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Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death

BY: - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and face down on the pavement at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder; guilty […]

Louisiana Attorney General to discuss lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment in his office

BY: - April 20, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has scheduled a press conference Tuesday to discuss “human resource issues” and a lawsuit he filed against newspaper reporter Andrea Gallo after she sought records related to sexual misconduct allegations in Landry’s office, The Advocate reported Monday night. Landry will talk the day after he declined to appear before the […]

West Monroe has never elected a Black person to its board; Justice Department steps in

BY: - April 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of West Monroe have settled a voting rights lawsuit after federal officials realized that no Black candidate has ever been elected to the city’s Board of Aldermen despite 30% of the electorate being Black. The city has agreed to change its at-large method of electing its Board […]

George Floyd’s girlfriend takes the stand; Chauvin’s supervisor says restraint should have stopped sooner

BY: - April 2, 2021

The fourth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial revolved around George Floyd’s drug use and two paramedics’ conclusion that Floyd was dead by the time their ambulance arrived on the scene at Cup Foods. Takeaways from the trial Thursday: Floyd’s girlfriend acknowledges their opioid addiction George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, gave jurors a […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

BY: - April 1, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]

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Louisiana pays $52k to woman who says former New Orleans judge groped her

BY: - March 26, 2021

An executive assistant in the Orleans Criminal District Court said she was sitting at her desk talking to the state office that handles employee health care benefits over the phone, when she felt someone else’s finger creep up her side and start touching the middle of her chest. She jumped, looked up and saw then-Judge […]

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Louisiana public defenders expect to need at least $4 million more in funding

BY: - March 23, 2021

The chronically-underfunded Louisiana public defenders will need at least $3.9 million more in funding than the $43 million Gov. John Bel Edwards has recommended giving them in the state’s next budget cycle, state public defender Remy Starns said Tuesday. The problem, once again, is connected to the way Louisiana chooses to pay for its public […]

Trump-era ‘wealth test’ for immigrants dies in 4th Circuit

BY: - March 18, 2021

A legal dispute over the so-called “wealth test” for immigrants died in the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday after the court denied a motion by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and other Republican state AGs that would have kept alive an appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the policy. […]

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A return to normalcy may also mean a return to jury duty

BY: - March 17, 2021

The Louisiana Supreme Court has lifted a COVID-19-related moratorium on jury trials and is granting judges across the state permission to hold in-person trials in April. Louisianians called to report for jury duty should expect to find a court system committed to keeping them safe, Chief Justice John Weimer said in a March 12 press […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

AG Jeff Landry gets dubious ‘Black Hole Award’ for ‘outright contempt’ of government transparency

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Society of Professional Journalists is giving its annual “Black Hole Award” to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for his attempt to block a public records request by filing a lawsuit against the reporter who made the request, according to a SPJ press release Monday. The journalism organization gives that dubious distinction to government institutions or […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

AG Jeff Landry loses public records lawsuit against Advocate reporter

BY: and - March 4, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry lost his fight Thursday to withhold a public record from Andrea Gallo, a reporter at the Advocate | Times-Picayune, who was seeking details about sexual harassment allegations at the Louisiana Department of Justice. Judge Timothy Kelley of the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge said he would release a document detailing […]

La. auto insurance rates likely won’t drop this year despite tort reform promises

BY: - February 26, 2021

It’s unclear when or if auto insurance rates in Louisiana will ever decrease as predicted by business lobbyists and state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon last year when they presented lawmakers with sweeping tort reform legislation. That legislation gives insurance companies an edge against accident victims in lawsuits.  The tort reform, presented in May as House […]