When Jody Bourque was sentenced to 18 years in prison in November 2016, Mary Ann Garrick told him she forgave him for causing the crash that left her body broken and killed her sister-in-law, Germaine Garrick.
When a New Orleans jury voted 10-2 to convict Charles Monroe of murder after less than an hour of deliberation late Tuesday, his defense attorney quickly moved for a mistrial on what was likely a first-of-its-kind argument.
Five former University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball players are asking to join a 2018 lawsuit their former coach filed against the university and its representatives.
When Maegan Adkins-Barras watched a video of a fight that happened at Acadiana High School, she instantly felt sick to her stomach.
An attorney for a Lafayette millionaire businessman accused of hiring two men in 2017 to kidnap his estranged wife is seeking to delay his trial.
A Lafayette woman arrested Feb. 12 in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution was indicted Friday for human trafficking and pandering.
Two Waitr drivers filed a federal lawsuit alleging the food delivery app company violated federal labor laws by not paying them minimum wage and overtime.
The Lafayette death penalty trial of a man accused of raping, beating and murdering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in 2012 has been delayed again.
Derrick Sellers gets Botox injections in his scalp and wears specially tinted glasses to dull the insufferable glare of a normal day.
A state district judge in Baton Rouge sided with The Advocate on Wednesday and ordered State Police to hand over body-camera footage recording a November traffic stop where a trooper stopped an off-duty New Orleans police officer.
The Acadiana High School mother who posted a video of a fight last week on the school's campus won't be prosecuted, Keith Stutes, district attorney for the 15th Judicial District, said Tuesday.
A former SMILE employee who previously sued for overtime pay filed another federal lawsuit in January alleging sexual harassment by former SMILE CEO Chris Williams.
When Louisiana voters jettisoned a 120-year relic of the Jim Crow era by voting in November to require unanimous jury verdicts in serious felony trials, they went where courts have long refused to tread.
WASHINGTON — Three Louisianans tapped by President Donald Trump for federal judicial posts cleared a key U.S. Senate committee on Thursday, leaving them one step away from confirmation.
A state judge had advanced a class-action lawsuit alleging the state violates poor defendants' constitutional rights, setting up for trial a case that could upend Louisiana's struggling public defense system.
A 51-year-old Baton Rouge woman pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the 2015 poisoning death of her live-in boyfriend, and her new attorney wasted no time trying to change the narrative authorities have put forth.
Five years after making a claim of gender discrimination against the Baton Rouge City Constable's office, Terrica Williams returns to the agency on Wednesday as the first woman in city history to lead the office.
St. Martinville is joining other Louisiana jurisdictions in suing drug manufacturers and distributors in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Louisiana's use of the death penalty has reached record lows in recent years amid ongoing debate — both statewide and across the country — about the potential for grave and irreversible errors when allowing state executions.
A campaign of violence meted out by a squad of Iberia Parish drug deputies landed many of them in the federal pen and left the fate of Sheriff Louis Ackal in the hands of a jury, which acquitted him on civil rights charges.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana can enforce an age minimum of 21 for erotic dancers in bars and nightclubs, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday, reversing an earlier decision and rejecting the argument that state law is too vague about how muc…
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.
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.
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…
A Lafayette businessman serving a federal prison sentence for mail fraud faces new charges in a separate alleged scheme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Trial is set for October for a St. Martin Parish priest accused of possessing child pornography, KATC-TV is reporting.
Three members of the white supremacist Aryan Circle group pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria in the death of an Evangeline Parish man.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…