National Bar Association to honor Louisiana chief justice
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson is to be honored in March at the 2019 Mid-Year Conference of the National Bar Association.
Trump to name state Supreme Court judge as federal judge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The White House says the president plans to nominate a Louisiana Supreme Court associate justice for a seat on the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.
News outlets report the White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump plans to nominate Associate Justice Greg Guidry of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
Retired Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice dies, 87
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal Calogero Jr., who retired in 2008 after the longest tenure on the court in state history, died at the age of 87.
Calogero died Thursday, according to a news release from the court.
He was elected to four terms, serving for 36 years, and was chief justice for 18 years.
After retiring from the high court at the end of 2008, Calogero opened a firm specializing in appellate law.
Louisiana urged to give refunds for thrown-out tax change
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of a powerful Louisiana business lobbying group is urging companies that operate in multiple states to pursue refunds for taxes paid under a 2015 law that has been declared unconstitutional.
Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said those companies should contact tax professionals to determine ways to seek the recovery if they paid taxes under the now-struck-down law.
Louisiana high court: 2015 tax break change unconstitutional
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 2015 law that scaled back an income tax break Louisiana allows for taxes paid to other states was unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled, striking down a change that raised more than $30 million a year for the state budget.
Louisiana Supreme Court denies appeal by death row prisoner
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a man sentenced to death for the slaying of 4-year-old girl in 2001.
Supreme Court won’t disturb conviction in triple killing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from a man convicted of joining a New Orleans police officer in the killing of her fellow officer and two other people during a 1995 restaurant robbery.
The justices declined to review a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that upheld Roger LaCaze's three first-degree murder convictions.
Court denies appeal by auditor in personnel file dispute
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) — A legal dispute over whether the Louisiana Legislative Auditor can access a sheriff's department personnel files will remain in northwest Louisiana.
KTBS-TV reports the Louisiana Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the auditor's office seeking to have the dispute moved from a DeSoto Parish court to East Baton Rouge Parish.
Conviction upheld for man charged with rape in cold case
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld a man's conviction of aggravated rape in a decades-old case.
The American Press reports 42-year-old Jonathan Jacito Frank was convicted in 2014 of raping a Lake Charles woman at knifepoint in her apartment in 1994.
New Orleans can’t limit street art sales to French Quarter
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans ordinance limiting street art sales to two parts of the French Quarter violates the right to free speech, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled.
The 5-2 decision Friday came in the case of Lawrence Clark, who was ticketed in 2016 for showing art for sale in the broad median of Esplanade Avenue, which runs between the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny.
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds life sentence in beating
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld a life prison term for a man convicted of severely beating another man at a convenience store five years ago after telling the victim he was in the "wrong neighborhood."
Donald Ray Dickerson, of Baton Rouge, was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree battery in attacking David Ray III, of St. Francisville. Ray was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken nose and other injuries.
Man wins state Supreme Court seat after sole rival banned
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man has been re-elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court after his only challenger was disqualified for not filing tax returns.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that Associate Justice Greg Guidry has won a second 10-year term that begins in January. Court records say former challenger Richard Ducote didn't file state income tax returns for the past three years.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Just days after the state's high court ordered a new trial, a New Orleans woman convicted of murdering her abusive husband has received a bond low enough to get out of jail.
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday voted 6-1 for a new trial in Catina Curley's case. The court said Curley's attorney, John Fuller, deprived her of effective counsel by failing to call an expert on battered woman syndrome.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former prosecutor and Louisiana Supreme Court staffer will be the first black executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.
The New Orleans Advocate reports 36-year-old Alanah Odoms Hebert starts Monday, succeeding the retired Marjorie Esman.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A scaled-back financing plan for the Louisiana Supreme Court won passage in the House on its second try Monday, after lawmakers pledged that additional money might be added to the budget as they continue negotiating over taxes.
Condemned Baton Rouge killer not intellectually disabled, will remain on death row, court says
A Baton Rouge man condemned to die for savagely stabbing to death an elderly couple 27 years ago is not intellectually disabled, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided in a ruling that will keep Allen Robertson Jr. on death row.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 30 charter schools created by Louisiana's education board can continue to receive financing through the state's public school funding formula, after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a union that argued the payment method was unconstitutional.
In a 5-2 decision, the high court overturned a lower court ruling that threatened to upend payments for the 35 schools and their 18,000 students.
State Supreme Court official tapped for leadership program
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The director of the Division of Children and Families at the Louisiana Supreme Court is one of 59 people nationwide chosen for a national leadership program.
The court said in a Wednesday news release that Alanah Odoms Hebert (AYE'-behr) was selected for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. That program draws on resources of the presidential centers of four former presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson.
Guilty plea in $116,000 scam at Louisiana Supreme Court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to enriching herself at the expense of the state's highest court.
A news release from New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says 38-year-old Misty Corb of Mereaux pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of identity theft.
A convicted child killer had the first of what will be many appeals before the Louisiana Supreme Court Tuesday. But it likely will be months before a ruling is handed down.
Man convicted as killer cop’s accomplice gets new hearing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Defense lawyers told Louisiana Supreme Court justices Tuesday that a new trial should be granted for a man convicted of joining a New Orleans police officer in the slayings of three people, including another officer, during a 1995 robbery.
Rogers LaCaze was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, as was Antoinette Frank, a former officer whose role in the grisly murder at a New Orleans restaurant rattled a police department already rocked by scandal in the 1990s.
Court asked to reinstate prison sentence over deadly wreck
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate an eight-year prison sentence for a man convicted of vehicular homicide charges over a crash that killed five people in 2011.
In November, a state appeals court reduced David Leger's conviction to negligent homicide and ordered him to be resentenced.
Supreme Court holds subpoena request against mayor-elect
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has put a hold on a hearing about New Orleans' mayor-elect while considing whether the judge should step aside.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry has subpoenaed Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's personal bank records.
She won 60 percent of the vote to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Her runoff opponent accused her of misusing a city credit card, an allegation Cantrell denies.
New Orleans lawyer to fill in as civil court judge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans attorney has been appointed to temporarily serve as an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge.
The Louisiana Supreme Court said in a news release Wednesday that it appointed Henry P. Julien Jr. to fill the vacancy created by Judge Tiffany Gautier Chase's election to the state's Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Julien's term on the court will run from Jan. 1 through May 31, or until an election fills the vacancy.
State seeks to reinstate 1974 rape conviction against man
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Just weeks after Wilbert Jones was exonerated and released from prison after serving nearly 46 years for rape, prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his conviction.
Multiple media outlets report East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors Friday urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate Jones' 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse.
Justice pulls out of death penalty case after radio remarks
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana Supreme Court justice disqualified himself Tuesday from a death row inmate's appeal after a talk radio interview in which he cited the man's case in expressing support for capital punishment.
Justice Scott Crichton didn't specify a reason for his recusal from David Brown's case, but the inmate's attorneys had questioned whether the elected justice could be impartial.
Man freed from death row blames conviction on racial bias
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A biased autopsy and a prosecutor's racism and religious fervor corrupted the murder case against a black man freed from Louisiana's death row, a federal lawsuit says.
Rodricus Crawford, 29, sued the Caddo Parish coroner and district attorney's offices last Thursday, one year after the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned his first-degree murder conviction in the death of his 1-year-old son.
Court won’t re-impose death sentence in child rape-murder
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court won't consider re-imposing the death penalty for a man serving life for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in 1985, when he was 21.
John Francis Wille (WIL-lee) was originally sentenced to death for first-degree murder in the death of Michele Lopatta. However St. John the Baptist Parish prosecutors agreed in 2014 that the sentence should be life, and that Wille could continue with appeals contending he is innocent.
Judge tosses Louisiana man’s decades-old rape conviction
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has thrown out the conviction of a man serving a life sentence for the 1971 rape of a nurse, ruling authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated him decades ago.
Wilbert Jones' attorneys on Tuesday asked the judge to order his immediate release from prison. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson is expected to hear arguments on that request next week.
Response to man’s plea for ‘lawyer dog’ has internet howling
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Did the suspect ask for a lawyer dog? Or did he call a detective "dog," while seeking a lawyer?
A Louisiana Supreme Court justice appears to side with the canine lawyer interpretation.
Defense lawyers say the confession of Warren Demesme, 24, in a New Orleans rape case should be suppressed because he asked for counsel during an October 2015 interrogation. He told investigators, "Why don't you just give me a lawyer dog ..."
Big payday looms for Lafayette School Board after Supreme Court refuses case
A Louisiana Supreme Court decision in the case of former Lafayette School Superintendent Pat Cooper could prove costly for the parish school system.
Supreme Court rejects Louisiana dirt farmer’s appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Louisiana dirt farmer who complained that a local flood control district took his soil without paying enough for it.
The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling against Chad Jarreau (JAR'-roh) of Cut Off, Louisiana.
The local government agency in charge of protection from hurricanes took the dirt from just under an acre of Jarreau's property to build up a nearby levee.
Stabbing, dismemberment conviction stands in Louisiana case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a man convicted of killing a French Quarter dancer and dismembering her body.
All seven justices initialed the "action sheet" denying the request from Terry Speaks, who is serving life in prison for the 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.
He acted as his own attorney, with another inmate preparing the document.
Suspect in pastor shooting pleads not guilty to manslaughter
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a pastor who was preaching in his southwest Louisiana church is pleading not guilty to manslaughter.
KPLC-TV reports that Woodrow Karey entered the plea Monday.
Co-defendant in triple slaying gets chance at new trial
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man connected to a 1995 triple slaying involving a former New Orleans police officer has been given a chance at a new trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that upheld the first-degree murder convictions of Rogers LaCaze.
LaCaze was charged as an accomplice to Officer Antoinette Frank, who is on death row for the killing of three people at a New Orleans restaurant — including a fellow police officer.
Ex-public defender suspended; admitted stalking boss’s wife
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The suspension of a former New Orleans public defender who pleaded guilty to stalking her boss's wife will end in December, according to an opinion the Louisiana Supreme Court released Friday.
Victory for a convicted ex-mayor at Louisiana Supreme Court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former mayor of a Louisiana city has won a new trial on a malfeasance charge.
Leslie Thompson is the former mayor of Jonesboro in north Louisiana. He was convicted in 2013 on three counts of malfeasance. In one count, prosecutors said he illegally denied the state legislative auditor access to Jonesboro's financial records. Two other counts said he used city money to pay benefits to people who weren't eligible for them.
Clarification: Supreme Court-Embezzlement story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story July 8 about a former Louisiana Supreme Court worker embezzling money, The Associated Press reported that Misty Wood was an administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The story should have made clear that Wood had actually been employed as the payroll and accounts payable supervisor.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former payroll worker at the Louisiana Supreme Court has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $116,000 from the court.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated a man's kidnapping conviction in the disappearance of a woman authorities believe was killed after stealing cocaine from a drug dealer.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for the 1971 rape of a nurse is getting a court-ordered hearing to determine if authorities withheld evidence that could exonerate him.
In January, Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys had asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to order a new trial for Wilbert Jones. Instead, the justices voted 4-3 for a district court judge to hold a "full evidentiary hearing" on Jones' claims he was denied a fair trial.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Supreme Court justices are weighing whether a jury was right when it convicted a man for his role in the kidnapping of Jessica Guillot, an Avoyelles Parish woman not seen since September 2013, when authorities believe she was kidnapped and killed after stealing cocaine from a drug dealer.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An exhibit about the oppression of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany is coming to New Orleans.
"Lawyers Without Rights : Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich," features hundreds of photographs, documents and artifacts.
Prosecutors won’t retry man in death of his son
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office says it will not retry a man in the February 2012 death of his 1-year-old son after the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed the conviction.
Rodricus Crawford was sentenced to death in the death of Roderius Lott. In his original trial, his defense attorneys said the child was sick with pneumonia and died from sepsis. Prosecutors however convinced the jury that Crawford smothered his son.
Impact of charter school funding decision delayed by court
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State financing will keep flowing to more than 30 Louisiana public charter schools next week, under a late Friday ruling from an appellate court.
The court ruled this month that money from Louisiana's public school funding formula can't pay for charter schools created by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. But the court also agreed Friday to delay the impact of that ruling, while the case continues to wind its way to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Man seeking new trial in 1971 rape claims state hid evidence
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man serving a life sentence for the rape of a nurse in 1971 claims authorities concealed evidence that the crime was committed by another man linked to two similar attacks.
In a court filing Tuesday, Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to review Wilbert Jones' 45-year-old case and order him a new trial.
Newest Louisiana Supreme Court member takes oath of office
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new member of the state Supreme Court.
Republican Jimmy Genovese, formerly an appeals court judge, was sworn in Tuesday to the seven-member high court at a ceremony in his hometown of Opelousas. He'll represent Louisiana's 3rd District, covering the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas.
Defendant in controversial death sentence case out on bail
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Following years on death row, a Louisiana man has been released on bail after his murder conviction and sentence in the death of his 1-year-old son were overturned.
Deputy Jakenzie Bryant at the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says Rodricus Crawford posted bail Tuesday evening.
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Nov. 16 overturned Crawford's 2013 murder conviction and death sentence and called for a new trial.
Lawyers renew fight against justice’s recusal in oil case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana Supreme Court justice has revived a legal battle against four of his colleagues, arguing in federal court that they illegally removed him from two environmental cases against oil companies because of campaign contributions he received, through political action committees, from lawyers involved in the cases.
Court throws out conviction in controversial death sentence
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out the conviction and death sentence of a man whose case drew national attention to the state's use of the death penalty.
In its decision , the court said it was sending the case of Rodricus Crawford back to a lower court for a new trial, citing racial discrimination issues in the prosecution's picking of jurors.
Court throws out conviction in controversial death sentence
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and death sentence of a man whose case drew national attention to the state's use of the death penalty.
In a decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court said it was sending the case of Rodricus Crawford back to a lower court for a new trial.
Crawford was convicted of murdering his 1-year-old son.