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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.

Southern Poverty Law Center sues Bogalusa judge over 'modern-day debtor's prison'

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 29, 2016, 2:36pm

BOGALUSA—The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Judge Robert Black of the Bogalusa City Court, claiming he's running a modern-day debtor’s prison.