A Eunice man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for persuading a 12-year-old girl to send him sexual explicit pictures of herself, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
MARKSVILLE — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former Marksville deputy marshal accused of murder in a shooting at the end of a pursuit in November 2015 that left a 6-year-old child dead, capping a long day of technical testimony fr…
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
What's normally a subdued contest for a seat on the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has become the center of political attention in an off-season special election.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The driver in the fatal incident, 26-year-old Christopher Few, testified for over an hour Tuesday afternoon, describing the events of Nov. 3, 2015, and recounting the hail of gunfire that wounded him and killed his 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis.
Monday, March 20, 2017
MARKSVILLE — Jurors sat glued to a big-screen TV in a cramped upstairs courtroom, listening intently over the din of the air conditioner as gunshots cracked on the body camera footage and a local policeman checked the faint pulse of a mortally wou…
Lafayette attorney Vanessa Waguespack Anseman's bid for a seat on the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal was revived Monday after a clarification about her qualifications for the seat voided an earlier ruling that booted her from the race.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Latest on a trial for a Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's fatal shooting (all times local):
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A federal judge has ruled that an Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office deputy cannot withdraw his guilty plea in a sweeping investigation of civil rights abuses that also targeted Sheriff Louis Ackal.
A New Iberia man pleaded guilty this week to federal charges for sending threatening letters to a long list of public officials, including Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Monday, March 13, 2017
MARKSVILLE (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police called it the most disturbing thing he's seen: a 6-year-old autistic boy's lifeless body, strapped into the front seat of a car riddled with bullets fired by two law enforcement officers.
A judge on Monday removed Lafayette attorney Vanessa Waguespack Anseman from the race for a seat on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, ruling she did not meet the requirement of having been admitted to practice law for at least 10 years.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Hundreds of Avoyelles Parish residents, jury summonses in hand, will begin gathering Monday morning in the parish courthouse in Marksville for the second-degree murder trial of Derrick Stafford, the first of the two former deputy city marshals cha…
Thursday, March 09, 2017
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that accuses Louisiana regulators of harassing and discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope has been called to court on March 27 to explain why he has yet to begin the 173 hours of community service he received for failing to comply with public records laws.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
One of 10 deputies who admitted wrongdoing in a broad federal probe of civil rights abuses at the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office has asked a judge to void the guilty plea he entered in the case last year.
Monday, March 06, 2017
A grand jury in West Feliciana Parish rejected criminal charges against an assistant warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola who'd been accused of raping a woman on the prison's grounds.
LAFAYETTE — A former Lafayette Parish teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student has pleaded guilty and received a suspended prison sentence.
Monday, February 27, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn has issued a blanket denial of allegations made by a former longtime Clerk's Office employee who claims workers had to chip in cash for Welborn's birthday and Christmas presents.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A Houston-based company was ordered to pay $9.5 million in fines for falsely reporting that its workers had inspected offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and for its role in an explosion off the coast of Grand Isle in 2012 that killed three …
A jury on Thursday convicted Jeffery Fisher, 28, on second-degree murder in the Jan. 4, 2016, shooting death of the manager of the Bikini Betty convenience store in Opelousas.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
LAFAYETTE — Accused criminals are being locked into courtrooms in Lafayette Parish and the public is being locked out. Gayle Cormier was accompanying her sister to her arraignment in January but was not allowed in.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A former Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office employee alleges in a lawsuit she was wrongly fired by Sheriff Louis Ackal for cooperating with the FBI in the investigation against him, including handing over audio recordings of the sheriff referring to a…
Friday, February 17, 2017
A Lafayette man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday on one count of felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A high-ranking official at the State Penitentiary at Angola has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud in connection with the theft or misuse of as much as $160,000 from a fund meant to improve recreational opportunities for prison emplo…
A Lafayette-based business selling elixirs online for everything from tooth decay to cancer has agreed to recall and destroy its products and retool its business to comply with federal regulations, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge has sentenced a Texas man to the maximum term of five years in prison for his role in bribing Mississippi's former corrections commissioner. The same man also did business for years with Louisiana's corrections dep…
Thursday, February 09, 2017
An Orleans Parish judge on Thursday refused a request by a defendant awaiting trial in a murder case that the judge rule that Louisiana's century-old provision allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts is unconstitutional.
Monday, February 06, 2017
A group of nonprofit and private law firms filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a court-appointed monitor to oversee Louisiana's troubled public defense system for poor people accused of crimes. The suit describes the system as woefully lacking in money…
Thursday, February 02, 2017
A recent investigative audit that said several employees of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — including longtime former warden Burl Cain — might have committed crimes has become a bit of a hot potato.
Monday, January 23, 2017
A defunct personal care company that had offices in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Lafayette is balking at the nearly $7 million that a judge ordered it to pay in restitution last month for its 2015 conviction in a Medicaid fraud case.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A grand jury on Thursday indicted Tonia Cain, the wife of former prison warden Nate Cain, on charges of theft of $25,000 or more, malfeasance and injuring public records, according to Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A Baton Rouge federal judge said Tuesday he is greatly troubled by allegations that state cosmetology board inspectors detain employees of Vietnamese-American nail salons during inspections of their facilities.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The fallout from a blistering U.S. Department of Justice report spilled into the Evangeline Parish courts this week, as the public defender in Ville Platte asked a judge to throw out a 2014 murder conviction he claims was tainted by the unconstitu…
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The owner of a now-defunct south Louisiana personal-care company has been ordered to spend 10 years in prison and pay nearly $7 million in restitution to the state in a Medicaid fraud scheme, a sentence that drew praise Tuesday from Louisiana Atto…
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Two former high-ranking officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola who were accused by auditors of looting a fund aimed at improving recreational opportunities at the prison have been charged with felony theft of $1,500 or more by 20t…
A federal judge who has been pulled off a string of criminal cases this year was removed from another one this week following the abrupt end to a trial in her Louisiana courtroom.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
A former Lafayette prosecutor convicted of accepting bribes from DWI suspects is no longer allowed to practice law in Louisiana after the state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the revocation of his law license.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope's former attorney has been indicted in a widening criminal probe that has delved into what appear to be underhanded efforts to influence last year's Lafayette Parish sheriff's race.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The courtroom battle over the power struggle between the governor and the attorney general will have to wait two weeks – partly because of gamesmanship between the two sides.
Citing the convicted drivers' negligence, "immaturity and stupidity," a state judge awarded nearly $5.5 million Wednesday to the families of five Ascension Parish residents, including three young boys, killed in a fiery road-rage related crash on …
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The convicted drivers in a fiery crash allegedly the result of a road-rage chase on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge that killed five Ascension Parish residents, including three young boys, in 2011 pointed the finger of blame at each other Tuesday in …
Monday, November 14, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
A jury's finding that a longtime University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department employee was the victim of age discrimination has been affirmed by a divided state appeals court.
Friday, November 04, 2016
A tort reform group is taking issue with hefty campaign spending in the upcoming state Supreme Court race by a group of lawyers pursuing lawsuits against oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
A federal jury on Friday found Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal not guilty on all charges of allowing his deputies to purposefully mistreat black residents of New Iberia and beating jail inmates.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
A jury could begin deliberating by Friday afternoon in the federal trial of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, who has been portrayed by prosecutors as a leader who nurtured a culture of abuse and used his department as a brutal tool in what he sa…
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Former Iberia Parish Sheriff's narcotics agent Wade Bergeron recalled a drug suspect kneeling on the ground on an isolated rural road, ordered to hold a bullet in his mouth while Bergeron's screaming supervisor threatened the trembling man's life.