US court hears arguments over fines for poor convicts
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on whether state criminal court judges in New Orleans have an unconstitutional conflict of interest arising from their power to...
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A Kenai Peninsula legislator has apologized for her video reply to high school students who sent messages protesting proposed cuts to proposed school funding.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Civil rights attorneys want a federal judge to send a clearer, stronger message to state judges in New Orleans: People facing jail for court debts must get a fair chance to show...
Free after 36 years, he won’t face prosecution in 1980 death
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A decades-long legal ordeal that included 36 years behind bars officially ended Tuesday for a 69-year-old man when a New Orleans prosecutor announced he was officially ending efforts to prosecute him for a 1980 murder.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two recent federal court rulings mean judges in the state criminal court in New Orleans will have to change methods of setting bail, fines and fees.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon said New Orleans criminal court magistrate Harry Cantrell has a conflict of interest when he sets bail amounts. Fallon noted that bail money also helps pay for court operations.
Fallon also said evidence indicates Cantrell regularly sets bail without regard to a defendant's ability to pay.
Man freed in 1980 killing wins another legal round
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An appeals court has handed another legal victory to a man who spent 36 years locked up for a New Orleans murder he insists he did not commit.
Legal fight lingers for man freed in 1980 murder case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — John Floyd spent 36 years locked up for a New Orleans murder he insisted he didn't commit. A federal judge sees things the same way and ordered his release from jail last year and a new trial. Her decision was backed by a federal appeals court.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court will be asked to take a second look at a judge's ruling that led to freedom last year for a man who spent 36-years in prison for a French Quarter murder, New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge was correct in a decision that led to freedom last year for a man who spent 36 years in prison for a French Quarter murder he long maintained he didn't commit, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.
John Floyd had argued that police beat a confession out of him in the 1980 stabbing death of William Hines.
Louisiana editorial roundup
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NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune on judges setting fines their offices directly benefit from:
When judges set fines in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, their offices directly benefit from how much defendants pay. The court operation depends on that money for a significant portion of its budget.
Justice reform advocates argued that is a conflict, and U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance agreed.
Court: New Orleans judges have conflict in setting fines
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says state criminal court judges in New Orleans have a conflict of interest because they rely on fines and fees for court funding — raising legitimate concerns over whether the court's financial needs might affect decisions on whether low-income defendants are able to pay.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance also ruled Wednesday that judges have violated defendants' rights by failing to make inquiries on their ability to pay.
US court arguments set over ‘debtor’s prison’ allegations
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday in a 2015 lawsuit that accuses the state criminal court in New Orleans of running what amounts to a "debtors' prison."
A lawyer for New Orleans criminal district court judges told U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance that she should dismiss the suit, which was filed by plaintiffs who say they were unconstitutionally jailed for owing court debts.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a man who was imprisoned for 36 years before a federal judge threw out his murder conviction and life sentence for a slaying in New Orleans (all times local):
A man imprisoned for 36 years is free again after a federal judge threw out his murder conviction and life sentence for a newspaper editor's stabbing in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
John Floyd was freed Thursday following a court hearing.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state Supreme Court justice has lost another round in his federal court lawsuit against four other justices.
Justice Jefferson Hughes filed suit in 2015, saying other justices illegally removed him from two cases against oil companies. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance last year dismissed his suit. She said the Eleventh Amendment generally bars people from suing their states in federal court.
Former Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s detective pleads
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's detective has pleaded guilty to stealing federal money.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says 38-year-old Dawn Foret (FOR-ay) entered the plea Wednesday in federal court.