Louisiana

Criminal Justice

Lawyer facing felony home invasion charge wants DA off the case; judge who owned the house agrees

Public Defenders

Louisiana governor signs law reallocating money from death penalty appeals to local public defenders

Criminal Justice

Louisiana mom is arrested for whipping kids after they burglarized neighbor’s home

Legal Ethics

Questions about chat with co-defendants keep murder case alive for lawyers after client is acquitted

Judiciary

Judge’s ‘bizarre and disturbing behavior’ entitles med-mal plaintiffs to new trial, La. justice says

Trials & Litigation

Murder trial takes detour after defense lawyers meet at jail with witnesses against their client

Legal Rebels Podcast

Technology? ‘It’s here, it’s good—do it,’ Ernie Svenson urges (podcast)

Trials & Litigation

Judge says she didn’t know Muslim woman’s scarf was a religious statement, not a fashion statement

Criminal Justice

Real-estate heir Robert Durst takes 7-year plea deal in gun case, but unrelated murder case ongoing

Criminal Justice

5 ex-police officers admit guilt, get greatly reduced sentences in Katrina bridge-slayings plea deal

Criminal Justice

Ex-DA is labeled a ‘sexual predator’ at news conference; defense lawyer complains of ‘smear tactic’

First Amendment

Lawyer who spoke out after fellow lawyer shot himself during trial gets suspension overturned

White-Collar Crime

Longtime former DA faces federal corruption trial, accused of misusing campaign money

Constitutional Law

Due to lack of counsel, New Orleans judge freezes cases against 7 inmates and orders their release

Environmental Law

Federal judge gives final OK to $20B settlement by BP in Gulf oil spill disaster

Constitutional Law

ABA backs call by Louisiana chief justice to provide necessary funds for public defenders

Judiciary

Court requires Hispanic probationers to enroll in pricey, subpar English classes, group tells DOJ

Criminal Justice

Cops post Ebola-tainted meth ruse to catch drug users; does it erode trust?

Constitutional Law

Supreme Court blocks enforcement of Louisiana abortion clinic restrictions

Criminal Justice

Last ‘Angola Three’ inmate is released; his time in solitary may be the longest in US history