Tara Mapes News

Heated judicial race brings more complaints against candidates Cox and Caraway

By Tara Mapes | Nov 7, 2016

SHREVEPORT – The heated pursuit for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal judge turned scalding as both candidates were found in violation of the Louisiana Judicial Code of Conduct for statements made against each other in their campaigns.

Lafayette Parish School Board shows support for Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

By Tara Mapes | Oct 28, 2016

LAFAYETTE -- The Lafayette Parish School Board recently passed a resolution declaring its opposition to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ demands for more lawsuits.

Louisiana Supreme Court refuses to hear wrongful conviction compensation case

By Tara Mapes | Oct 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case to determine if the family of a deceased man who was exonerated after serving nearly 30 years on death row is due compensation for wrongful conviction.

Louisiana PAC picks Judge Castle after recent debate

By Tara Mapes | Oct 9, 2016

LAFAYETTE - Two candidates for seats on the Louisiana Supreme Court recently squared off at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Age-restricting law for exotic dancers reeks of sexism disguised as chivalry, attorney says

By Tara Mapes | Oct 4, 2016

A new law restricting the age of exotic dancers to 21 or older is unconstitutional and reeks of sexism and paternalism disguised as chivalry, says attorney

Transgender inmate sues Orleans Parish Prison after sex assault by another inmate

By Tara Mapes | Sep 30, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A transgender inmate has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana over allegations that negligence by prison officials allowed her to be sexually assaulted by another inmate.

Appeals court uses humor to finish a frosty fight in the 'sno-ball' industry

By Tara Mapes | Sep 25, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The courtroom is not a common place to find humor. However, some judges like to lighten the litigious mood when delivering decisions in cases.

LOGA president says Gov. Edwards’ call for more lawsuits against the industry a 'shakedown'

By Tara Mapes | Sep 25, 2016

BATON ROUGE – In a news conference Sept. 21, Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged all coastal parishes to sue the oil and gas industry for its contributions to the coastal loss, a statement the president of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) calls a “shakedown.”

Public policy consultant blasts Edwards' choices in litigation over coastal land loss

By Tara Mapes | Sep 22, 2016

BATON ROUGE – For the better part of 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards and his efforts to get the oil and natural gas industries to pay for the restoration of Louisiana’s coast have been under scrutiny. Not because of his endeavor to protect Louisiana land, but because of whom he is choosing to litigate the cases against the oil and gas industries.

Solar customers sue La. Department of Revenue for 'unconstitutional' tax credit cap

By Tara Mapes | Sep 18, 2016

MARRERO – Solar panel customers are suing the state for allegedly violating their constitutional rights when it imposed a cap on refundable solar tax credits in July 2015 and denied claims for systems purchased before the cap went into effect.

Federal agencies allow removal of New Orleans monument commemorating white supremacist revolt

By Tara Mapes | Sep 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Federal agencies will not block the removal of a New Orleans monument that pays tribute to the white supremacist revolt in the Battle of Liberty Place.

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