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Judicial portrait at Southern University symbolizes career of Jesse N. Stone Jr.

By Michael Carroll | Apr 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The life of Jesse N. Stone Jr. is chock-full of “firsts” – member of the first graduating class of the Southern University Law Center, the first African-American attorney to set up shop in Shreveport in 1950, the first graduate of Southern University Law to eventually serve as dean, the first African-American assistant state superintendent of education in Louisiana and the first African-American to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

State's high court has little tolerance for judicial misconduct, Loyola professor says

By Michael Carroll | Apr 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – As the cases of two 18th Judicial District judges accused of mishandling proceedings and abusing their powers head to the state Supreme Court for review next month, a Loyola University Law School professor says the state’s system to root out injudicious behavior on the bench is functioning as it should.

Lawsuit over Louisiana state employee health benefits moving forward

By Michael Carroll | Apr 7, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit filed by state workers and retirees alleging that former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state’s Office of Group Benefits (OGB) made illegal changes to employee health plans is finally about to get a hearing after a round of court appeals by defendants.

Charter schools challenge legality of New Orleans school funding plan

By Michael Carroll | Apr 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A move to standardize how education funds are divvied up among all New Orleans public schools has prompted a federal lawsuit alleging that the new formula will violate contracts between charter schools and the Orleans Parish School District, while depriving some schools of due process and equal protection under the law.

Reporter's federal lawsuit against Baton Rouge police could lead to future reforms

By Michael Carroll | Apr 1, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A television reporter’s federal lawsuit alleging that he was illegally confined and his First Amendment rights trampled while at a crime scene in Baton Rouge last year could help foster better relations between police and the press, the legal defense director of a journalists’ advocacy group said on Thursday.

Louisiana Political Museum honors retired Lafayette judge Kaliste Saloom

By Michael Carroll | Mar 29, 2016

WINNFIELD – If you pay a visit the Louisiana Political Museum, you’ll see the vehicle the late Gov. Earl Long used for political campaigning and Gov. Huey P. Long’s ornate dining room set. But you can also take a gander at the roster of this year’s inductees into the museum’s Political Hall of Fame, including retired Lafayette Judge Kaliste Saloom Jr.

Baton Rouge's Federalist Society chapter promises to keep Scalia's legacy alive

By Michael Carroll | Mar 29, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have been a blow to those who live by the principles of limited government and traditional values, but many local attorneys who share Scalia’s outlook continue to meet, discuss and promote those principles.

Legal watchdog group says pursuing flood protection lawsuit is futile

By Michael Carroll | Mar 11, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – As the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last week heard arguments in a lawsuit over alleged wetlands damage to the Louisiana coast by oil and natural gas companies, a watchdog group described the legal effort by a state flood protection authority as futile and a waste of money.

Anonymous judge accuses Louisiana judiciary panel of illegal discipline

By Michael Carroll | Mar 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit filed last week in federal court alleges that the Louisiana Judiciary Commission illegally disciplined a judge and denied the plaintiff due process rights.

Outcome of abortion case before U.S. Supreme Court will be felt in Louisiana

By Michael Carroll | Feb 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and other state officials scored a victory last week when a federal appeals court decided that new state restrictions on doctors who perform abortions may go forward, but a similar case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will likely bring the final word on the matter.

Relocation of Louisiana's attorney general's staff aims to save taxpayer dollars

By Michael Carroll | Feb 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The budget-tightening move to relocate personnel in the Attorney General’s Office to unoccupied space in the Benson Tower building near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will save the state more than $300,000 annually, but the one-time moving costs have yet to be tallied, state officials said this week.

Attorney for Franklin Parish calls bias suit over water project frivolous

By Michael Carroll | Feb 28, 2016

The attorney who represents a northern Louisiana parish accused of racial bias for its handling of a water services project described the discrimination lawsuit filed last week in federal district court as both baseless and frivolous.

Appeals court thwarts oil industry petition, but wetlands case hangs in balance

By Michael Carroll | Feb 24, 2016

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana oil and gas companies lost a legal skirmish last week over a challenge to a flood protection authority’s use of private law firms, but the much larger issue of financial responsibility for coastal wetlands damage remains to be settled.

LSU professor emeritus recalls being part of a teaching tag team with Scalia

By Michael Carroll | Feb 22, 2016

BATON ROUGE — For years John Baker, professor emeritus at Louisiana State University, told people that he feared his good friend, the energetic and hard-driven Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, might succumb one day as a result of the justice’s active lifestyle and vigorous commitment to his beliefs about the Constitution.

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