Tuesday, March 28, 2017
An Orleans Parish judge on Tuesday tossed out the conviction of a Kenner man just days before he was slated to be deported back to his native Guatemala after serving a seven-year sentence on battery and burglary charges.
Federal authorities have all but wrapped up their case against 13 people charged in a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme centered on a clutch of New Orleans-area medical firms run by Mark Morad, of Slidell.
Monday, March 27, 2017
One of the passengers in Will Smith's car on the night the former Saints star was fatally shot has filed a lawsuit seeking civil damages from the convicted killer.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
His own lawyer is arguing that Rufus Johnson, an indicted former New Orleans bail bondsman, must be crazy to refuse the plea deal federal prosecutors have offered him.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The case that Orleans Parish prosecutors laid out to a jury last week, accusing a New Orleans plastic and breast reconstruction surgeon of taking dirty photos and videos of his unconscious patients on the operating table, came straight from his iPhone.
The debate over so-called “sanctuary cities” heated up this past week, putting New Orleans among cities in the cross-hairs as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to crack down on communities that limit law enforcement’s cooperation with …
Friday, March 24, 2017
A state district judge will hear arguments next month about whether statements Jerman Neveaux made after his June arrest for allegedly killing Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy David Michel Jr. can be used against him at a trial.
New Orleans political operative Jacques Morial recently wrapped up a Jefferson Parish traffic court case that saw him arrested last year on suspicion of drunk driving, an offense that prosecutors never charged him with after he passed a Kenner Pol…
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The race for an open seat on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court bench features three women from varying legal backgrounds, and a flurry of late campaign hits.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A jury of seven women and five men took just over two hours Thursday afternoon to reject the insanity defense of Gary Francois and find him guilty of second-degree murder, a verdict that will send him to prison for the rest of his life.
Sentencing for Cardell Hayes, the man convicted of killing former Saints lineman Will Smith, will be delayed again, an Orleans Parish judge ruled Thursday.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Friends, family and a forensic psychiatrist hired by the defense characterized Gary Francois on Wednesday as a mentally troubled man who had a major psychotic episode in his final year at Grambling State University in 2013 and didn’t know right fr…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The winner of Saturday's election for a seat on the state appeals court bench in New Orleans will be a veteran Civil District Court jurist with experience clerking at the Louisiana Supreme Court.
A New Orleans jury acquitted a prominent Uptown plastic surgeon Wednesday evening on four separate counts of video voyeurism.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Walter Reed is on the hook for more than $600,000, but the former north shore district attorney, who was convicted on 18 federal corruption counts in May, is trying to put off forfeiting that money until he has exhausted his appeals.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has settled a class-action lawsuit that accused Sheriff Marlin Gusman of shortchanging deputies for years on wages they earned attending mandatory roll calls and while waiting to be relieved at the end of their …
A local FBI agent who investigated former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel told a judge last year that he has been hamstrung by "systemic corruption" within the U.S. Department of Justice, saying he's come under pressure at times t…
In one operating-room video, the camera pans from a TV screen to a nurse who is dancing to "Fun," a pulsating song from Pitbull and hip-hop artist Chris Brown. Beside her, a woman's nude body lies on the table, unconscious and prepped for surgery.
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dropped murder charges against Jamal Taylor, Brandon Smith and Kelin Stevens, who were accused of killing an 11-year-old boy while shooting at someone else five years ago near Westwego.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The attorney for accused Oakwood Mall shooter Gary Francois told a jury Monday that his client was legally insane and didn’t know right from wrong when prosecutors say he walked into the Terrytown Foot Locker store on Christmas Eve of 2014 and gun…
A jury of six men and six women is set to hear opening statements Tuesday morning in the trial of Dr. Alireza Sadeghi, a New Orleans breast reconstruction surgeon accused of videotaping four nude women in the operating room and sending the footage…
The family of a man fatally shot by a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy in March 2016 has filed a federal lawsuit against the deputy and the agency, court records show.
A Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist who was set to stand trial this week on federal child pornography charges is now expected to be tried in October.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
For an hour Friday night, 12 inmates held in the Orleans Justice Center barricaded themselves inside a fourth-floor "disciplinary unit," jail officials said, noting that the incident began about 8 p.m., “while the deputy on duty was temporarily ou…
For years, at its mile-long facility fronting the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish, the Violet Dock Port company moored and serviced U.S. Navy ships at three of its five deepwater berths, work that was generating healthy profits.
A decadeold lawsuit by a man who claims he was brutalized by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies during a 2006 arrest was tossed out Thursday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
A former Metairie youth sports coach was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison after accepting a plea deal with Jefferson Parish prosecutors and admitting he sexually abused four boys about a dozen years ago.
A federal judge this week dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a former St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who was fatally shot by fellow officers during a domestic dispute at his home in 2014.
A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted a New Orleans man Thursday for second-degree murder in the December shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Derice Bailey, in Metairie.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Fur is flying in the race for a seat on the Civil District Court bench in Orleans Parish, with the release this week of scathing mailers and TV ads from candidate Rachael Johnson, daughter of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson.
A Jefferson Parish magistrate on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request to either deny or dramatically increase bail for a former court bailiff accused of possessing child pornography as well as running internet searches containing phrases such a…
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Jefferson Parish prosecutors are asking a judge to keep a former court bailiff suspected of possessing child pornography behind bars without bail after finding evidence that the man had run internet searches containing the terms "cannibals eating …
A man on trial for shooting a New Orleans police officer outside a po-boy shop in 2014 pleaded guilty Tuesday, accepting a 45-year prison term rather than face a potential life sentence if convicted by a jury.
The gunshot injuries to Racquel Smith, the wife of slain former Saints lineman Will Smith, were listed at University Medical Center as the result of an "accidental discharge of a gun." But three hospital staffers testified Tuesday that there appea…
Monday, March 13, 2017
The second of two men accused of shooting cab driver Blake Helmer to death in Gretna in 2014 pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in a deal with Jefferson Parish prosecutors. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Former Destrehan High School teacher Kimberly Naquin pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from a sexual relationship she had with an underage female student, though she will not spend any time in prison.
A federal grand jury in New Orleans has handed up a slew of criminal charges against a Marrero small-claims court judge accused of jacking up defendants' wage garnishments and helping himself to the proceeds, among other misdeeds.
Friday, March 10, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the murder-for-hire conviction of former LSU and Southern University football player Nemessis Bates, nicknamed "Nemo."
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. announced Friday that he is resigning effective March 24. And for the first time, he did not reject the idea of running for political office in New Orleans.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
A judge in St. John the Baptist Parish has decided to move the highest-profile trial in the parish's recent history out of St. John, saying "the impartiality and fairness" of legal proceedings could be questioned if they occurred in the Edgard cou…
Walter Reed and his son will be allowed to remain free on bail while they appeal their convictions on multiple public corruption counts, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
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.
Authorities have jailed a 19-year-old New Orleans man in connection with a burglary in Metairie late Sunday that resulted in a woman being shot.
A Slidell man who was convicted of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after his toddler daughter tested positive for cocaine will not get a new trial, a state district judge decided this week.
A dead body, a discarded red shirt and a test for gunshot residue are likely to figure prominently as a jury considers who shot New Orleans Police Officer Jonathan Smith at a Marigny po-boy shop in 2014.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
New Orleans can take down a monument to a white supremacist militia that fought against Louisiana’s biracial Reconstruction-era government in the city’s streets, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A New Orleans judge agreed Wednesday to a request by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office to separate the charges against Dr. Alireza Sadeghi, a prominent local breast reconstruction surgeon accused of rape and voyeurism, into two cases and …