BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana was voted down 5-1 Tuesday in a state Senate committee.
Sen. Katrina Jackson sponsored the bill, which was rejected by the Senate Judiciary “C” Committee.
Lawyers for 17 people arrested at pipeline protests in Louisiana say a local prosecutor has rejected felony trespass charges against them all.
The decision is a major victory for free speech, attorney Bill Quigley and the Center for Constitutional Rights said.