A St. Tammany Parish judge Tuesday sentenced Richard Reed to two years in prison, a bizarre fate for the brother of a former five-term, tough-on-crime district attorney.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A 24th Judicial District Court commissioner ruled Tuesday that Jatory Evans will remain in jail while he awaits formal charges in the November killings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her parents in their River Road home in Old Jefferson.
Monday, January 16, 2017
A Nicaraguan fugitive wanted in New Orleans for nearly two decades on federal racketeering charges was arrested last month in Mexico and handed over to United States authorities.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
A report last week from the Vera Institute of Justice painted a grim portrait of the fallout from millions of dollars in fines and fees that judges level each year on criminal defendants in New Orleans.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The Legislature last year passed a law intended to shield the state's financially beleaguered public defense system from more budget cuts as many poor defendants in New Orleans and elsewhere languish in jails without legal representation.
When the sun set on April 12, 2010, the "39'ers" were down by two: three of their members dead to one on the other side.
Friday, January 13, 2017
A day after a civil rights law firm filed a pair of lawsuits, state corrections officials on Friday released two New Orleans prisoners who had been held behind bars in northeastern Louisiana for months after they had completed their sentences.
A 52-year-old Terrytown man charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting a motorist in the calf in a 2013 road-rage incident received a two-year suspended sentence in a plea deal arranged this week in a Jefferson Parish court.
A man who pleaded guilty in New Orleans' federal court to credit card fraud charges after a Disney cruise ship rescued him from a boat that capsized in waters between Florida and Cuba has received a 2 1/2-year prison sentence.
Friday, January 13, 2017
A Jefferson Parish judge has found former New Orleans Saints player Robert Meachem in contempt of court for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony owed to his ex-wife.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A civil rights law firm filed a pair of lawsuits Thursday demanding the release of two New Orleans prisoners who the firm said completed their sentences months ago but remain behind bars in northeastern Louisiana.
The New Orleans City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to eliminate bail for most people charged with nonviolent crimes at the city’s Municipal Court, a victory for those who argue that the existing bail system unfairly punishes the poor.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Slidell police won't enforce a law requiring that panhandlers get a permit from the city until a federal judge rules on its constitutionality.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Yancie H. Moseley Jr., a 74-year-old Franklinton man who was well known in Washington Parish as a gold dealer, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of receiving stolen goods and failing to report them.
A federal judge Monday refused to reduce the life prison sentence of a Gretna man who torched a Central City grocery in 1991, setting off a huge fire that injured five people and killed a man sleeping above the business.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Ten accused members of New Orleans' "39'ers" gang sat quietly in a federal courtroom on Tuesday while a jury got its first sampling of the stunningly bloody exploits that prosecutors attribute to them.
A Marrero man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting he shot someone during a scuffle after being caught trying to burglarize a home in July 2015.
The dozen judges of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court saw their dockets increasingly laden with violent felony cases in 2015, resulting in cases taking longer to conclude and a swell in the overall caseload, according to a new report from the…
Like other jurisdictions in Louisiana and across the country, New Orleans relies on defendants to help bankroll its criminal justice system, from fees paid to get out of jail on bond to a menu of charges that judges assess upon a conviction.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Richard Reed, who pleaded guilty in November to obscenity and impeding a witness in connection with an October 2014 incident in which he was accused of groping an inebriated woman at a Covington restaurant, wants a state judge to spare him from ja…
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Dr. Alireza Sadeghi, the New Orleans breast reconstruction surgeon accused of raping his wife and illicitly videotaping patients in the operating room, is dropping the fight to see his three children, aiming to avoid an extended appeals process th…
Friday, January 06, 2017
The remaining defendant charged with shooting and killing Gretna cab driver Blake Helmer in 2014 used a technique called “ghosting” to conceal the phone number he was using to hail taxis and then rob them, prosecutors alleged in court records file…
Four teenagers, including a nephew of the former second-in-command of the New Orleans Police Department, pleaded guilty Friday to a slew of New Orleans armed robberies committed over the course of a week last spring.
A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted Rashaud “Shorty” Robinson and Shecorey Young on second-degree murder and other charges related to the Sept. 7 double shooting in River Ridge that left a 34-year-old Kenner man dead.
A Terrytown man accused of shooting and killing his 60-year-old stepfather in September has been indicted by a Jefferson Parish grand jury for second-degree murder.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Walter Reed's lawyer told a federal judge Thursday that the U.S. Attorney's Office is using a forfeiture proceeding against the former north shore district attorney in an attempt to increase the potential sentence for his conviction on 18 counts o…
A federal judge has postponed the trial of two former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies at the center of an intensive investigation into a New Orleans-based federal drug task force.
A longtime associate of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to a charge of running a so-called "pill mill" out of a pain management clinic in New Orleans East.
The escalating spat between a Criminal District Court judge and Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office led to a contempt of court ruling against a top prosecutor Thursday.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
The independent administrator in charge of running the city's jail presented a wide-ranging plan Wednesday for improving conditions at the lockup, a long-awaited blueprint intended to accelerate the hiring of new deputies and reduce inmate violence.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
A year ago, Orleans Parish Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton appeared in Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter’s courtroom and said the funding shortfall at Bunton's office amounted to a “constitutional crisis.”
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office on Tuesday unexpectedly dropped charges against Taryn Blume, a former investigator for the Public Defenders Office who had been accused of posing as a staffer for the DA's Office.
A private exchange of caustic text messages last month between an Orleans Parish judge and a prosecutor with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office has sparked a nasty legal dust-up.
New Orleans landfill magnate Fred Heebe and the family of a former Lexington, Kentucky, mayor who died after Heebe's boat capsized off the Plaquemines Parish coast recently settled a wrongful-death lawsuit filed after the incident.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
A state appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of Curtis Kyles, ruling that it was up to a jury to decide the credibility of an accomplice who testified she saw Kyles shoot Crystal St. Pierre in the back of the head at close range six years ago.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that a girl was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy during a seven-month stint in a juvenile tier of the parish jail that ended in January.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Walter Reed wants a federal judge to dramatically reduce the amount of money prosecutors say he should be required to give back to taxpayers, arguing in part that prosecutors are going too far back in time to tally up how much the former north sho…
Having exhausted his appeals with the Louisiana Supreme Court earlier this month, attorneys for death row inmate Teddy Chester have turned to the federal courts, saying their client is innocent of the 1995 shooting death of a cab driver in Kenner.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Six months after alleging that federal child porn charges against him are the result of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution, the war of words between Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist Christopher Young and prosecutors rages …
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The Will Smith murder case was far from the only one scheduled for trial on the morning of Dec. 5, when 130 potential jurors crammed into the pews of an Orleans Parish courtroom for the event of the year.
As Lien Nguyen lay mortally wounded and gurgling blood on a remote road off Old Gentilly Highway, a passerby called 911, then asked Nguyen who was to blame.
Friday, December 23, 2016
A state appeals court has overturned an ethics panel's ruling that effectively tossed out an Ethics Board case against Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, meaning Villere could face a trial in the new year.
Walter Johnson was walking down a street in Uptown New Orleans a week before Thanksgiving in 2013 when he noticed a Jeep Cherokee with the driver's side window down.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Facing jail and fines over a missed court hearing and accusations that he owes almost $400,000 in back child support and alimony, former Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem testified Wednesday that a former business associate, Tonya Adkism, bilked…
A New Orleans woman charged with bilking millions of dollars from one-time Saints running back Ricky Williams, ex-NBA champion Dennis Rodman and two other professional athletes pleaded not guilty in Houston federal court on Thursday.
The inmate editor of an award-winning magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola, a man who was convicted of murder in the 1984 fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home, has been ordered freed from prison by Gov. John Bel Edwa…
An appeals court this week reversed the conviction and life sentence of a former New Orleans Police Department officer after finding that a judge improperly allowed a jury to view racy text messages during Michael Thomassie's trial on a child rape…
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
All of that evidence led local authorities to charge Daniel Lee Beckley, 40, with murder following the disappearance and death of his longtime girlfriend's daughter, Jorion White, earlier this year, according to a police narrative obtained by The New Orleans Advocate...