For New Orleans criminal defense attorney John Fuller, the Will Smith murder trial began about 8 a.m. on April 10, a Sunday, with a text message that flashed on his phone.
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
A 57-year-old Jefferson Parish woman was ordered Friday to spend eight years in federal prison for embezzling $103,000-plus from her elderly victims' bank accounts in a multi-state bank fraud and identity theft scheme.
Friday, December 02, 2016
The woman was obviously drunk. Her head kept slumping toward the bar as she sat next to Richard Reed at the Chimes restaurant in Covington.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday handed up indictments in three cases, two involving shooting deaths in Kenner and Harvey and the third a kidnapping and robbery in Gretna.
The administrator who assumed control of the New Orleans jail this fall has been given an additional month to draft a long-term plan for housing pretrial inmates who suffer from mental health issues.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A former Delgado Community College baseball player has been indicted in the February rape of a woman at her Brightside Drive condo in Baton Rouge.
The man behind litigation stalling the redevelopment of the city’s World Trade Center building has made good on his threat to revive his lawsuit, filing notice of a long-shot appeal that will nonetheless once again delay plans to turn the long-vac…
The suspension of an FBI agent who investigated former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel has drawn the attention of the Senate Judiciary Committee, an influential panel of lawmakers that has opened an inquiry into the case.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A judge in New Orleans dealt a setback Wednesday to the lawyers representing a former Orleans Public Defenders Office investigator charged with posing as a staffer for the district attorney.
A former high-ranking Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who coordinated off-duty security shifts for other deputies was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison for fraudulently charging local businesses for the services of "ghost …
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The owner of Federal City in Algiers failed to tell Vista Louisiana that part of a 65-acre site the company was chosen to redevelop is contaminated with lead and asbestos, Vista alleged in court documents Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
More than six years after helping the Saints win their lone Super Bowl title, former NFL player Robert Meachem should be held in contempt of court for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony owed to his ex-wife, according to a …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper's tour of shame and punishment reaches its conclusion Tuesday in the courthouse where he first admitted drugging and raping women in four states.
St. Tammany Parish judges get mostly high marks in a new study by the Metropolitan Crime Commission examining the efficiency of the local bench.
Monday, November 28, 2016
A federal judge on Monday denied a request to throw out the guilty verdicts of former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed and his son, Steven, or to grant them new trials.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A court hearing conducted in secret this year featured startling testimony about a New Orleans-based drug task force that has come under federal investigation, including allegations that a longtime member of the group sold narcotics across state l…
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
A New Orleans man has taken aim at a city ordinance that forbids the possession and sale of stun guns, claiming the little-known ban violates his Second Amendment right to self-defense.
An 18-year-old Harvey man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he shot a woman who lived nearby on Manhattan Boulevard after she refused to accompany him at gunpoint.
Monday, November 21, 2016
The team hired two years ago to redevelop a vast swath of Federal City has asked that the Algiers Development District’s attempt to remove it from the project be heard in federal court.
The bizarre litigation that for more than a year has stalled the redevelopment of the city’s old World Trade Center building, thrust an eccentric character into the public spotlight and sparked repeated accusations of fraud, appears to be over.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
A St. Tammany Parish jury late Friday night found Larry Bickham guilty as charged of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Larry Bickham's child cruelty case went to a St. Tammany Parish jury late Friday after a week of testimony about drug use and addiction by Bickham and Kayla Gregg, the mother of the couple's 17-month-old daughter.
The last of the four defendants charged in the brutal stabbing death of Taylor Friloux during a June robbery of the Raising Cane's restaurant in Kenner has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.
More than two years after Richard Reed, the brother of former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed, was accused of groping a drunken woman in the bar of a popular Covington restaurant and then loading her into his car, he pleaded guilty to ob…
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Both parents of a 17-month-old girl who tested positive for cocaine smoked crack while the child was in their home, witnesses in a child cruelty case said Thursday, painting both Larry Bickham, the defendant, and Kayla Gregg, the child's mother, a…
The attorney representing prominent Jefferson Parish political consultant Greg Buisson in a legal challenge to a controversial parish ordinance is asking for permission to withdraw from the case, saying she has not been paid for much of her work.
An indicted narcotics officer who served on a New Orleans-based federal drug task force contends he should stand trial separately from a colleague who has cooperated extensively with the government and already admitted to an array of misconduct.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Lisa Gauthier frequently acted as a caretaker for the 17-month-old girl at the center of a child cruelty case in St. Tammany Parish, but she told a jury in 22nd Judicial District Court on Wednesday that the defendant, Larry Bickham, made it increa…
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.
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction and death sentence of a Shreveport man in the 2012 death of his toddler son, ordering a new trial for Rodricus Crawford after finding that the trial judge botched the constitutiona…
A Jefferson Parish judge will consider whether to give an investigator access to $23,040 in Public Defenders Office funding and a full year to look into whether there are mitigating circumstances that would warrant making Dexter Allen eligible for…
Former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge David Bell, who surrendered to authorities in September on allegations that he participated in an auto theft ring in Jefferson Parish, received permission earlier this month to spend five days a week in F…
Attorneys on both sides of the lawsuit pitting Saints owner Tom Benson against the officials overseeing a group of trust funds for his estranged relatives believe they are close to finalizing a settlement first heralded this summer, according to c…
An Orleans Parish judge on Wednesday granted a prosecution motion to sequester the jury in the expected trial next month of Cardell Hayes, the man charged with murder in the killing of former Saints lineman Will Smith in April.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Prosecutors told jurors in Judge William Burris' courtroom Tuesday that they will show Larry Bickham, of Slidell, endangered his 17-month-old daughter in 2014 by allowing people to cook crack and use it in her presence.
A prominent local landowner is accusing Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts of failing to pay off a business loan of nearly $200,000 and bouncing a $6,500 check, according to a lawsuit.
Allegations that he raped and secretly videotaped his wife aren't enough to keep a New Orleans breast surgeon from seeing his three children, a judge ruled Monday in a decision that left victims advocates fuming.
Monday, November 14, 2016
A road map for reducing New Orleans’ jail population by hundreds of inmates by 2018 includes efforts to use mental health services instead of arrests, beefing up the staffing of the Public Defenders Office and expediting hearings for those awaitin…
The family of an Orleans Parish jail inmate who died last year has filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Marlin Gusman, claiming jail officials failed to provide the man with vital medication for his sickle-cell disease.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
A lawsuit filed by Jefferson Parish seeking to force oil and gas companies to pay for damage to coastal wetlands will go to trial after a judge reversed his own earlier ruling that those claims must first be handled through the state's regulatory agency.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
A federal judge handed life prison terms Wednesday to Central City gangster Telly Hankton, two cousins and Walter "Urkel" Porter, a twice-convicted hit man who was briefly hauled out of the courtroom after refusing to stop talking.
Monday, November 07, 2016
The peculiar lawsuit challenging plans to turn New Orleans’ vacant World Trade Center building into a Four Seasons Hotel appears to be falling apart, as no one representing the firm that sued over the project appeared in court Monday to defend the…
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Tuesday's election to complete the term of retired Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo features two seasoned lawyers who argue daily from opposing sides and an appeals court judge who referees their cases from a judicial per…
Friday, November 04, 2016
Walter Reed, the former district attorney for St. Tammany and Washington parishes, and his son, Steven, will not be sentenced for federal corruption charges until next year, according to federal court filings made Friday.
Former New Orleans police Sgt. Gerard Dugue, the last remaining defendant in the Danziger Bridge shooting case, pleaded guilty Friday morning to a misdemeanor accessory charge under a deal that will not require him to spend a day behind bars.
Charges were refused Friday against six people who were arrested during protests Wednesday night over the controversial inclusion of David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, in a televised U.S. Senate debate held at historically blac…
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Reginald Pye, who this year was found not guilty by reason of insanity after allegedly biting a toddler's face and later attacking three jailers, was ordered back to a state mental facility on Thursday, five months after his release to a community…