445 ABA Journal Louisiana articles.

Lawyer held in contempt for recording defendant’s mouth being taped shut on judge’s orders

A public defender in Louisiana has been found in contempt of court for taking out his cellphone and recording a talkative defendant’s mouth being taped shut on a judge’s orders.

Public defender accused of working without a law license in over 100 cases

A public defender in New Orleans is under investigation for allegedly practicing law without a license in more than 100 cases.

The staff lawyer, Ashley Crawford, was pulled from cases…

In states where inmates can vote, few exercise their right to cast ballots
When Sen. Bernie Sanders championed voting rights for prisoners during a CNN town hall, he spotlighted an intensifying national debate about why going to prison means losing the right to vote.
More families of murder victims will qualify for financial assistance; report helped fuel state’s legislation
Victims of crime encounter many unanticipated costs, such as funeral expenses, lost wages and hospital bills. Every state maintains a fund to help ease that burden, but under a long-standing rule in Louisiana, victims with a felony record were excluded.
Judge steered defendants to campaign contributor’s ankle-monitor company, report says

A criminal court judge in New Orleans steered defendants to an ankle-monitoring company owned by campaign contributors, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit Court Watch NOLA.

‘Anti-defense bill’ would put public defenders at risk of jail and hamper their work, critics say

Critics say legislation passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives would put public defenders in an ethical quandary and put them at risk of jail time.

Dane Ciolino, a law…

Juvenile lifer, now 72, won landmark Supreme Court case but remains behind bars

A 72-year-old Louisiana inmate who was 17 when he killed a sheriff’s deputy must remain in prison, despite his U.S. Supreme Court victory in January 2016.

Parole was denied for…

Are unanimous juries required in state criminal cases? SCOTUS will consider overruling precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether to overrule a 1972 case that allowed nonunanimous verdicts in state criminal trials.

The court agreed to decide whether the…

Law firm sues associate for alleged breach of employment contract

Recruiters are questioning the wisdom of a Louisiana law firm’s decision to sue an associate for allegedly breaching an employment contract that requires three years of employment.

The associate, Jane…

Drunken taxi incident leads to lawyer’s suspension; she was a former radio host

A New Orleans lawyer has been suspended from law practice after convictions stemming from alleged drunken sexual advances on a taxi driver.

The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended lawyer Jennifer Gaubert…

SCOTUS blocks Louisiana law limiting access to abortions
Louisiana cannot implement a restrictive law that opponents say would have left only one doctor eligible to provide abortions in the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Lawyer is suspended after conviction for chest bumping a prosecutor

A Louisiana lawyer has been suspended from law practice following a battery conviction for chest bumping a district attorney in a judge’s chambers.

The Supreme Court of Louisiana suspended lawyer…

Will Supreme Court allow restrictive abortion law to take effect? Some look for clue to Roe viability
The fight over abortion rights has returned to the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices consider an emergency petition to temporarily block a restrictive Louisiana abortion law from taking effect.
Saints fans file suits over bad call in game against Rams; can NFL order a do-over?

New Orleans Saints ticket holders filed two lawsuits Tuesday over a failure to call a pass interference or roughness penalty against a Los Angeles Rams player in the NFC Championship…

Former prosecutor’s disbarment for anonymous online posts is lesson for other lawyers, court says

A former federal prosecutor has been disbarred for posting anonymous online comments about cases being handled by himself or by his office.

The Louisiana Supreme Court ordered the disbarment of…

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