Monthly Archives: June 2016

10 high-profile police shootings of black men

10 high-profile police shootings of black men

 

The Associated Press reports that the shooting deaths of two black men within days by law enforcement officers are the latest in a spate of such cases that have made headlines nationwide in recent months.

 

A Minnesota officer fatally shot a man — identified by relatives as 32-year-old Philando Castile — while he was […]

By |June 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Telly Hankton and Walter Porter found guilty

Telly Hankton and Walter Porter found guilty

 

 

John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate reports the murderous saga of Central City drug boss Telly Hankton and his lethal admirers culminated Tuesday in a New Orleans federal courtroom, where a jury returned guilty verdicts on 28 of 35 charges in the racketeering case against Hankton, Uptown hit […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

St. Tammany will ask high court to reconsider decision in fracking case

St. Tammany will ask high court to reconsider decision in fracking case

Robert Rhoden of The Times-Picayune reports that the St. Tammany Parish Council voted 10-2 Wednesday night (June 22) to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision not to hear the parish’s appeal to block an oil drilling project near Mandeville. The vote came after […]

By |June 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling

 

 

Jennifer Haberkorn of Politico reports that the Supreme Court on Monday gave the abortion rights movement its biggest legal victory in a generation, striking down a restrictive Texas law and erecting a legal firewall that could overturn similar state limits on abortion and curtail new ones.

 

The court’s 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Trade with Cuba could be beneficial for Louisiana

Trade with Cuba could be beneficial for Louisiana

 

 

Richard Thompson of The New Orleans Advocate wrote a piece on U.S. trade relations with Cuba on Wednesday (June 22), pointing out that with commercial air service expected to resume to the isolated island nation amid normalizing U.S. relations, Louisiana could reap some benefit from ramping up business […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Gusman relinquishes operational control of Orleans jail

Gusman relinquishes operational control of Orleans jail

 

 

Emily Lane of The Times-Picayune reports that Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is “relinquishing operational control” of the troubled parish jail under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that will give broad powers over the facility to a new compliance director, a federal judge announced Tuesday (June 21).

 

U.S. District Judge Lance […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Juvenile lifers waiting chance for parole

Juvenile lifers waiting chance for parole

 

The Associated Press reports that it’s been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some 2,500 “juvenile lifers” could seek a chance at parole for their childhood crimes, but only a few aging inmates have walked out of prison.

 

Public defenders fear many will need the blessing of a […]

By |June 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

ouisiana’s budget problem could be worse than expected

Louisiana’s budget problem could be worse than expected

Julia O’Donoghue of The Times-Picayune reports that an economist who works on revenue projections for the state believes Louisiana could end the budget cycle June 30 with as much as a $200 million deficit in part because of low corporate tax collections. A shortfall in the current budget would make Louisiana’s budget […]

By |June 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to review Angola prison inmate’s death sentence

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to review Angola prison inmate’s death sentence

 

 

John Simerman and Della Hasselle of The New Orleans Advocate report that the Supreme Court is expected to decide this week whether to hear the case of David Brown, the “Angola 5” member who was accused of plotting to kill a prison guard […]

By |June 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Man in wreck that killed NOPD officer had blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit

Man in wreck that killed NOPD officer had blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit

 

 

Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate reports that the driver who crashed into a parked New Orleans police car on Interstate 10 last week, killing Officer Natasha Hunter, had a blood-alcohol content that was twice the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday.

 

Toxicology […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments