A Eunice man has pleaded guilty to the 2011 slaying of his uncle and the December 2015 murder of another man.
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.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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.
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.
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.