Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A dual citizen of the U.S. and Nicaragua who evaded authorities for nearly two decades pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Orleans for his role in a plot to launder drug money, all but wrapping up an elaborate international case involving a disgraced …
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A Michigan native was sentenced in Jefferson Parish to more than 26 years in prison Tuesday after admitting he tried to pay $400 to have sex with a 6- to 7-year-old girl in his Grand Isle home.
Monday, September 18, 2017
An extra juror inside the deliberation room and a court reporter’s computer crash led an appeals court last week to overturn two unrelated convictions from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
First-degree murder charges were rare in Jefferson Parish for the past decade. When they happened — just three times between 2006 and 2016 — prosecutors were clear in each case about their intention to seek the death penalty, a punishment that onl…
After a narrow loss in the race for the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal bench in March, Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Tiffany Chase is vying for another open spot there in the Oct. 14 election.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
New Orleans Bar Association members gave overwhelming support to two candidates running for seats on the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and Orleans Parish Civil District Court, according to a press release issued Thursday.
In a dramatic about-face, the key witness against a man accused of shooting into a crowd on Frenchmen Street in 2014 decided to talk on Thursday.
Two men convicted last week of killing a Harvey man during a string of armed robberies in late 2015 were sentenced Thursday. Corey Flag received life in prison without parole plus 167 years, while Emmett Garrison IV was given 197 years.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday returned charges of murder against two men accused of participating in the fatal shootings nine years earlier of a couple who went to a 7th Ward "chop shop" during a payment dispute and whose bodies later t…
An Orleans Parish grand jury handed up murder charges Thursday against the two men who have been accused of killing the Carrollton-bred rapper known as BTY Young'N.
A New Orleans grand jury handed down sweeping indictments this week against nine alleged members of a gang called the "Flatliners," with some of the charges related to the recent shooting of an off-duty police officer.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A Gretna man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography.
A man charged with killing his stepdaughter in Kenner and then dumping her body in a St. Rose drainage ditch last year has made the unusual decision to be tried solely by a judge rather than a 12-person jury.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A 26-year-old Slidell man was found guilty by a jury in 22nd Judicial District Court last week of molestation of a juvenile, according to District Attorney Warren Montgomery.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
More than five years after a witness in a Medicare fraud case was gunned down in Gentilly, federal prosecutors have charged the man against whom he was supposed to testify of involvement in a murder-for-hire plot.
Federal prosecutors intend to file additional charges within the next couple of weeks against Craig Taffaro, the former chief deputy of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and business partner of recently retired Sheriff Newell Normand, accordin…
Monday, September 11, 2017
A familiar face will head the table on Friday when a new state task force convenes in Baton Rouge to begin work on creating a "felony class system," with the goal of making prison sentences and releases more consistent and transparent across the s…
Sunday, September 10, 2017
San Juan County consists of five million acres of high desert in southeastern Utah, an arid, mountainous environment where the key crops are alfalfa, pinto beans and hard winter wheat.
Friday, September 08, 2017
A Jefferson Parish jury Friday night convicted two West Bank men of second-degree murder and a host of other charges stemming from an armed robbery spree in late 2015.
Rejecting claims of a tainted police investigation, the same judge who sentenced Duvander Hurst to life in prison for shooting a teenager outside the Superdome in 1999 refused Friday to grant him a new trial.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
In the latest salvo in his long-running dispute with the city over funding for his office, Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell said Thursday that he is once again cutting back the hours in his office that processes bail bonds.
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday charged an Avondale man with first-degree murder for allegedly gunning down a couple in their Kenner bedroom last year, effectively overriding a previous indictment on second-degree murder that was handed …
The man accused of drunkenly plowing into a crowd of Carnival revelers during this year's Endymion parade pleaded guilty Thursday to a slew of relatively minor crimes stemming from the incident, clearing the way for a trial or plea deal on more se…
Nearly every bail bond company operating in New Orleans routinely charges illegally high rates to cut criminal suspects loose from jail, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Louisiana Department of Insurance.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
A state judge sentenced a man convicted in the infamous 2014 killings of a Reserve couple to a life sentence plus 60 years in prison on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Arthur “Archie” Kaufman may have organized the cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings in 2005, but New Orleans prosecutors insist he conducted a solid investigation into the killing of a teenager six years earlier outside the Superdome.
Bruce Lutcher’s final moments were captured in a voicemail recording as he was shot to death in the stairwell leading up to his Harvey apartment in November 2015, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday as the trial of Cory Flag and Emmett Garrison IV g…
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
New Orleans is facing a new challenge to its longtime habit of letting unpaid bills pile up from legal settlements and judgments, a practice that's been allowed to continue under a widely accepted interpretation of state law.
The attorney for the Metairie man whose infant daughter died after he left her in a car for several hours last week said he hopes prosecutors decide not to pursue charges against his client, describing the case as a heartbreaking mishap but not a crime.
An Orleans Parish judge sentenced a man to 40 years in prison Tuesday after he made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the fatal shooting of a man in New Orleans East.
Monday, September 04, 2017
An Orleans Parish judge has ruled that New Orleans cab drivers can't sue to force Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration to enforce the city's taxicab inspection requirements against drivers for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Jefferson Parish prosecutors have pushed hard in some recent high-profile cases to keep a tight clamp on evidence they turn over to defense attorneys.
A Jefferson Parish woman says a concert by famed shock rocker Alice Cooper last year got a little too shocking when a band member’s flying drumstick left her with “serious injuries.”
The state Judiciary Commission is investigating at least two complaints filed in recent weeks against an Orleans Parish judge, one involving an allegation that he groped a female clerk who works for another judge and a second involving allegedly o…
Thursday, August 31, 2017
In a case that hinged on the testimony of an Instagram model turned state’s witness, an Orleans Parish Criminal District Court jury on Thursday convicted a man accused in the sordid drowning deaths of a husband and wife in the Gulf Intracoastal Wa…
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced three defendants who have pleaded guilty to roles in a wide-ranging Medicare fraud indictment that ensnared two former Zulu Carnival queens.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
A Marrero man who was shot in the face by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy after their struggle caused the deputy to fall underneath a moving vehicle was sentenced to four years in prison last week.
Monday, August 28, 2017
New Orleans prosecutors late last week filed a charge of negligent homicide against a 21-year-old man accused of accidentally shooting a recent De La Salle graduate some three months earlier.
A Ponchatoula man who is accused of abusing at least five juveniles from 2012 to 2016 was indicted by a St. Tammany Parish grand jury last week on a spate of charges, according to 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office.
The star witness against a man accused in the grisly killing of a Reserve couple returned to the stand Monday in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, a day after an appeals court ruled that the trial judge made a mistake when he declared a mistrial.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
EVERGREEN — The suspicions about arson and murder mounted from the morning Evergreen Police Chief Charles Mayeux's house burned to the ground.
A federal judge has rejected a New Orleans businessman’s long-shot bid to force reconsideration of the enviable deal prosecutors gave to a crucial witness in their corruption case against former Mayor Ray Nagin.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Horatio Johnson was on parole for a prior killing when he was arrested in 2014 in connection with the grisly double homicide of a Reserve couple whose bodies were found in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
A 61-year-old Mississippi man accused of raping an 8-year-old girl was indicted by a St. Tammany Parish grand jury Thursday on a charge of first degree rape of a victim under 13.
Rufus Johnson, the unlicensed New Orleans bail bondsman who abruptly pleaded guilty in the middle of an April trial over a bond-rigging conspiracy involving payoffs to Orleans Parish court clerks, was sentenced Friday to serve more than six years …