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Federal judge: Ongoing pandemic means Louisiana must use emergency election plan for November, December elections

BY: - September 16, 2020

Voters who expressed concern that voting in person would put them or their loved ones at risk of getting sick with COVID-19 won a major court victory Wednesday when a federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled that a Republican-supported election plan denying such accommodations imposed an unconstitutional and “undue burden” on the right to vote. […]

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Emergency election plan courtroom fight begins with plaintiffs winning a battle

BY: - September 8, 2020

Louisiana voters who say they will be disenfranchised by the state’s absence of a pandemic-related emergency election plan will begin making their case to U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick this morning.  But Dick, the chief judge of the federal court in Baton Rouge, issued a ruling yesterday that suggests she’s skeptical of the state’s argument […]

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Louisiana Prisons Need To Do More COVID-19 Releases, Advocates Say

BY: - September 3, 2020

The Department of Corrections says there are 9,000 fewer people detained in Louisiana prisons and jails than when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, but over half of that reduction is the result of changes to how parole violations, immigration infractions and pre-trial detention are handled. There hasn’t been a dramatic change […]

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Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana residents who have accused Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin of disregarding their safety by not creating an emergency election plan that will allow them to safely vote will have their day in federal court Sept. 8. Ardoin, a Republican,  presented an emergency election plan last week that Republican-led […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Law school grads will now take ‘open-book’ bar exam

BY: - August 12, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday making the state bar exam an “open-book” email test due to the ongoing risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to the next two scheduled Bar exams on Aug. 24 and Oct. 10, according to a Louisiana Supreme Court press release. The bar exam is […]

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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 […]

Governor wins first round in dispute with bar owners, but fight not over

BY: - July 31, 2020

Two federal judges in Louisiana denied motions Friday from a group of bar owners who sought to immediately reopen their establishments against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus order that has closed bars limiting them to takeout service. The cases, however, are still pending and set for hearings. The bar owners, represented by attorney Jim Faircloth, […]

Bar owners file federal lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order shutting bars down

BY: - July 30, 2020

An attorney who served as executive counsel in former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of eleven bar owners who claim that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ July 11 emergency order limiting bars to takeout and delivery service is unlawful and overly harsh.  The lawsuit names Edwards and Fire Marshal Butch […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]

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NOPD not a few bad apples but a ‘bad orchard,’ community group says

BY: - July 8, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Leaders from the Community United for Change called on U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday to keep the  New Orleans Police Department bound to a federal consent decree and not give into the city’s pleas to end it now. The Police Department has been subject to the mandates in the consent […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Judges forcing in-court appearances are violating the law, disability-rights activists say

BY: - July 7, 2020

Concerned about evictions that are already taking place and fearing an overwhelming wave of evictions on the horizon, a collection of civil rights attorneys, fair housing advocates and disability-rights advocates has asked Louisiana Chief Justice Bernette Johnson to order lower courts to make reasonable accommodations for people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. In a […]

Louisiana officials criticize Supreme Court’s rejection of state’s abortion restriction

BY: and - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Louisiana officials decried a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that struck down a state abortion law and vowed to keep fighting to restrict access to the procedure. At the same time, advocates for reproductive rights breathed a sigh of relief that abortion access won’t be further restricted in a state where only three […]