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.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
A Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's fatal shooting had engaged in a pattern of abusing his badge to "satisfy his sexual desires," prosecutors claim in a court filing disclosing the lurid allegations.
Monday, April 03, 2017
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office faces two new lawsuits in the fallout from a federal investigation of excessive force and cover-ups that netted guilty pleas from 10 deputies.
Friday, March 31, 2017
MARKSVILLE — Former Marksville deputy marshal Derrick Stafford was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday, a week after an Avoyelles Parish jury found the 33-year-old former policeman guilty in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy and the woundi…
Thursday, March 30, 2017
An Iberia Parish jury has convicted a New Iberia man of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and intimidation of a witness.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A Duson man was sentenced this week to one year in prison and ordered to pay nearly $300,000 on charges of evading federal taxes for three years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A St. Landry Parish postal employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of stealing mail, according the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The ACLU of Louisiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging a Lafayette police officer improperly deleted cellphone photos a woman had taken of her son in the back of police cruiser.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Seven former deputies who agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a broad federal probe of abuse and coverup in the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were sentenced yesterday in a case that missed its main target: Sheriff Louis Ackal.
Monday, March 27, 2017
A trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in the only pending case in a federal probe of abuse and cover-ups at the Iberia Parish Sheriff's office has been postponed.
Friday, March 24, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.