Criminal Justice

Derek Chauvin trial expert calls Hammond police use of force among ‘most abusive’ he’s seen

BY: - January 27, 2022

Council members have renewed talk of calling on Mayor Pete Panepinto to fire Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, who was a sergeant at the time and one of the officers in the video.

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

BY: , and - January 26, 2022

The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, though the evenly divided Senate could significantly affect that choice. 

First Lady Donna Edwards and Gov. John Bel Edwards

Campaign aims to raise human trafficking awareness in Louisiana

BY: - January 25, 2022

The effort, Stop Trafficking LA: Human Trafficking is REAL, will focus on how to identify when a trafficking victim needs help and more specific services for victims.

Prison lockdown

Legal fight over North Louisiana prison conditions costs taxpayers millions

BY: - January 20, 2022

A legal battle over one North Louisiana prison’s mental health services and its lockdown of people with disabilities has already cost the state millions of dollars – and its price will go up significantly now that a trial is underway.  Louisiana agreed to pay $2.9 million in legal fees for private attorneys to defend a […]

New Orleans judge indicted for filing false tax returns

BY: - January 10, 2022

City Court Judge Ernestine Anderson-Trahan allegedly failed to report income she received for performing wedding ceremonies.

Prison lockdown

Louisiana prison visits halted for third time due to COVID-19

BY: - January 6, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has suspended in-person visits between prisoners and guests again for the third time in two years in response to a COVID-19 surge. Louisiana’s prison population has been barred from meeting with their families, loved ones and attorneys for most of the pandemic. Since March 2020, visitation – […]

omer Plessy pardon attempts to remove historic ‘stain’ of Jim Crow laws

Homer Plessy pardon attempts to remove historic ‘stain’ of Jim Crow laws

BY: - January 6, 2022

In what he described as an effort to correct a historic injustice from over a century ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer A. Plessy, a mixed-race Creole arrested 130 years ago and convicted for sitting in a “whites only” section of a train in New Orleans. The court case led to […]

New year brings new laws to Louisiana

New year brings new laws to Louisiana

BY: - January 4, 2022

The beginning of 2022 brought with it several new laws. Among the changes are new tax rates for individuals and businesses, a shorter deadline for how long prosecutors can detain a suspect for a misdemeanor offense, and greater access to medical marijuana.  In November, Louisiana voters changed a provision in the state constitution to allow an […]

Biden appoints Louisiana Legislature Black Caucus Chair Ted James to Small Business Administration

BY: - December 29, 2021

President Joe Biden has appointed state Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) to serve as a regional administrator in the U.S. Small Business Administration. James was among six others appointed to what the White House called “key regional leadership roles.” As the SBA’s Region 6 administrator, James will oversee district offices in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, […]

No Permit, No Problem: More States Allow Residents to Carry a Hidden Gun

BY: - December 28, 2021

Six more states no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah this year enacted what gun rights advocates often refer to as “constitutional carry” measures. A legislative priority for groups such as the National Rifle Association, 21 states now have such measures in […]

Louisiana Supreme Court suspends Lafayette judge accused of racial remarks

Louisiana Supreme Court suspends Lafayette judge for racist remarks

BY: - December 17, 2021

The Louisiana Supreme Court announced Friday it has suspended Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet from serving on the bench as it investigates a recording in which she uses the n-word. According to the Supreme Court ruling, Odinet is “disqualified from exercising judicial functions, without salary, during the pendency of further proceedings in these matters.”  […]

Louisiana may change juvenile detention evacuation policies after Hurricane Ida

BY: - December 11, 2021

A state commission focused on juvenile criminal justice issues recommended Friday that Louisiana strengthen state laws so that  juvenile detainees are no longer evacuated to adult prisons or jails.   Advocates and parents said  36 teens from the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center were traumatized when they were sent to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, an […]