Judicial

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

House petition case: Gov. asks court to stop GOP opponents from interfering with orders

BY: - July 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards scored an early victory last week in the second round of the Edwards v. House petition case in which his Republican opponents tried to employ a never-before-used statute to temporarily suspend the state’s COVID-19 restrictions last year. At the July 12 hearing, Judge William Morvant in the 19th Judicial District Court […]

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry opposes schools interpreting Title IX to protect against LGBTQ discrimination

BY: - July 9, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 20 other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Title IX is a federal law passed in the 1970s that seeks to protect from sex discrimination anyone […]

Jefferson Parish School Board reaches settlements in two lawsuits over BB gun suspensions

BY: - July 7, 2021

The Jefferson Parish School Board reached a financial settlement with the families of two boys who were suspended for displaying BB guns during virtual classroom instruction and suspended by school officials who accused them of possessing a weapon on school property. The board’s decision to suspend the boys led to local and national outrage from […]

Supreme Court upholds Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ ban, in setback for voting rights law

BY: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S.

BY: - June 16, 2021

A federal judge in Lafayette has ordered the Biden administration to restart regular sales of oil and gas leases, forcing the administration to prematurely abandon a central piece of its climate change agenda.  In a preliminary ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 […]

Louisiana Legislature slightly reduces pre-trial detention for misdemeanor offenses

BY: - June 8, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature voted Tuesday to reduce the number of days people can be held in jail without being charged with a misdemeanor from 45 days to 30 days. Civil rights advocates had hoped for a much more sweeping change to Louisiana’s pre-detention protocol. Gov. John Bel Edwards has to sign the legislation before it […]

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

Louisiana Supreme Court redistricting bill falls short in House

BY: - June 8, 2021

A redistricting bill that would add two Louisiana Supreme Court seats and allow lawmakers to redraw the entire district map failed to pass in the Louisiana House on Monday. Thirty Democrats, joined by one Republican and one independent, voted against the measure after GOP lawmakers struck from the bill a requirement to consider racial demographics […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

La. Republicans block qualified immunity bill, setting aside months of bipartisan work

BY: - June 1, 2021

Republicans in a Louisiana Senate committee on Tuesday blocked Rep. Edmond Jordan’s bill to limit qualified immunity for police officers whose conduct is deemed unreasonable — the legislature’s most critical police reform measure and one that was crafted over the last year by a bipartisan panel that included dozens of experts across multiple fields.  House […]

Courtroom Gavel

Will Louisiana finally get more transparency about how the courts spend money?

BY: - May 24, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s current judicial budget proposal includes a provision it doesn’t include in most years — a requirement the court system be more transparent about where it gets its funding and how it spends that money. The Louisiana House inserted a stipulation into the courts budget bill mandating that during the next budget cycle […]

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

Louisiana Supreme Court could gain 2 more seats

BY: - May 19, 2021

A bill that would change the number of Louisiana Supreme Court justices from seven to nine and require that each district be equal in population cleared a House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 163, co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington) and Sen. Jimmy Harris (D-New Orleans), is a proposed constitutional amendment that […]

In Angola’s Oak 4 dormitory Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling douses hopes

BY: - May 18, 2021

The news spread quickly on Monday from the nation’s highest court to its largest maximum-security prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. That morning, in the case Edwards v. Vannoy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2020 Ramos v. Louisiana decision — which held that the Sixth Amendment right to a unanimous jury applies […]