Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams has pleaded not guilty to a stealing money from his office, KATC-TV reported. He is accused of using nearly $7,000 in department funds for personal purposes.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
A Maurice man pleaded guilty Wednesday to submitting false receipts in order to draw more than $1.6 million from a bank line of credit, according to United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate have put a heavy emphasis on federal judgeships in their first year in office, confirming a record number of appellate court judges and powering through hearings on…
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Shareholder claims that Cleco management flubbed last year’s $4.7 billion sale to an international consortium received new life when an appellate court reversed a decision to toss the lawsuit.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
A district court judge warned the Lafayette city marshal Wednesday that failing to own up to his misconduct could land him in jail on a suspended sentence for contempt of court. If that happens, Marshal Brian Pope could get out just in time to sta…
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
A former Evangeline Parish prosecutor has been disbarred from practicing law in Louisiana after a state board found malpractice in his private legal work.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A former St. Martinville police officer facing federal criminal charges is accused of physically assaulting two people and then working to cover his tracks by filing false police reports, destroying evidence and trying to convince his fellow offic…
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of DeJuan Guillory’s family claims an Evangeline Parish sheriff’s deputy fatally shot Guillory, 27, on July 6 as Guillory tried to crawl away, posing no threat to the deputy. It was the final …
Monday, December 18, 2017
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope will head to court Dec. 27 for a hearing on a motion to revoke his probation. If granted, he could land in jail.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s office sunk deeper into controversy on Monday after executing a 20-year-old arrest warrant against one of Pope’s nemeses for a misdemeanor offense.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
City Marshal Brian Pope’s deleted emails can be used as evidence in the criminal case against him, a Lafayette Parish judge ruled on Thursday.
Monday, December 04, 2017
The Lafayette Parish school board is ignoring a three-week-old demand letter sent on behalf of Pat Cooper, the ousted superintendent whose termination was deemed arbitrary and capricious by an appeals court. Cooper is now threatening to individual…
The federal trial of a former Louisiana private investigator accused of trying to illegally get his hands on Donald Trump's unreleased tax returns before last year's U.S. presidential election has been delayed one week.
Sunday, December 03, 2017
Lafayette icon and historian Kaliste Saloom Jr. died Saturday evening at the age of 99, having spent four decades serving as city judge that established his leadership within the community and helped solidify his legacy of fairness, integrity and …
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Public defender offices in Louisiana are notoriously dependent on traffic fines and court fees for their primary revenue. That creates what many regard as a conflict of interest by marrying defense of the indigent to the whims of sheriffs who writ…
Friday, December 01, 2017
Louisiana's governor is going to the state's Supreme Court in hopes of reviving his executive order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
WASHINGTON — After months of indecision on a White House pick to join the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. John Kennedy now said he plans to back Kyle Duncan's nomination.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy praised some of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Kyle Duncan’s legal credentials at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday but questioned Duncan’s Louisiana ties and took shots at the White Hous…
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
WASHINGTON — Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy lambasted several of the Trump administration's picks for the federal judiciary, calling one nominee "embarrassing" and questioning the competency of the White House office charged with vetting potenti…
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for disgraced former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson are nearing a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid a new trial on federal corruption charges and settle on a new sentence, according to documents filed in federal court.
Monday, November 27, 2017
WASHINGTON — A Louisianan nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will get a hearing before the Senate's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, amid a lobbying campaign by pro-life and conservative g…
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A federal investigation revealed last year that authorities in a rural Louisiana parish routinely used illegal "investigative holds" to arrest hundreds of people for questioning, secretly keeping them jailed for days on nothing …
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
An appellate court panel found Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards went too far when trying to ban discrimination against transgender people in state government.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
A St. Landry Parish grand jury has indicted Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum on 15 counts that include charges of malfeasance, injuring public records, forgery and theft.
A state judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson filed against one of his constituents for comments she made to The Washington Post.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
The Lafayette businessman charged with plotting to kidnap and kill his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Friday, September 29, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana law enforcement officer pleaded guilty on Friday to negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy after a car chase with the boy's father. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week…
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Conservative Christian legal warrior Kyle Duncan and Chief U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt were nominated Thursday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
President Donald Trump plans to nominate Wendy Vitter, the wife of former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, for a vacant federal judgeship in New Orleans, according to an email from the White House obtained by The Advocate.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Lawrence Michael Handley has been indicted in the Aug. 6 kidnapping of his estranged wife in a bizarre case that ended in the drowning deaths of the two kidnappers as they fled from police.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A Louisiana State Police trooper has been suspended 14 weeks without pay for his role in a fatal crash in Pointe Coupee Parish in which he had been driving 111 mph — more than twice the posted speed limit.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
President Donald Trump has nominated an attorney specializing in civil litigation and a state district court judge to federal judgeships in Louisiana's Western District, the White House announced Thursday evening.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
After spending a half-century serving life without parole for a murder committed as a teenager, Henry Montgomery is now preparing for a parole hearing, a shot at freedom capping years of litigation over a case that stretched from a Baton Rouge dis…
Sunday, July 16, 2017
In 2014, Thayer Green faced life in prison without parole when he was sentenced as a habitual offender for a non-fatal home invasion, second-degree battery and simple robbery of the mother of his child. Green was 17 at the time of the crime.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
A Vermilion Parish government lawsuit blaming wetlands loss on exploration canals and waste disposal pits left after decades of oil and gas drilling must be heard in state court, a federal magistrate in Lafayette has found.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Louisiana's high court has agreed with an East Baton Rouge Parish jury's finding that a former longtime University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department employee was discriminated against because of his age.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Two civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the practice of setting bail in the Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes without considering whether a defendant can afford it amounts to an unconstitutional punishment of the poor.
Friday, June 02, 2017
Misdemeanor criminal mischief charges have been filed against 13 University of Louisiana at Lafayette football players accused of entering a dorm room in April and taking about $2,400 worth of items.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped drug charges against Seth Paul Fontenot, ending a case that arose soon after his arrest in the high-profile shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault in 2013.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
A Lafayette businessman has been sentenced to three years in prison for double billing the Calcasieu Parish school system for leased copiers.
Friday, May 05, 2017
A Lafayette man was sentenced Friday to one year in federal prison on charges of defrauding undocumented immigrants on false promises he could help smooth over their legal troubles.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
A man prosecutors described as a confidante of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal was sentenced Tuesday to 87 months in federal prison in a wide-ranging federal probe of abuse and cover-ups the Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The owner of a Lafayette tax preparation business pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of filing a false tax return.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Louisiana authorities are investigating allegations that a personal assistant financially exploited a federal judge whose alcoholism is so severe that a colleague asked a court to rule she cannot take care of herself.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
A federal judge whose unusual behavior preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself, according to court records released Thursday.