A failed lawsuit that challenged a Lafayette Parish Home Rule Charter amendment and threatened to derail the Oct. 12 city council elections cost taxpayers more than $117,000 to defend against.
WASHINGTON — A controversial nominee for a life-time judicial appointment drew the ire of U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and other Judiciary Committee members on Wednesday after he repeatedly refused to answer specific questions during his confirmation hearing.
Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope's two remaining malfeasance cases will be consolidated into a single criminal case set to go to trial in December.
Brian Pope, the suspended Lafayette city marshal and convicted felon, will appear in court this week for a hearing in one of two remaining criminal cases pending against him.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal is at the center of another lawsuit — this time for allegedly rescinding a job offer after learning the deputy applicant is HIV positive.
As the Lafayette City-Parish Council considers its final budget before disbanding next year, council members are hearing a familiar story when it comes finding money for jailhouse services.
A Lafayette public defender was found in contempt of court Friday after filming a bailiff duct taping a defendant during a sentencing hearing July 18.
A man had his mouth taped shut on order from 15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle after repeated interruptions during a hearing July 18 in Lafayette.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A civil rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices as discriminatory against African American voters.
Decades before she became known as "Mama Glo" at Louisiana's women's prison for her mentorship of young and often wayward inmates, Gloria Williams escaped from her lifelong incarceration three times, and attempted at least once more.
A Baton Rouge federal judge is being asked to rethink his dismissal of a major portion of a decade-old class-action lawsuit by local victims of former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford's massive Ponzi scheme.
A grand jury Thursday indicted a Louisiana man in connection with the March 26 death of his 2-month-old daughter, whose twin brother also was injured.
Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against a former LSU student accused in the 2017 hazing death of Phi Delta Theta pledge Max Gruver after a toxicologist testified Gruver was a “walking dead man” by the end of that ill-fated night with a blood…
Kevin Daigle was found guilty Tuesday of the first-degree murder of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent, who was shot and killed in 2015 when he stopped to help Daigle on the side of the road.
Two former members of LSU’s now-banned Phi Delta Theta chapter testified Tuesday they saw an obnoxiously loud Matthew Naquin hand Max Gruver a bottle of 190-proof liquor and order him to chug from it the night the 18-year-old pledge died of alcoho…
The Louisiana Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to review lower court rulings in a lawsuit over how to correct Lafayette City Council district errors, clearing the way for fall council elections.
Approximately 12,000 people in the Greater Lafayette area who haven't been able to vote for years because of criminal convictions may be eligible to vote Oct. 12.
Five hundred Lafayette Parish residents reported to the parish courthouse Friday, part of the jury pool for the capital murder trial of a Calcasieu Parish man accused in the 2015 shooting death of Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Steven Vincent.
Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope is appealing his one-year jail sentence and wants to remain free on bond while his appeal is heard.
A St. Landry Parish man's vehicular homicide convictions in a horrific alcohol- and road rage-related crash that killed five Ascension Parish residents have been reinstated by Louisiana’s highest court.
Keith Stutes, district attorney for the 15th Judicial District that includes Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion parishes, does not plan to seek re-election in 2020.
Attorneys for Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and a Lafayette businessman filed a request Wednesday for the Louisiana Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit over whether the Lafayette City-Parish Council can correct errors in new city council di…
Five Lafayette Parish residents and several others from Acadiana were arrested in a statewide child pornography bust, one of them charged with 100 counts of possession of child porn.
Lafayette city-parish official Marcus Bruno has paid off a controversial, federally funded personal business loan he received in 2016, less than one year after Mayor-President Joel Robideaux took office with Bruno serving as Robideaux’s government…
The state Capital Outlay Budget passed by the legislature contains more than $24 million in projects for Lafayette Parish communities and agencies.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Friday afternoon in favor of the Lafayette City-Parish Council in a lawsuit stemming from a Dec. 8 Home Rule Charter election.
Convicted Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope may not see the inside of a jail cell anytime soon, even though he was sentenced Wednesday to a year in the parish jail.
LAKE CHARLES — A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday heard arguments about whether a public referendum is needed to correct new Lafayette council district boundary errors, but did not render a decision.
Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope on Wednesday was sentenced to one year in jail on three felony malfeasance convictions, nearly nine months after a jury delivered the guilty verdicts. Judge David Smith of the 15th Judicial District reve…
Brandon Scott Lavergne, who is serving two life sentences in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the murders of Mickey Shunick of Lafayette and Lisa Pate, cannot appeal his conviction and sentence, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
An appeals court is scheduled Wednesday to hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging whether errors in new city of Lafayette council district boundary descriptions can be corrected without another home rule charter vote.
Candidates for the new Lafayette City Council are being hindered from campaigning because the Louisiana Secretary of State Office will not release lists of registered voters in the five new City Council districts despite a judge's order to make th…
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin wants a district judge to reconsider his decision allowing corrections to new city and parish council district descriptions and allowing candidates to qualify for those council seats while an appeal is pending.
Iberia Parish Clerk of Court Michael Thibodeaux was convicted Tuesday of 14 corruption-related charges stemming from allegations he stole advance deposit funds, gave false testimony and filed or maintained false public records.
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin on Friday filed a petition appealing a district judge's ruling that says the Lafayette City-Parish Council may correct errors in new council district boundaries with an ordinance instead of a vote of constituents.
An appeal has been filed challenging a judge's ruling that errors with new city of Lafayette and parish of Lafayette council districts can be corrected with a City-Parish Council ordinance.
A Lafayette man who is a convicted felon pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic pistol, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lafayette.
A Lafayette woman accused of killing her 2-month-old daughter is requesting bail after spending more than a month in jail without action on her case. Public defenders say they're too busy to help, particularly because she'll need specialized assis…
Nearly two years after the disappearance of Jacquelyn "Daisy Lynn" Landry, the trial of the man accused of her homicide was delayed Monday as a new witness was recently located.
An appeal is likely over a judge's decision Wednesday that errors with new Lafayette City Council district boundaries can be corrected without a vote of the people.
A 6-year-old lawsuit that claims high heat indexes on Louisiana's death row subjects three ailing condemned killers to cruel and unusual punishment, and leaves them at risk of serious illness or even death, has been conditionally dismissed by a fe…
The St. Martin Parish Council will appeal a recent court ruling that favored a business owner operating at Lake Martin.
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is asking a judge to halt fall elections for the new city and parish councils and throw out all or part of a Dec. 8 voter-approved Lafayette Parish charter amendment.
A former Louisiana State Police trooper was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a scheme in which the former head of Knight Oil Tools tried to frame his brother on drug charges to gain control of the company