Courts

Louisiana joins anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook

BY: - December 9, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined with 48 other state attorneys general Wednesday in an anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company has continuously destroyed or bought out competitors to maintain a monopoly in the social media sphere.  The lawsuit accuses Facebook of illegally acquiring competitors, such as Instagram and What’s App in a predatory […]

Attorney General Jeff Landry inserts Louisiana into voter-fraud conspiracy lawsuit

BY: - December 9, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined with nine other Republican state attorneys general in a voter-fraud conspiracy lawsuit — that cites no actual evidence nor any specific allegations of voter fraud on Nov. 3 — in a last-minute attempt to overturn the presidential election results in Pennsylvania. “As I have repeatedly said, only the […]

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Arsonist’s absurd argument that he picked churches made up of wood, not churches made up of Black people

BY: - November 6, 2020

If a person were to incinerate three Louisiana synagogues, three Louisiana mosques or three Louisiana Kingdom Halls, it would be a safe assumption that the arsonist was deliberately attacking Jews, Muslims or Jehovah’s Witnesses. There are not many synagogues, mosques and Kingdom Halls around — at least not compared to the number of churches. Thus, […]

Arsonist of three Black Louisiana churches sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

BY: - November 4, 2020

The White St. Landry Parish man who  torched three Black churches in March and April 2019 to curry favor with “black metal” music fans has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after multiple members of the incinerated churches described the suffering he had caused them. Earnest Hines, a deacon at Mt. Pleasant Baptist […]

Family of Black man killed by Lafayette police complain of information ‘kept under the rug’

BY: - October 5, 2020

The family of Trayford Pellerin, the 31-year-old Black man who was fatally shot 10 times by Lafayette police on Aug. 21, spoke to the public in a virtual town hall Thursday hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. They shared new details about Pellerin’s mental health and the status of the family’s lawsuit against the city. […]

Will COVID-19 delay the Supreme Court confirmation hearings?

BY: - October 2, 2020

One of the few obstacles that could prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice this year is the coronavirus. That potential threat was on display Friday, when news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test was followed by a similar announcement from U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who […]

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

BY: - September 26, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations.  “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said […]

Republican senators gathering the votes to proceed with U.S. Supreme Court nomination

BY: and - September 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two key Republican senators indicated Monday they won’t stand in the way of a furious effort by the Senate GOP to confirm a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before Inauguration Day. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley ended the suspense with a statement Monday night saying there’s no “ambiguity” about what direction for […]

President Trump promises a Supreme Court nominee this week

BY: - September 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died Friday night from complications with cancer, before […]

Governor Edwards wins in one federal court, takes the stand in another

BY: - August 18, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards took the stand in a federal court hearing Monday to defend the restrictions on bars that he enacted in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier Monday, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against a separate group of bar owners who, making an identical argument […]

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Legal challenge to Gov. Edwards’ order closing bars is rejected by Baton Rouge judge

BY: - August 7, 2020

A musician, a caterer and two bar owners who asked a Baton Rouge judge to rule against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency order that shuts down bars lost in court Thursday when the judge ruled for Edwards’ administration.“The court is firmly of the opinion that the governor has exercised his power deliberately, on behalf of […]

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Court ruling striking split-jury verdicts should mean the release of inmates convicted that way, their attorneys say

BY: - July 23, 2020

Using the term “Jim Crow juries” to describe the divided panels that sent an untold number of Louisianians to life imprisonment, the Promise of Justice Initiative announced Wednesday that it’s pushing for the retroactive application of an April U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared split juries in felony trials unconstitutional. Between 1898 and 2019, Louisiana allowed […]