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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 […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

Trooper who struck Black man 18 times with flashlight resigns three months after arrest

BY: - March 12, 2021

A Louisiana State Police trooper charged in multiple police brutality incidents resigned from his job with the agency on Wednesday, three months after his arrest for striking a Black man 18 times with a reinforced tactical flashlight and then, according to the arrest warrant, covering it up by falsifying reports. Jacob Brown who was previously […]

Families encouraged as some visitation resumes at Louisiana prisons, but hope for more

BY: - March 12, 2021

When Elayn Hunt Correctional Center opens to visitors for the first time in a year Monday, Wendy Matherne plans to be among the first in line. She has an appointment to visit her son Jonathan West, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. “I told my son that I don’t care what I have to […]

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Louisiana prisons will allow family visits for the first time in a year

BY: - March 11, 2021

Louisiana will start to allow visits from inmates’ families and loved ones at state prisons again Saturday, though attorneys and volunteers will still be prohibited from coming to the correctional facilities, according to the Department of Corrections. Inmates haven’t been able to see their families in person in at least 12 months. The prisons shut […]

U.S. Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote.  Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination in a 15-7 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As attorney general, he’ll lead the Justice Department […]

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 […]

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Subcommittee supports reform measure to dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ shield for bad police officers

BY: - February 23, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to support a police-reform recommendation that would dismantle the qualified immunity that blocks lawsuits against police officers who wrongfully kill or injure citizens. It is perhaps the most critical of the 18 recommendations being submitted by the legislature’s Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Task Force chaired by Sen. […]

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Reform measure would dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ that shields bad police officers

BY: - February 22, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee will meet Tuesday to review a police reform recommendation that would dismantle the qualified immunity that blocks lawsuits against police officers who wrongfully kill or injure citizens. It is perhaps the most critical of the 18 recommendations being submitted by the legislature’s Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Task Force. The House […]

4 Louisiana state troopers booked with excessive force in past incidents

BY: - February 9, 2021

The Louisiana State Police announced the Monday arrests of four Louisiana State Police officers from Troop F for turning off their body cameras, using excessive force on men they were arresting and lying about what happened. The troopers’ alleged crimes happened in July 2019 and May 2020. In a statement, Col. Lamar Davis, the Louisiana […]

Louisiana’s Gen. Russel Honoré to investigate security failures at U.S. Capitol

BY: and - January 15, 2021

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (U.S. Army – Ret.) was appointed to a commission that will investigate security failures during the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol that sought to forcibly prevent members of Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory as 46th president of the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday. Pelosi […]