The state Supreme Court has ordered the permanent disbarment of a Mamou attorney after he allegedly skimmed $76,000 off his client’s settlement in the Deepwater Horizon case, KATC-TV is reporting.
Monday, November 05, 2018
A former St. Martinville Police Department officer was found guilty Monday on a civil rights violation of using excessive force and three counts of obstruction and conspiracy to cover up the incident, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Less than a month before Louisiana voters weigh in on the future of the state’s unusual split-jury law, a Sabine Parish judge has issued a sweeping decision that declares the law was crafted with racist intent, continues to have a discriminatory i…
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A Lafayette businessman serving a federal prison sentence for mail fraud faces new charges in a separate alleged scheme.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — Lafayette attorney Michael Juneau will take a lifelong seat as a federal district judge in Louisiana after the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on Thursday.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Four Breaux Bridge family members, two of them attorneys, are facing multiple fraud and conspiracy counts after a lengthy investigation revealed they were involved in a conspiracy to embezzle money, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
WASHINGTON — Prominent Lafayette lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Donald Washington is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Marshals Service, the White House announced.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Six employees of Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s office have now testified they were on public time when they participated in political activities with the marshal.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The lead prosecutor in the trial of Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope argued the city marshal "got caught in a lie," but the defense attorney insisted during the opening statements Thursday that his client is not guilty.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s felony trial on charges he used his position and public money for political purposes, and then lied about it while under oath.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — Current Lafayette federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Summerhays was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a lifetime federal district court judgeship on Thursday.
Friday, August 31, 2018
A federal magistrate judge in Lafayette on Friday denied a request by The Advocate and television partner KATC to unseal the amount that Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal’s office agreed to pay the minor child of a man who was fatally shot while h…
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
A judge has reset the clock for Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope to complete 173 hours of community service, although the marshal will still face jail time should he fail to finish the work within two years.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — Attorney Barry Ashe is headed for a lifelong job as a federal district judge in New Orleans after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to the post on Tuesday.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Trial is set for October for a St. Martin Parish priest accused of possessing child pornography, KATC-TV is reporting.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Three members of the white supremacist Aryan Circle group pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria in the death of an Evangeline Parish man.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Mark Knight, the former chief executive of a Lafayette oilfield services company, pleaded no contest Monday to corrupt influencing and public bribery as part of a scheme to set up his brother in a phony 2014 drug bust.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope should not have been given a jail sentence for failing to follow a judge's orders about community service, an appeals court has ruled.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
A Youngsville woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years and nine months in prison for stealing nearly $200,000 from a breast cancer center where she had worked as its business manager.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
A federal jury decided Monday in favor of a former Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner in a lawsuit that alleged he unfairly fired a former employee of the state agency.
LAFAYETTE — Ian Howard's defense attorneys are investigating whether he'll plead not guilty by reason of insanity in his attempted murder case, a trio of charges that stem from the night he's also accused of shooting and killing a Lafayette police…
Monday, August 06, 2018
A Louisiana law that makes it a crime to threaten a public official is overly broad and thus unconstitutional, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
As "Sugartown" opens, the camera pans across acres and acres of Iberia Parish cane fields, but this is no sweet story.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Manual strangulation was the primary cause of death of Armando Frank, the 44-year-old Marksville man who died during an October 2017 struggle with Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s deputies and a Marksville police officer, according to a forensic patholo…
Thursday, July 26, 2018
A 15th Judicial District judge on Thursday denied Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s longshot motion to dismiss the criminal indictment against him.
A federal judge in Lafayette said Thursday he’s inclined to order public release of the amount Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal’s office agreed to pay this year to the young child of a man who was killed while handcuffed in the back seat of a pat…
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A federal magistrate judge on Thursday will weigh a bid by The Advocate and its TV partner KATC to make public the terms of a recent payout to settle the case of a man who was shot dead in 2014 while handcuffed in the back seat of an Iberia Parish…
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A state-of-the-art juvenile prison in Avoyelles Parish has finally received state funding to open its doors — a long-awaited milestone for a Louisiana juvenile justice system that has seen crippling budget cuts and a rash of inmate escapes.
Monday, July 09, 2018
The ex-wife and co-defendant of former Louisiana prison warden Nate Cain pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the federal corruption case in which Cain and she are charged, according to court records.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
A federal appeals court judge with New Orleans roots is among President Donald Trump's top three choices to fill the seat on the Supreme Court bench left vacant by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to a person familiar with Trump's think…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The ex-wife and co-defendant of former Louisiana prison warden Nate Cain intends to plead guilty in the federal corruption case in which the two are charged, court records indicate.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Greg Guidry is the White House's choice to fill a vacant federal judgeship in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, two sources with knowledge of the appointment proce…
Monday, June 18, 2018
The criminal case against former prison warden Nate Cain and his ex-wife will move forward after a federal judge denied their request to suppress evidence key to their indictments for improper purchases on the Avoyelles prison's dime.
Friday, June 08, 2018
A state grand jury on Friday indicted Iberia Parish Clerk of Court Michael Thibodeaux on 14 corruption-related counts, including racketeering, theft, malfeasance, falsifying public records and perjury.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with law enforcement authorities in Ville Platte intended to end their unconstitutional practice of jailing witnesses to coerce them into cooperating with the police.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to propose property tax increases on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
A state appellate court refused on Wednesday to reconsider its April ruling upholding the legality of a 1976 Louisiana law that bars felons on probation and parole from voting.
WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt of New Orleans is officially getting a promotion to the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Monday, May 07, 2018
A Louisiana judge has awarded a woman and two of her children more than $41,000 after hearing testimony that sheriff's deputies used excessive force on her when she was pregnant, shouted racial slurs and erased a cellphone video of the confrontation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Lafayette Parish courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after a 911 text message threatened the District Attorney’s Office, along with other courthouse personnel, and mentioned the possibility of explosives in the building.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Stuart Kyle Duncan to a lifetime New Orleans-based seat on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, overcoming objections from Democrats and liberal groups.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Wilfred Moliere feels somewhat vindicated now. But he recalls the isolation he felt two decades ago inside a Jefferson Parish jury room, where his doubts about the murder case against Travis Hayes were met with silence from other jurors.
On the Louisiana Senate floor this month, one lawmaker shared a dirty little secret about a calculation some prosecutors make when deciding what charges to level against a felony suspect.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter’s long and outspoken advocacy for outlawing abortion made her one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial picks for a federal district court judgeship. Kyle Duncan’s record of battling all the way to the Supreme Co…
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A former Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola guard convicted of covering up an inmate beating will be retried on a federal charge of beating the handcuffed and shackled prisoner during the brutal 2014 assault.