Louisiana's "stand your ground" law isn't going anywhere, although it evidently was a big factor in the initial decision not to book Ronald Gasser for killing Joe McKnight.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Although the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to take up the vast majority of cases, there are hopes that its fancy will be tickled by one that involves salmon stuffed to their gills with dope.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Perhaps you think that a bonfire of punk rock memorabilia on a barge on the River Thames is of no moment in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Chalk up another one for the trial lawyers looking for a bonanza from the oil and gas companies responsible for environmental pollution and the disappearing wetlands.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Iberia Sheriff Louis Ackal received this ringing endorsement last week after beating federal charges of inciting or turning a blind eye to the abuse of suspects and jail inmates.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Thursday, November 03, 2016
After the lawsuit was filed, a trial was scheduled for 2009, but it was called off while an army of attorneys haggled before the judges of four different courts.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
No sooner had Advocate writers dismissed Louisiana's U.S. Senate race as “sleepy” and “boring” than the Democratic and Republican parties put aside their differences and commenced singing about it from the same hymn sheet.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The prevention of inmate suicides was one of the major challenges identified by Gary Maynard when he was chosen to show Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman how to run a prison.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Whether or not Burl Cain enjoys swimming, he evidently never thought of taking a dip in the employee pool when he ran the state pen at Angola.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Following the death of Mike VI, PETA has renewed its demand that LSU quit using tigers as mascots for its football team, but evidently this view is not limited to the animal-rights nutters.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Mike Yenni concluded his confessional TV commercial by declaring himself “smart enough to never repeat the past.”
Sunday, October 09, 2016
In overturning his bribery conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court did not declare former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell innocent of the charges against him, or deny that he was a sleazebag.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Given that jail conditions were so dangerous there that the feds had to move in, New Orleans has to get the vote as the worst place to be arrested in Louisiana over the last few years.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
When he was a congressman, Jeff Landry got his picture all over the media by holding up a “Drilling = Jobs” sign during President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session in the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Democrats are given a decent chance of regaining control of the U.S. Senate this year, and they might logically expect Louisiana help them do it.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The latest statistics from the New Orleans criminal courts will revive the vexed question of whether black people are more likely to commit crime than white people.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Fakers are no doubt always to be found among the politicians who flock to prayer breakfasts. You wanna win an American election, you declare yourself a Christian, whether it is true or not.
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cops have always relied on stoolpigeons, sometimes slipping them a few bucks for a good tip, but now they have found an ingenious way to cut their costs.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
It took a little while, but in the end President Barack Obama handled the great Louisiana flood quite deftly, his visit this week leaving victims convinced that he really does care and will work on providing maximum relief.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
During the regular legislative session of 2014, State Sen. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, decided to take the lead in tackling domestic violence.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
From the start, the litigation over death row climate control has resembled a production from a theater of the absurd, but its entertainment value is finally exhausted.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The gun Gavin Long used to kill three Baton Rouge police officers, and wound three more, is “the ultimate weapon of the 21st century,” its manufacturer boasts.
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
It's been seven years since Rebecca Mayeux filed suit against her parish priest and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, but the case has gotten nowhere as the courts mulled the competing claims of state and church law.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Unless your social life is woefully one-dimensional, or you work for the New Orleans City Planning Commission, you are highly unlikely to have visited all of the city's strip joints.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The junior senator from Louisiana had become such a frequent visitor to the Oval Office that his counsel was obviously much valued.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
It's now more than three years since three death-row inmates filed suit, claiming that the summer heat put them at risk of “permanent injury, and even death.”
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Reports that Hollywood South has gone south are premature, because the state is still obliged to hand $180 million a year in subsidies to movie makers.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Louisiana's answer to the snail darter is the dusky gopher frog; in fact, when it comes to highly obscure and endangered critters that get in the way, we've got Tennessee beat.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
The press has moved on from that goofy DA who refused to file charges against two stoners found with guns in their car. Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones were deemed worthy of a pass because they play for the Crimson Tide.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
It is not in the nature of politicians to be humble, but, even by their standards, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is remarkably cocky.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
In light of negative fan reaction, LSU has abandoned a new policy that banned visiting bands from the football field at halftime.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
“Vote for the man the politicians hate” might be a catchy campaign slogan, and Neil Abramson will be entitled to use it if he runs for the state Senate.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Because marijuana possession remains illegal under federal law, Louisiana legislators adopted a linguistic subterfuge when authorizing its use for medical purposes.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Whatever happens to a bill requiring Louisiana schoolchildren to recite part of the Declaration of Independence every day, they soon will be able to read it in manuscript.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
When the great hoosegow hearing resumes Monday, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will be ready to argue that he should not have the keys taken away from him.