Monday, January 22, 2018
Jurors on Monday heard some of the first testimony to contradict Ronald Gasser’s claim that he was attacked by a screaming, swearing Joe McKnight when he shot the former NFL football player through the open passenger side-window of his car at a Te…
For nearly five decades in local law enforcement, Craig Taffaro worked to put defendants in front of juries.
Whether 1,500 acres of St. Tammany Parish woodlands will be preserved as habitat for the dusky gopher frog or used to harvest timber will hinge on the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Update, 2:10 p.m.: After lunch, witness Lakeisha Williams — who was walking to a bus stop in the area when the shooting occurred — heard two people loudly arguing and cursing at each other shortly before the gunfire that killed Joe McKnight.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
A second woman has accused Jefferson Parish School Board member Cedric Floyd of harassment, filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Jurors kept their eyes trained on the TV monitor on the wall of the Gretna courtroom Saturday, peering through a window of sorts and into Ronald Gasser’s first hours after he was taken in for questioning about gunning down former NFL football play…
Friday, January 19, 2018
Attorneys on Friday sketched out two different versions of the moment 13 months ago when Ronald Gasser raised a .40-caliber pistol from the driver’s seat of his blue Infiniti sedan and shot former NFL running back Joe McKnight three times at a Ter…
St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran is expected to enter a substance-abuse program to try to avoid prosecution on a charge of driving while intoxicated last year.
Update, 6:35 p.m., Jan. 19, 2018: At the end of the day Friday, jurors got two hours into what prosecutors apologetically explained was going to be a full viewing of Ronald Gasser’s initial 8½-hour interview with police.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
With an inmate death rate four times the national average, the New Orleans jail is “critically unsafe” and staffing is “critically inadequate," according to a withering report released Thursday by federal monitors.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit that alleges the Gretna Police Department maintained an illegal arrest quota for officers to proceed to trial.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Freezing temperatures prompted the closure of 24th Judicial District Court on Wednesday, suspending for a day Ronald Gasser’s second-degree murder trial, which saw jury selection continue late into the night Tuesday.
Two New Orleans residents who tried to knock former City Council member Ellen Hazeur off the ballot for an open judgeship at Civil District Court have given up their case, the candidate's representatives said Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice moments before he was set to go to trial on a murder charge in New Orleans on Tuesday, according to the office of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted two men last week in separate homicides, according to 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office.
A lawsuit filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court takes aim at the candidacy of 4th Circuit Court of Appeal hopeful Robin Pittman.
A St. Tammany Parish firefighter who has been leading an effort to oust embattled Fire Chief Steve Krentel is now suing his department over its decision to put him on paid leave while complaints against him are investigated.
Robert Jones, the man who fought successfully to free himself from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, alleging prosecutorial misconduct, filed a federal court suit against the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.
Jury selection got underway Tuesday in a Gretna courtroom for the trial of Ronald Gasser, who is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing former NFL running back Joe McKnight during a road-rage incident in Terrytown in 2016.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in what is arguably the most high-profile trial in Jefferson Parish in years: the fatal road-rage shooting of former NFL running back Joe McKnight by Ronald Gasser, the Gretna man who claims he pulled th…
Craig Taffaro, the former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, has insisted since he was charged with tax evasion in July that he is eager to have his day in court.
A state agency that disciplines lawyers has recommended that former federal prosecutor Salvador “Sal” Perricone receive a one-year suspension from practicing law for the online rants that contributed to a mistrial in the Danziger Bridge shooting case.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Robert Jones stood outside an Orleans Parish criminal courtroom one day last month in a dark suit and an ID badge as he huddled with the family of a 26-year-old man who was headed to a place Jones knows well.
Friday, January 12, 2018
A Jefferson Parish jury took only 15 minutes Friday to reject a New Orleans man’s claim that he was afraid for his life when he shot and killed his unarmed ex-wife in front of their two children in a Metairie apartment a year ago.
A second former Gretna Police Department officer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the department over what he calls an illegal quota system for arrests and tickets.
Lawsuits were filed Friday to disqualify Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins from running for the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and to remove two candidates from the Jefferson Parish sheriff and Kenner mayor races, court r…
Almost a year after he plowed into a crowd of revelers at the Endymion parade while driving severely drunk, Neilson Rizzuto was sentenced Friday to spend four years behind bars.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The bus driver blamed for a 2016 crash on Interstate 10 in LaPlace that killed three people, including an on-duty firefighter, is guilty of negligent homicide, jurors decided Thursday.
The 26-year-old man who sped his pick-up truck through a crowd of pedestrians at the Endymion parade last year is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.
Judge Robert M. Murphy retired Jan. 3 from the state 5th Circuit Court of Appeal and has been replaced on an interim basis by former 5th Circuit and 24th Judicial District Judge Marion F. Edwards.
A state judge and an animal shelter owner said they were impressed by the lengthy personal apology that a man convicted of killing a street cat gave on Thursday. In a formal courtroom apology in New Orleans, 19-year-old Kyre West said life under a haze of alcohol, drugs and low self-esteem led up to the October night when he killed a street cat with a pellet gun outside an Uptown animal shelter...
A security guard who shot her 3-year-old grandson while they were sleeping in a New Orleans East house two years ago received probation after prosecutors reduced the charge against her on Thursday.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tony LeMon, an avid supporter of Warren Montgomery's underdog 2014 bid for district attorney of the 22nd Judicial District who then became one of the new DA's top assistants, is leaving his post, he said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — The momentous decision by U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt to throw out the convictions of five New Orleans Police Department officers in the post-Katrina shootings on the Danziger Bridge and an ensuing cover-up took center s…
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed a 48-page retort to Ray Nagin's latest bid to vacate his conviction and 10-year prison sentence, arguing that the former New Orleans mayor has miscast or wildly stretched a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling th…
Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Clare Jupiter is fighting an illness, and her seat will be filled by retired Judge Melvin Zeno for three months beginning Jan. 16, officials said Wednesday.
A Jefferson Parish jury on Wednesday heard the panicked calls to 911 that came in just before Derice Bailey was shot to death by her ex-husband.
For nearly two years, Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Laurie White demanded that an Alabama lawyer face stiff charges for attacking her husband in the courtyard of the couple's French Quarter home one early morning in 2015.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
A candidate running for an open judgeship at New Orleans Civil District Court said Tuesday that he will withdraw from the race, a day after two residents filed a lawsuit seeking to remove him from the ballot.
Monday, January 08, 2018
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced a new round of courthouse ping-pong on Monday, saying he will shuttle new state misdemeanor cases back to Municipal Court after moving them to Criminal District Court barely a year ago.
A lawsuit filed Monday seeks to disqualify one of four people running for an open seat at New Orleans' Civil District Court, claiming the candidate listed the wrong political party when he signed up for the race.
The trial for Denis Amaya-Rodriguez, the bus driver indicted in a LaPlace crash that killed three and injured dozens more in 2016, is slated to begin Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Parish. He faces three counts of negligent homicide.
Friday, January 05, 2018
Jennifer Marks, who claimed her civil rights were violated when she was pulled over by a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy in 2014, received $38,500 in an an out-of-court settlement last year that was made public by a federal judge this week.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office paid $125,000 last month to the wife and two children of a man who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage while in custody at the parish jail nearly a decade ago.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A court order blocking Louisiana from carrying out any executions has been extended indefinitely after the death of the federal judge who issued it.