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Louisiana Supreme Court says district judge has to pay fine

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a request to hold a new hearing to determine if District Court Judge Darryl Derbigny will have to repay more than $10,000 in reimbursed health-care expenses the Court had previously deemed improper.

Louisiana facing class-action lawsuit over public-defenders system

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

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

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.