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Louisiana facing class-action lawsuit over public-defenders system

Richard Jones Feb. 16, 2017, 3:55pm

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Public Defender Board are facing a class-action lawsuit filed recently by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP and Jones Walker LLP.

State appeals court reduces life sentence over theft of $15

Richard Jones Jan. 12, 2017, 7:16pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana appeals court recently set aside a life sentence for an African-American man convicted of stealing $15 from a parked vehicle; and at least one attorney in the state agrees the punishment didn't fit the crime.

DOJ reaches settlement with Louisiana Tech to desegregate A.E. Phillips School

Richard Jones Nov. 30, 2016, 6:16pm

MONROE – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement in a decade’s-long desegregation suit filed against the A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, a public school operating on Louisiana Tech University’s Lincoln Parish campus.