Louisiana

453 ABA Journal Louisiana articles.

This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis
Judge Scott Schlegel’s history of utilizing technology in his Louisiana courtroom to make life easier for attorneys and members of the public has come in very handy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Will Roberts opinion ‘eviscerate abortion rights’? 8th Circuit cites new standard
Abortion restrictions should be evaluated under a new approach as a result of a June opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appeals court said Friday.
Public approval for SCOTUS surges after latest blockbuster term, report says

The public’s approval of the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest it has been in more than a decade, according to a new poll from Gallup.  The results, released Wednesday, show that 58% of Americans say the Supreme Court handles its job responsibly.

Afternoon Briefs: Suit filed for immigrant children detained at hotel; ill judge doesn’t have to sign reelection papers

Lawsuit filed for immigrant children detained at Hampton Inn

A lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project was forced out of a Hampton Inn hotel in McAllen, Texas, where he…

New York and Illinois join others moving to October online bar exam; another jurisdiction grants diploma privilege
In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Wrongfully convicted man hopes to win ‘America’s Got Talent’ and suit against criminal justice system

Inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison, inmate Archie Williams used to watch America’s Got Talent and visualize himself performing on the show. It was a dream that couldn’t have seemed further from reality. But on May 26—37 years after his conviction and a little over a year since his exoneration and release—his improbable dream came true.

Louisiana backs out of in-person and remote July bar exams, and New Jersey cancels as well
Instead of following a May plan to shorten the Louisiana bar exam from three days to one, and offer it in person and online, the state announced Wednesday that both July tests will be canceled.
BigLaw firms and legal clinics join ACLU in initiative to stop racism in policing
Large law firms and legal clinics are partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana in its campaign "to dismantle racially discriminatory policing practices."
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law; Roberts concurrence provides fifth vote
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law in a closely watched case on Monday. A concurrence by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. provided the fifth vote to strike down the Louisiana law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Afternoon Briefs: ‘Highly irregular conduct’ by DOJ alleged; satanist loses abortion case

DOJ engaged in ‘highly irregular conduct,’ says amicus appointee in Michael Flynn case

The U.S. Department of Justice “engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the…

Appeals court tosses convictions in wake of Supreme Court ruling on jury verdicts
The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has overturned two manslaughter and molestation convictions in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional.
Lawyer convicted for chest bumping a prosecutor wins reinstatement to law practice
The Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated a lawyer Tuesday who had been suspended for a year and a day for chest bumping a prosecutor in a judge’s chambers.
5th Circuit refuses to toss suit against prosecutors accused of using fake subpoenas
Prosecutors in New Orleans aren’t entitled to dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that they issued fake subpoenas to pressure crime victims and witnesses to meet with them.
Pandemic power plays: Civil liberties in the time of COVID-19

The power to respond to a public health crisis exists in the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, regulations and case law. But the way they fit together is not always clear, especially in the wake of a modern-day global crisis.

In Gorsuch opinion, Supreme Court rules unanimous verdict is needed to convict
A unanimous verdict is needed to convict a defendant of a serious criminal offense, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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