An Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge sentenced two co-defendants of convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper on state charges Thursday, marking the likely end of their cases.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick will seek the death penalty against Joshua Every for the stabbing death of a the young woman who managed the Raising Cane's chicken restaurant that Every and three accomplices allegedly robbed in June.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit in which a transgender inmate says she was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail is expected to go to trial in June.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
A multimillion-dollar legal dispute between an acclaimed New Orleans breast surgeon and his former friend and business partner — each of whom faces unrelated criminal charges in Orleans Parish — is getting ugly.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Chad Scott, an agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was stripped of his badge this year, faces new allegations of misconduct, with a New Orleans defense attorney this week accusing him of manipulating and feeding a "false story l…
A Bourbon Street bouncer was convicted of second-degree battery after punching a tourist in the face, breaking his jaw.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The suicide of the youngest inmate at the Orleans Parish jail was caught on surveillance video, an attorney for the Sheriff’s Office said at a City Council hearing Tuesday.
Dexter Allen struck a meek pose during his recent trial, which ended on Oct. 17 with his conviction for killing a father and son inside their Metairie home in April 2015. He rarely spoke and declined to testify in his own defense.
An unlicensed bus driver who authorities say was in the U.S. illegally pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of negligent homicide related to an Aug. 28 crash on Interstate 10 near LaPlace that killed three people and injured dozens.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Wearing a white button-down shirt and khaki pants, 20-year-old Jacob Middleton Jr. stood nervously Monday and addressed prospective jurors.
Euric Cain, the man who committed a harrowing crime spree last year that included the shooting of a Tulane University medical student and the carjacking and rape of a couple, accepted a plea agreement Monday that will send him to prison for the ne…
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office is pushing to settle a raft of long-standing civil rights claims against the city in federal lawsuits filed over a pair of notorious episodes of police violence in the days after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
A unanimous Louisiana Supreme Court ruled this week that a 99-year sentence without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional for juvenile offenders — eliminating what the court described as "a perverse incentive to kill one's victims."
Three years after they served up their female friends to be raped by Darren Sharper while disabled by drugs, two co-defendants of the retired NFL star publicly apologized for the first time Thursday at a packed federal sentencing hearing.
The lawsuit over the planned redevelopment of New Orleans’ World Trade Center building, which took a strange turn last week when the head of the company contesting the contract stepped down and its attorneys sought to jump ship, will head to trial…
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The unlicensed bus driver involved in an August accident that killed three people and injured dozens more has been indicted on three counts of negligent homicide, The Associated Press reported.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two co-defendants in the drug and rape case that brought down one-time NFL star Darren Sharper were formally sentenced Thursday to lengthy prison terms — after hearing blistering condemnations from two of their victims in op…
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Kenner employee who claimed the city fired him in retaliation for his blowing the whistle on a co-worker's misconduct and associating with a man whom then-Mayor Mike Yenni does not like.
Even after a year of living and breathing the case, a prosecutor said in court Monday, she was still no closer to understanding why Dexter Allen — found guilty of two murders a short time later Monday by a unanimous jury — killed a father and son …
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Federal officials have not established any connection between the recent slayings of two New Orleans men and their earlier testimony against local hit man Walter "Urkel" Porter, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said Friday.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Testimony on the fourth day of the trial over the murders of David Pence and his son Nicholas in their Metairie home last year turned to the dramatic pursuit of the two suspects charged in the killings.
The man charged with fatally shooting Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy David F. Michel Jr. claims he cannot receive a fair trial in Jefferson.
The lawsuit that has held up redevelopment of the old World Trade Center building in New Orleans for more than a year has taken a bizarre turn, with the head of the company that filed the suit abruptly stepping aside and his former legal team aski…
Five men pleaded guilty Friday and accepted prison terms ranging from one to 11 years in connection with a November mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans that left 17 people wounded.
Euric Cain, the New Orleans man accused of shooting a Tulane University medical student, then abducting and raping a couple less than a day later, rejected an offer Friday to plead guilty and accept a 50-year prison term.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Elizabeth Pence and her husband David uncorked a bottle of wine when she got home to Metairie on April 22, 2015. Even before she heard that her 25-year-old son had just picked out a condo to buy, she was giddy about her own promotion at work.
A commission of judges that was set up to raise millions of dollars for a new civil courthouse in New Orleans reneged on a deal with a developer last year amid a political power struggle involving Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office, according to a fede…
In a rare move, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick said Thursday that his office will seek the death penalty against Jerman Neveaux, the 19-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of Sheriff's Office Deputy David F. Michel Jr. in June.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Nov. 7 trial date has been set for the last remaining defendant among a group of former police officers charged in connection with deadly shootings at New Orleans' Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
It was a vicious crime, a double murder committed with a shotgun on a quiet suburban block. And a trial is now underway for the alleged killer.
A Slidell police detective is under investigation after prosecutors say he failed to disclose a sexual relationship he had with a woman who was a witness in a case the detective was investigating and that he then continued to communicate with the …
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has officially revived a civil lawsuit against New Orleans officials over the death of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer — and whose body was burned — after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
City attorneys told a judge Tuesday that Arthur Morrell, the clerk of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, has waited too long to request more money for several recent years in which he claims Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration shortchanged …
Update, 9 a.m.: It took until just after midnight, but 12 jurors and two alternates were selected in the Dexter Allen trial. The marathon 13 hour session consisted of five panels of prospective jurors.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Sunday, October 09, 2016
A federal judge in New Orleans is poised to throw out the murder conviction of a 67-year-old life prisoner in the grisly stabbing of a newspaper employee during a sexual liaison more than three decades ago.
Disgraced former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has found new fuel for a bid to overturn his conviction and 13-year federal prison sentence in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sets narrow limits on what can be considered an "official act" in p…
Friday, October 07, 2016
The Louisiana State Police routinely harass and use excessive force against black people in the French Quarter, a civil rights law firm alleged Friday in a lawsuit, citing what it called the "unconstitutional and baseless" arrest last year of a yo…
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office agreed Friday to delay a trial for two men who were charged with perjury last year after they recanted their identifications of Jerome Morgan as the shooter in a 1993 killing, pending a mee…
Thursday, October 06, 2016
The FBI has suspended a New Orleans-based special agent who sent an unusual letter to a federal judge criticizing the way the U.S. Justice Department prosecuted Harry Morel, the former longtime St. Charles Parish district attorney accused of tradi…
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell has opened a new front in a years-old budget battle, claiming Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration continues to shortchange his office hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in viola…
Walter Reed wasn't allowed to present critical testimony on state campaign finance law during his federal corruption trial, his attorney argued in a hearing Wednesday, saying that is just one of several issues that should entitle him to a new trial.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
In a win for Louisiana’s adult entertainment industry, a federal judge has ruled that Louisiana cannot enforce a new law banning strip club performers younger than 21 until the courts have ruled on a challenge to the statute brought by a group of …
Federal authorities have brought additional drug charges against one of the half-dozen men indicted last month in connection with a cigarette smuggling ring that allegedly relied upon the help of three local law enforcement officers.
Walter Reed's defense team has been arguing for months that his May conviction on federal corruption charges should be thrown out, filing hundreds of pages of legal arguments to shore up their contention that the government overreached in prosecut…