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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Narcotics agents with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office enforced their own code of justice, running amok in a deep culture of abuse without fear of discipline from a chain of command that tolerated and even encouraged violence, according to testi…
Monday, October 31, 2016
SHREVEPORT — Handcuffed inmates screamed and groaned in pain, begging for the beatings to stop as Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputies swung metal batons and as a dog was held snarling and growling in their faces.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal took office in 2008 with a pledge to restore what he felt was the public's dim opinion of the department.
Friday, October 21, 2016
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.
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.