constitution

Republicans block 'Jim Crow jury' reform

Republicans block ‘Jim Crow jury’ reform in Louisiana House committee

BY: - May 30, 2021

Lawmakers on the Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Thursday voted against a so-called “Jim Crow jury” reform bill that would give a shot at freedom to about 1,500 people who remain in Louisiana prisons despite jurors disagreeing on their guilt. In 2018, Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment that put an end to […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Judge rules petition statute House Republicans used unconstitutional, marking win for governor

BY: - November 12, 2020

A 19th Judicial District Court today ruled unconstitutional part of a statute used by Louisiana House Republicans to try to end, via petition, the governor’s order imposing COVID-19 restrictions. Judge William Morvant determined that the part of the Health Emergencies Act cited in the petition is unconstitutional because it allows a governor’s executive order to […]