With a cameo in a Drake music video and a new album out, New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia is having a big moment right now.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
An Orleans Parish judge on Monday handed a 30-year prison sentence to a New Orleans woman convicted in the deadly shooting of a Denham Springs woman in July 2016.
A murder suspect whose premature release from jail sparked a blame game between Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and a court official has surrendered himself.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board for damage caused by last year's Aug. 5 flood.
Months after a judge ruled in favor of a small group of homeowners who said construction of a mammoth drainage project in Uptown New Orleans had caused major damage to their houses, hundreds of more cases continue to remain in limbo.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Federal judges delivered a one-two gut punch to the New Orleans criminal court system this month, declaring that judges have an inherent conflict of interest both when they set bail amounts and when they impose court fees that pad their budgets.
Friday, August 10, 2018
A St. Bernard Parish murder case may be the first in which prosecutors are arguing that taunting someone by text message can be enough to erase your presumed right to kill an intruder under Louisiana's "stand your ground" law.
A federal judge in New Orleans went out on a limb two years ago, surprising many legal observers when he sentenced Hollywood producer Peter Hoffman to probation over a scheme to bilk Louisiana’s film tax credit program.
A Jefferson Parish jury found Darren Lloyd, 21, not guilty of second-degree murder Thursday night, taking four hours to reject the state's case that he killed a French Quarter restaurant worker found shot to death in Metairie in January 2016.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
A man accused of murder after a Mother’s Day second-line parade in New Orleans was on the loose Thursday, and officials in the city’s criminal justice system were pointing fingers at one another about why he was let out of jail weeks ahead of schedule.
Gavonte Lampkin already had been targeted twice in shootings blamed on the same man when his burned corpse turned up in the middle of a brush fire in Algiers last month, along with that of a 20-year-old woman.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The stage is set for a man who was sentenced to death for the 1995 slaying of a cab driver in Metairie to receive a new trial later this year.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The Jefferson Parish Correctional Center was already on notice about a deadly risk to inmates when a man committed suicide there last year, a new lawsuit alleges.
Allen Joseph, a Metairie coach who authorities say gave alcohol to minors at his home and “spooned” with intoxicated boys in his bed, has been charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
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.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
A federal judge has dealt a major setback to a lawsuit filed by residents of St. John the Baptist Parish against the chemical company Denka Performance Elastomer, ordering that they must submit new evidence by Thursday that Denka’s emission of the…
Corey Price was driving to his job as a security guard at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome a year ago when he was pulled over by a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police officer who arrested him for DWI, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week.
A Jefferson Parish magistrate commissioner found probable cause Tuesday to hold Shantel Parria-Smith in jail while she awaits possible charges stemming from the death of her husband, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office sergeant who died in June fr…
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.
A New Orleans judge made the dramatic decision Friday to release grand jury transcripts to defense attorneys in a contentious gang murder case, only to be blocked by a state appeals court within hours.
Days after a federal judge ruled that the fines and fees system at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court is unconstitutional, a second judge has issued a similar ruling against Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell.
Jefferson Parish government has paid $20,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed that his free-speech rights were violated when he was kicked out of a Parish Council meeting in September 2013.
A Lower 9th Ward man accused of shooting and permanently incapacitating a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy during an early-morning raid in New Orleans in 2016 has pleaded guilty in exchange for an offer of a 35-year sentence.
When their developmentally disabled son repeatedly came home from his Covington Elementary School kindergarten class with scratches, bruises and bite marks, Kathleen and Nathan Cannino put a recording device in his shirt, according to a lawsuit fi…
A former Baton Rouge assistant principal accused of killing a pregnant colleague and their unborn child in 2016 has been given two months to hire another lawyer after his original attorney was suspended by the state's highest court.
A former track team athlete at Southern University in New Orleans took part in a telephone lottery scam that preyed on the elderly, federal prosecutors said in an indictment filed Friday.
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Friday, August 03, 2018
The man choked to death by deputies last year after he refused to dismount a tractor in Marksville had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia nearly five years before his death and had a history of run-ins with the authorities in Avoyelles Par…
Everyone who owes fines and fees from criminal convictions in Orleans Parish must have the chance to plead poverty in a "neutral forum" before landing in jail for failing to pay, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Darren Sharper, the former New Orleans Saints star who admitted to spending his early retirement drugging and raping women in four states, is asking a federal judge to vacate his guilty plea and 19-year prison sentence.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
A New Orleans man has admitted to committing four murders in and around the city, including the killing of a 7-month-old boy and his father in a gang-related drive-by shooting in Algiers.
A federal judge has swatted away former DEA agent Chad Scott's motions to have the case against him and a co-defendant dismissed and to force prosecutors to provide more details about the charges against him.
A Jefferson Parish judge declared a mistrial in the triple-murder case against Corey Woods after a juror failed to report Wednesday for the second day of the trial. No alternates had been selected to take his place.
The man charged with fatally shooting Lee “Big Lee” Martin, the tow-truck company owner known for the ostentatious LSU-themed decorations at his home in Metairie, has posted $500,000 bail to get out of jail while he awaits trial.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Michael Gaines could never understand why an Orleans Parish judge sentenced his younger brother to a life sentence for nonviolent drug crimes.
Opening arguments began Tuesday in the trial of Corey Woods, who is accused of shooting a childhood friend and two young women in Metairie last year.
A rogue’s gallery of cooperating witnesses failed to convince a New Orleans jury that a young man took part in a Gentilly killing later linked to the notorious Uptown restaurant robberies.
Monday, July 30, 2018
No one disputes the unsavory past of the prosecution’s witnesses in the murder trial of Rolandus “Ro” Campbell. One man gunned down two brothers in New Orleans East. Two others barged into Uptown restaurants to relieve diners of their wallets and …
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Former Chief Deputy Fred Oswald's whistleblower lawsuit against St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith can go forward, a judge has decided, denying an effort by Smith's lawyers to have the case thrown out on procedural grounds.
Friday, July 27, 2018
A New Orleans jury acquitted a woman of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a longtime acquaintance at a New Orleans East motel.
Bogalusa Baptist Church Pastor Jerry Newton, 54, has pleaded guilty to theft of more than $95,000 in Social Security funds, U.S. Attorney Duane Evans said Thursday.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Dwayne Stevenson said he knew the dragnet was closing in on him when his family began receiving grand jury subpoenas to testify about a notorious string of Uptown restaurant robberies in 2015.
Two men from St. Tammany Parish accused of rape were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, according to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney's Office.
The physical and psychological abuse of an autistic woman held captive for a year in Tangipahoa Parish included forcing her to eat both dog feces and her mother's ashes, attempted sex trafficking and numerous beatings, according to charges issued …
The New Orleans Saints violated federal labor law by failing to pay overtime wages to the former personal assistant of late owner Tom Benson, according to an NFL arbitrator who this week ordered the team to cough up nearly $400,000.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Jonathan "Lil' Joe" Evans said he knew what was coming when he saw three men headed toward him over the neutral ground in Gentilly.
Officials of Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living in Mandeville have pleaded guilty to violating a state law that requires health care facilities and workers to report any patient abuse within 24 hours, according to 22nd Judicial District Att…
A Covington accountant was charged this week over his role in what federal prosecutors describe as a sham supplemental insurance program that allowed hundreds of employers and thousands of workers to skirt wage taxes.