Category: Courts

Armer Bright, New Orleans schools official, admits conspiracy

On Wednesday, July 1, Armer Bright, the Orleans Parish public school system’s diversity contracting director, admitted in U.S. District court his role in the Ira Thomas janitorial services fraud conspiracy. Bright admitted to rig a janitorial […]

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SCOTUS announces landmark same-sex marriage decision

Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Justice Kennedy, who was appointed by Republican Reagan in 1988, wrote on behalf of the court stating, “They ask […]

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Inspector General report tears apart DWI case handling in Orleans Parish

Inspector General for New Orleans Ed Quatreveaux has released a scathing 54-page report detailing the mishandling of DWI cases in New Orleans Traffic Court. The report highlights the failure of weak police techniques for spotting […]

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New Orleans Traffic Court cracking down on plea deals, pushing more trials

According to The Advocate, New Orleans Traffic Court will be cracking down on the number of plea deals offered for minor and major traffic violations. A few weeks ago, the city prosecutors in traffic court […]

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Bloom Legal guide to New Orleans misdemeanor arrests and summons

Paying your municipal “ticket” or summons online is NOT possible in New Orleans. The arresting NOPD officer or New Orleans sheriff’s deputy has probably given you incorrect information that you don’t have to be present […]

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21 indicted in Jefferson Parish racketeering ring

21 people were indicted yesterday under seal for racketeering and other various charges in Jefferson Parish. Many of the indicted belong to the Harvey Hustlers gang, involved in the sale of illegal drugs, guns, and […]

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Jefferson Parish, Metairie crack down on speeding on Causeway

After two accidents this past year proved fatal, Louisiana is looking to crack down on speeding on the Causeway bridge. During the four-day holiday period for Thanksgiving, police officers increased their tickets by 25%. Majority […]

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Louisiana Cracking Down on DWIs through Labor Day Weekend

Law enforcement agencies across Louisiana will be cracking down on DWIs as part of its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which provides increased money and patrols to combat DWIs. Alcohol is a factor […]

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Judge Jackson Lambasts New Domestic Violence Law

Judge Bonnie Jackson of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge stated in court that a new domestic violence law, referred to as “Gwen’s Law”, needs to be challenged. The new law differs from […]

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Orleans Traffic, Municipal Court Could Move to Bywater Neighborhood

The New Orleans Traffic and Municipal Court located in Mid-City on Broad Ave could potentially move to the abandoned Naval base located at Chartres and Poland Ave, some judges and NOPD officers say. The move […]

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Proposed Marijuana Bill Dies in State Senate

“I’m done. That’s it,” Senator JP Morrell (D-New Orleans) was overheard saying as he walked away from the podium. This frustration came after a bill seeking to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession, potentially saving […]

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Warantless Blood Tests for DWIs Causing Concern in the Supreme Court

Is a non consented blood test considered an unreasonable search and therefore prohibited under the Fourth Amendment? On Wed, January 9, 2013 the Supreme Court heard arguments about a Missouri man who was given a […]

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City Agencies Could Pocket Property Tax Windfall

As many residents are aware, New Orleans’ new city-wide assessor, Erroll Williams, recently raised the assessments of over 41,000 local properties. Although this sort of action has typically occurred in quadrennial valuation years; 2012 happens […]

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NOLA Cab Companies Sue to Block Overhaul

3 individuals and 6 taxi companies have filed suit to block new city rules governing cab companies. The new rules would require taxi fleets to eliminate all vehicles over 11 years old and to ensure […]

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U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, others to announce consent decree

The federal consent decree over the New Orleans Police Department will be announced today at 3:45pm at Gallier Hall by U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other local and federal […]

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Judge Lynda Van Davis Resigns from Criminal Court

Criminal District Court Judge, Lynda Van Davis–who had recently come under scrutiny for frequent absences from the bench and an overflowing docket–announced yeseterday that she will be resigning. Van Davis was the subject of a […]

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‘Devastating Louisiana Medicaid cuts anticipated

This Friday, July 13, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration plans to move forward with its expected budget cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars. Advocates of the public healthcare advise the governor that this act will […]

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Panel on La. Prison Population and Sentencing Tonight at Loyola

Loyola University will host a panel this evening on the burgeoning Louisiana prison population and the state’s tough sentencing guidelines. Featured speakers will include Times-Picayune reporter, Cindy Chang, an author of the influential eight-part series […]

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