Three strip club dancers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge are suing to halt a statewide ban against strippers younger than 21, saying the ban infringes on their constitutional right to free speech, due process and equal protection.
Monday, September 26, 2016
In 1977, Carlos Poree shot his wife and her father, then proceeded to Bourbon Street, where he blasted three bystanders, and finally let loose a barrage of gunfire inside a Merrill Lynch office on Common Street.
A Slidell man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for raping a traveling carnival worker in 2014, according to a news release from District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office.
Monday, September 26, 2016
A Covington man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to 79 counts of possession of child pornography, according to a news release.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
A lawsuit the state and New Orleans have lodged against online travel agency giants Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity uses words like "disguise" and "camouflage" to complain about a scheme that the suit says has cost Louisiana nearly $23 …
Friday, September 23, 2016
A state appellate court has revived a lawsuit challenging plans for redeveloping the old World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street into a Four Seasons hotel, ruling on Friday that a New Orleans judge erred in dismissing that case.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Mary Truxillo's careless driving was to blame for her fatal crash with an on-duty Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy this year in Marrero, the agency said this week in response to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by three of her children.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office has filed a vehicular homicide charge against the driver of a speeding Lamborghini that crashed into a floodwall on Tchoupitoulas Street in May, killing a passenger, 23-year-old Kristi Lynn…
A tearful Metairie man pleaded guilty and accepted a lengthy prison sentence Friday for slamming into a New Orleans woman on Mardi Gras afternoon while drunk, killing her.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A New Orleans barber has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the State Police, claiming troopers racially profiled and assaulted him last year in a case of mistaken identity.
A man recently sentenced to 66 years in prison for a 2013 attack on a woman in Sacramento, California, was indicted by a Jefferson Parish grand jury Thursday in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Metairie almost 20 years ago.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The shirt of a former New Orleans police captain does not contain the blood of slain Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, or any blood at all.
A 37-year-old Slidell man pleaded guilty in 22nd Judicial District Court this week to two counts of manslaughter in the 2010 shooting deaths of two men whom he had told authorities he had killed in self-defense. He will serve a 20-year prison term.
A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to a gun charge in the 2014 killing of a West St. John High School football coach, while the suspected shooter sits in a Texas jail serving time for a robbery conviction.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The state Supreme Court this month refused to consider the case of a Marrero small claims court judge who has been trying to block the release of an audit of his office's spending as he faces suspicion that he used hundreds of thousands of dollars…
A transgender woman booked on municipal warrants last year was assaulted and raped at the city's new jail by a male cellmate who was awaiting trial on armed robbery charges, according to a lawsuit.
Monday, September 19, 2016
A meeting that started with skepticism about a measure to essentially eliminate bail for nonviolent crimes at New Orleans' Municipal Court boiled over Monday into ill-tempered spats among City Council members and recriminations between advocates s…
In response to a public records request, video showing former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel groping and kissing a woman facing criminal charges was released Monday.
A federal judge Monday postponed a major gang racketeering trial in New Orleans for two months after attorneys for 10 accused members of the so-called 39'ers gang pleaded for more time to review a flood of 7,500 jailhouse phone calls that U.S. Att…
The U.S. Department of Justice approved but later declined to pursue federal racketeering charges against Harry Morel, the former St. Charles Parish district attorney who admitted this year to soliciting sexual favors from women facing criminal ch…
An unusual mediation session between the family of a murder victim and his killer produced an apology last week and led Monday to a plea deal and a 30-year prison sentence for a killing last year outside a 7th Ward bar.
Eric Alexander was supposed to be tried Monday on allegations that he fatally shot his 18-year-old girlfriend in 2014, and the Harvey resident faced mandatory life imprisonment if he was convicted of second-degree murder.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Real estate heir Robert Durst has been assigned to an Indiana prison which has a medical unit, rather than the California prison requested because he faces a murder trial in Los Angeles, attorney Dick DeGuerin said Sunday.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
A federal racketeering trial is set to get underway Monday morning for 10 accused members of a New Orleans street gang that authorities blame for 13 murders within less than two years, including the December 2010 slaying of acclaimed bounce rapper…
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has created a safety net in recent years for juveniles when it comes to the stiffest possible criminal punishment.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Kenneth Landrieu, a cousin of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, is slated to stand trial before a jury on Dec. 6 on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and false personation of a peace officer, after Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Lauri…
Thursday, September 15, 2016
A New Orleans activist group is threatening to pull down the city's most recognizable statue in response to what members claim are unreasonable delays in removing four other monuments honoring Confederate leaders and a 19th century white supremaci…
A year after the Orleans Justice Center opened its doors, the city's new jail remains a haven of violence and contraband, a team of experts testified Thursday, drawing fresh attention to conditions they described as still "unacceptable" after thre…
A Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist on Thursday characterized as a "crude joke" his decision to forward unsolicited videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family and clients in 2013 and 2015.
To her defense attorney, Breyiana Brown is a 21-year-old college student with no criminal record and a supportive family.
To police and prosecutors, Brown is a drug dealer and a killer, one who didn't hesitate before ending the life of a bright but troubled Denham Springs teenager over a petty debt.
On Thursday, both versions of Brown were presented at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
A decision on one aspect of a lengthy court battle that city officials say has stalled progress on a $364 million project to turn the old World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street into a Four Seasons Hotel now rests with a state appe…
A federal judge in New Orleans decided Thursday against making public an extraordinary whistleblower letter that he received from an FBI agent criticizing the way prosecutors handled the case against Harry Morel, the former St. Charles Parish dist…
The former chief deputy of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office admitted his role Thursday in a scheme to defraud local businesses that hired off-duty deputies to provide security at special events.
An Orleans Parish judge on Thursday pushed back to early December a trial date for the man accused of killing former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Newly compiled data from Court Watch NOLA shed some fresh light on the makeup of the nearly 36,000 people arrested last year in Orleans Parish and the road that defendants plow through the criminal justice system.
A federal jury on Wednesday cleared a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy of civil liability in the fatal shooting of a man five years ago in River Ridge.
Prosecutors came under fire Tuesday for affording a deal to John Landry III, the embattled chairman of the St. Charles Parish Hospital Board, that keeps Landry out of jail for falsifying public records in exchange for his resignation and community…
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A Madisonville man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery of a victim younger than 13 and 56 counts of child pornography, a spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.
A lawsuit accusing pro football player Junior Galette of beating a woman at his former Kenner home early last year is tentatively scheduled to go to trial next summer.
Judge Steve Enright of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna is set to begin hearing arguments and testimony in the woman's lawsuit against Galette — who spent five seasons with the Saints — on June 12, according to court documents released Monday.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Given the chance to confront her younger brother's killer, Keanna Dabney raised her right hand, then covered her face with it.
A Jefferson Parish jury on Friday convicted Marcus Harris, 40, of forcible rape for sexually assaulted a teenager in her bed in February 2010, District Attorney Paul Connick’s Office said.
Friday, September 09, 2016
A second federal judgeship has opened up in New Orleans with the recent announcement that U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan has taken "senior status," a form of semi-retirement.
A former Tulane University student has managed to avoid prison time after admitting in court to a series of unsettling break-ins near the campus in January.
Ender Darling resorted to earthly powers Friday to remove a troubling spell — the one the self-described witch was doing in jail.
Accused St. Tammany Parish drug dealer and militia leader James R. Moore Jr. pleaded not guilty Friday to four federal drug counts and one weapons charge before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, who pleaded guilty in the federal corruption case that sent ex-Parish President Aaron Broussard to prison, can practice law again, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided this week.
The state Judiciary Commission has recommended that an Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge repay more than $57,000 that he received in suspect insurance benefits and be publicly censured for unethical conduct, accusing Judge Darryl Derbig…