Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal will have one less co-defendant at his upcoming trial in a federal probe of abuses and cover-ups at the Sheriff's Office.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A federal judge has denied a request from prosecutors to delay the Oct. 31 trial date for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, who faces charges in an investigation of civil rights abuses and cover-ups that has already brought guilty pleas from nine…
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A federal appeals court on Thursday denied Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal's request to have civil rights case reassigned to the Lake Charles-based judge who originally had it or, if not, to move his trial from Shreveport to Lafayette.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The former general manager of the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge in an investigation of an alleged improper $3,983 bonus to the the chairman on the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, which owns the casino.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
Kenrard D. Broussard was four years into an 18-year prison sentence on cocaine charges when two of the narcotics officers who arrested him pleaded guilty earlier this year in a broad federal probe of abuse and cover-ups at the Iberia Parish Sherif…
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A state district judge Thursday ordered psychiatric examinations for a 20-year-old who police say beat an elderly man to death in April, then called his mother to tell her he wanted to confess.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
An appellate court panel on Wednesday upheld The Independent's lawsuit against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope, who argued the newspaper had no legal basis for filing the suit.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Two Republican candidates vying for a seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court took jabs at each other over experience and political contributions during a Monday debate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday asked two judges to respond to a petition by a Louisiana sheriff who claims another judge was improperly removed from his criminal case without explanation.
Friday, September 23, 2016
LAKE CHARLES — A federal judge this week sentenced a 41-year-old woman from Franklin to two years in prison after she was convicted of stealing over $61,000 from her boss, officials said.
A woman from Breaux Bridge has admitted guilt in the theft of more than $64,000 from the New Iberia company that employed her, according U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office.
Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a former golf pro at the Jay and Lionel Hebert Municipal Golf Course who was accused in an investigation of missing profits from the rental of city-owned golf carts.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Two Republicans vying for a seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court said Wednesday that they'd follow the law in their rulings and not the wishes of big-money contributors and interest groups.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal plans to appeal a judge's decision to hold his civil rights trial in Shreveport and also wants to have the case reassigned to the Lake Charles-based judge who originally had it, the sheriff's attorney said Monday.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal personally encouraged the use of excessive force, interfered in internal affairs investigations and had all internal affairs documents burned, federal prosecutors allege in a new criminal court filing.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The reputed henchman for former Knight Oil Tool CEO Mark Knight pleaded guilty Thursday to four felony charges in what prosecutors have called the staged 2014 drug arrest of Knight's brother as the siblings were in mediation over the family business.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal wants to block prosecutors from using evidence of six alleged incidents in addition to the beatings at the heart of the civil rights case against him.
The latest skirmish in a Lafayette news organization's ongoing public records lawsuit against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope involves a questioned court filing, one paid for by Pope's public office but that he's failed to disclose.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal's October trial in a sweeping probe of inmate abuse will be held in Shreveport because of the extensive media attention the case has attracted in the Lafayette area.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A man who police said was shot after he refused to drop a gun while fleeing an officer has filed a federal lawsuit this week against city-parish government, alleging police had no reason to chase him or open fire.
LAKE CHARLES — A 72-year-old postal carrier from Lafayette has pleaded guilty to stealing a $250 gift card while she was delivering mail in Lake Charles this past May.
A 45-year-old man from Mexico admitted in Lafayette federal court that he entered the U.S. illegally four times since he was first deported in the 1990s, officials said.
Friday, September 09, 2016
A Baton Rouge judge has refused to do what the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could not persuade a jury to do earlier this year: rule in the school's favor in a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit filed by its first black head footbal…
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A Lafayette woman was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay more than $2 million she bilked from investors who believed they were buying a stake in a business peddling exotic animal skins, the U.S. Attorney's Office announ…
Monday, August 29, 2016
The Independent's ongoing public records lawsuit against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope is back in court this week, with the publication seeking more records they assert may link the marshal to political activity during the sheriff's election.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
A Lafayette Parish grand jury returned second-degree murder charges Wednesday against four Lafayette men accused in the shooting deaths of two men this summer and one man last year, all within the city limits.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Louisiana's Ethics Adjudicatory Board has fined Lafayette developer Greg Gachassin $1.56 million after finding he steered lucrative affordable housing consulting contracts to himself in 2009 while serving on a public board.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Prosecutors sought new restrictions after an informant provided surreptitious recordings of Ackal making threatening and anti-Semitic comments against a U.S. Justice Department attorney.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
A district attorney in the heart of Louisiana's oil patch filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking damages from a long list of oil and gas companies for environmental contamination and coastal erosion blamed on decades of drilling and production in Vermil…
Four months after a jury deadlocked on the issue, an attorney for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette asked a Baton Rouge judge Thursday to dismiss former head football coach Jerry Baldwin's claim that the school fired him in 2001 because he …
Monday, July 25, 2016
Three former employees of the Morgan City Housing Authority, including the director, were sentenced Monday to federal prison terms in a scheme that resulted in the theft of more than $500,000, officials said.
A federal agency that polices hiring practices says an oilfield services company based in Broussard discriminated against a job applicant in 2013 when he wasn't hired for offshore work because he was diabetic.
Friday, July 15, 2016
A St. Landry Parish woman pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to stealing more than $116,000 from an Opelousas-based medical imaging business, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's Office announced.
Lafayette teenager Earl Joseph III admitted to a judge Friday that he is guilty of killing a man in the Jockey Lot flea market parking lot in February 2014.
Friday, July 08, 2016
Lafayette Regional Airport officials are withholding a final payment to a construction company whose $6.15 million refurbishment of the airport’s main runway three years ago left small holes in the surface, according to a lawsuit filed against the…
Seth Fontenot said in court Friday he wants the outcome of his upcoming trial on drug distribution charges to be decided by a judge, not a jury.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
MARKSVILLE — A man wounded last year in a barrage of bullets that killed his young son was drunk, on drugs and possibly suicidal when two city marshals opened fire after a car chase, an attorney for one of the officers said in court Wednesday.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal allegedly called one of the federal prosecutors in his pending civil rights case a “sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard” and made comments about shooting him between his “g*******d Jewish eyes,” according to court do…
Friday, May 06, 2016
A former Lafayette postal worker on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing gift cards from the mail, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
A judge will decide next month whether the Lafayette political consultant accused of coordinating with Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope in an effort to sway the sheriff election will have to testify in the public records lawsuit against the marshal.
A Lafayette woman is asking for a judge’s order that the Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board investigate one of its members for alleged political speech on Facebook.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Two former executives for Superior Energy Services subsidiary Stabil Drill Specialties in Lafayette are accused of setting up sham companies to rob Superior of tens of millions of dollars over eight years, according to a lawsuit filed in Houston.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
A Lafayette judge has declined to remove fellow Judge Patrick Michot from a teenager’s first-degree murder trial, a ruling that went against defense attorneys who wanted Michot recused because of alleged improper communication with a prosecutor.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Attorneys for a teen accused of killing a flea market employee are trying to remove Judge Patrick Michot from the case, according to a motion filed Friday, the end of another discouraging week in Lafayette criminal court due to Louisiana’s ill-fun…
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Braxton Moody IV was to have pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to shooting up the SUV belonging to his ex-wife’s boyfriend in July, but the judge chose instead to weigh for himself whether Moody is mentally fit to be released from a psych…