Judicial

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Bill to extend statute of limitations on child sex abuse clears House unanimously

BY: - May 12, 2021

A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on civil claims brought against alleged child predators cleared a major legislative hurdle Tuesday when the Louisiana House gave it its unanimous approval.   House Bill 492, sponsored by Rep. Jason Hughes (D-New Orleans), proposes extending the prescriptive period, or statute of limitations, from 10 to 35 […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Bill to change public records law would ‘absolutely destroy’ public access, critic says

BY: - May 5, 2021

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that an attorney for news organizations  said would block the public’s access to government records as it would no longer require courts to award legal fees when government officials withhold records from a person who rightfully should have access to them.  Under Louisiana’s current public records law, officials […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

Qualified immunity police reform clears early hurdle in House

BY: - May 3, 2021

A bill that would dismantle qualified immunity for police officers, a critical component of the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform agenda, advanced out of the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure on Monday. It will head to the House floor for debate. House Bill 609, co-authored by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, Rep. Tony Bacala, […]

Louisiana police reform bill passes Senate committee

BY: - April 28, 2021

A bill from the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform task force cleared a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday with proposals regarding chokeholds, search warrants, and other issues. Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, advanced out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary B without objection Tuesday. The bill comprises several statutory reforms recommended […]

COMMENTARY

Supreme Court ruling may doom more Louisiana juveniles to permanent imprisonment | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 23, 2021

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile defendants don’t jibe with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” and be imposed on the rare juvenile who is “permanently incorrigible,” Louisiana has acted as if incorrigibility isn’t rare at all. It has acted as if […]

8 unusual things about the sexual misconduct scandal in the Louisiana AG’s Office

BY: - April 21, 2021

The controversy surrounding Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office got a new set of legs this week thanks to a press conference Landry held Tuesday that was largely aimed at criticizing media organizations and a whistleblower who complained that Landry’s former criminal director Pat Magee was sexually harassing women. After the press conference, the whistleblower […]

Former New Orleans District Attorney to lead criminal division for Attorney General

BY: - April 20, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has tapped former Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro to co-lead the criminal division in the Department of Justice at a time when the office is in some turmoil. Cannizzaro will follow  Pat Magee, a friend of Landry’s who  left the office  this year after being accused of mistreating women […]

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 […]

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. […]

Courtroom Gavel

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 […]

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. […]