A bill to expand methods to carry out the death penalty and to provide protections for those involved, like drug companies that provide the ingredients used for lethal injection, passed in Senate Judiciary C Monday. Committee members heard from those in favor, like Howard... Read More.
51-year-old Leon Ruffin, who’s been in custody for second-degree murder in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, escaped from the parking lot of Ochsner Westbank Sunday and drove off in a deputy’s marked car. Sheriff Joe Lopinto said Ruffin was being treated for a seizure... Read More.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump was in Avoyelles Parish on Monday as he’s representing Jerome Stevenson. He died while in custody at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s jail in Marksville last November. An inmate and two correction officers have been charged in his murder. Crump... Read More.
Legislation that would require drivers convicted of a DUI to install an ignition locking device in their vehicle unanimously cleared the Senate. Baton Rouge Senator Rick Edmonds says the interlock device will not let the car start unless it knows the driver is sober. “It’s... Read More.
Among the bills filed for the regular legislative session is one to amend definitions related to abortion. New Orleans Representative Candace Newell said her bill clears up confusion so the removal of a miscarriage would not be considered an abortion. “And if that stays in... Read More.
UPDATE – After a hearing held Friday Judge Beau Higginbotham denied the restraining order. “It is clear that a hearing was taken. There was a hearing. It’s clear from testimony that each side was afforded an opportunity. The court does not read in there that... Read More.
The Louisiana House on Friday has approved legislation that expands the methods the state can carry out an execution. Hammond Representative Nicholas Muscarello’s measure would give the state the option to use the electric chair or nitrogen to end the life of a death... Read More.
A bill to double the minimum prison sentence for carjackings receives full passage in the House. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel was questioned by New Orleans Democrat Matthew Williard if the state can handle an influx of prisoners with new laws passed in the crime... Read More.
Legislation that would lower the age from 18 to 17 at which a person charged with a felony could be charged as an adult successfully cleared the Senate in a 30-9 vote. New Orleans Democratic Senator Royce Duplessis says putting juveniles in adult court... Read More.
Governor Landry has sent a letter to USDA requesting they provide much needed federal assistance for Louisiana’s crawfish industry which is struggling to harvest mudbugs this year because of last summer’s drought. Chairman of Crawfish Promotion and Research Board David Savoy says help is needed for farmers... Read More.