attorneys general talk future tech cases in national conference

BY: - August 10, 2022

One of the largest growing legal frontiers emphasized in discussions was the digital economy, as state and federal legislators work to create rules for both the businesses conducting commerce online, and the companies which own those online spaces.

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Facebook data used to prosecute Nebraska mother, daughter after alleged abortion

BY: - August 10, 2022

Police allege in court documents that Celeste Burgess, then 17 years old, told police in April that she had suffered a miscarriage in a bathtub at her home. She said she and her mom buried the stillborn, the documents show.

"No Trespassing" sign outside Jetson Center for Youth in Baker

Louisiana youth prison job applicants who fail abuse screening get second chance

BY: - August 9, 2022

Facing a chronic shortage of workers, Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice is providing more flexibility to job applicants who want to work as guards in the state’s youth incarceration facilities, including when it comes to screening for the threat of pedophilia.   People are no longer being automatically removed from the pool of potential juvenile justice […]

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Juvenile justice official suggests Louisiana prosecutors should charge more minors as adults

BY: - August 9, 2022

A new administrator for the state Office of Juvenile Justice suggested Monday that Louisiana prosecutors need to consider charging more underage teenagers with adult crimes. His stance has rankled child welfare advocates who believe people under 18 should not face adult prison sentences that can last decades.  Juvenile justice facilities across Louisiana have been overwhelmed […]

After Ole Miss student’s killing, many LGBTQ students no longer feel safe

BY: - August 8, 2022

Eleven LGBTQ students, faculty and alumni told Mississippi Today they now fear for the community’s safety in Oxford, a town known for being more inclusive than most in Mississippi. Many also worry that Lee’s killing will lead community members, seeking safety from violence and harassment, to conceal their sexuality or gender identity.

Albert Woodfox, Angola 3 member, ‘Solitary’ author, dies at 75

BY: - August 4, 2022

This story was originally published by Verite, a nonprofit news outlet based in New Orleans. Albert Woodfox, the prison activist and member of the Angola 3 whose memoir “Solitary” was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday (Aug. 4) at Ochsner Baptist Hospital after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He […]

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Judge orders Rudy Giuliani to testify before special Georgia grand jury

BY: - July 21, 2022

ATLANTA – A court has ordered former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to testify in Fulton County about his Georgia crusade to overturn Republican Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election. A New York judge ruled Wednesday that the former Trump attorney is required to appear before a Fulton County special grand jury […]

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Louisiana will move incarcerated youth to an adult prison. Child advocates are worried.

BY: - July 20, 2022

Child welfare advocates say they are extremely concerned about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to temporarily move half of the incarcerated youth in a facility in Jefferson Parish to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, one of the nation’s largest and most notorious maximum-security adult prisons.  Edwards emphasized the teenagers and young adults will be kept […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Landry to treasurer, bond commission: Halt New Orleans financing for not enforcing abortion law

BY: - July 19, 2022

This potentially puts at jeopardy a plan to finance the construction of a new power plant for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

Misogyny is fueling the country’s gun violence epidemic, experts say

BY: - July 19, 2022

LANSING, Michigan – Dawn Gillard’s life revolved around her children. Everyone who loved her knew that. The rest of the world would read about it in her obituary. On May 27, Gillard was shot and killed at age 40 alongside her three young children: Katelynn, 6; Ronald, 4; and Joshua, 3, at a home in […]

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AG Jeff Landry’s motion in NAACP lawsuit raises curiosity in political circles

BY: - July 15, 2022

In a case that has sparked curiosity within political circles, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer can run for reelection against the wishes of the NAACP and, strangely, Attorney General Jeff Landry. U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles, for the Middle District of Louisiana, lifted a stay that had […]

Arizona has a new ‘blatantly unconstitutional’ ban on filming cops up close

BY: - July 9, 2022

PHOENIX – Arizonans who are within eight feet of a police officer while filming them can be thrown in jail for up to 30 days under a new law that Gov. Doug Ducey signed this week.  Whether it stays on the books will be up to the courts, said a Phoenix attorney. “It’s blatantly unconstitutional,” […]