Domestic Violence Bills Advance to the Full Louisiana House for Debate.
Louisiana lawmakers unanimously approved three anti- domestic violence bills into legislation sponsored by state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans. The bills have wide support from a wide range of groups, such as, the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, sheriffs and state police, district attorneys and […]
US Price Fixing Laws Gain a Long Arm
On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced the first successful extradition in a price fixing and market rigging case. A German appeals court had approved the extradition of Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, in February 2014. Germany’s Constitution generally protects […]
Maryland’s state Senate has passed a bill overhauling the state’s medical marijuana law, taking a key step toward making the drug more accessible to patients.
Senate Bill 923, which passed Thursday in a 45-1 vote, would allow patients to be recommended by their doctor for medical marijuana treatment.
Maryland technically legalized medical pot last year. However, the law […]
Supreme Court Takes Case involving the Warrantless Search of Cellphones
One of the biggest Fourth Amendment cases to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent memory will be heard this month.
This is a critical issue, the idea of the police being able to view the contents of your smartphone and see what you have stored […]
Human Trafficking Bills in Baton Rouge.
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved House Bill 569 that would allow courts create specialized divisions to handle human trafficking cases.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has backed the proposal as well as House Bill 1025, by state Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, which institutes harsher punishments for human trafficking and […]
Supreme Court Addresses Guns In Domestic Violence Law Situations…
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court Justices unanimously ruled that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses are barred under federal law from possessing a gun, even though some states do not require proof of physical force for conviction on domestic violence charges.
This ruling makes it all the […]
House Bill 332 Clears Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee
House Bill 332 advances to the full house without objection from Criminal Justice Committee members. House Bill 332 would make heroin possession a crime calling for a mandatory two-year jail sentence. Further, the minimum sentence for distribution doubles from five years to ten years. On Wednesday Louisiana State […]
House Bill 797 – – Proposal to Ban Cellular Phone Use Shelved.
On Monday, March 24, State Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, shelved his own bill — House Bill 797 – in the face of mounting opposition from Transportation Committee members. The bill would ban the use of hand-held cellular telephones while driving shelved.
Louis Fey, chairman […]
On House Bill 278.
A recent committee vote in the Louisiana House voted 14-1 in favor of advancing legislation that would expand how the death penalty is applied in our state. State Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, who alone voted against House Bill 278, has stated that the bill would apply to any prison worker. “If you’re […]
Appeals of two Longview Texas drug convictions led to a far-reaching state Supreme Court decision Thursday that people have the right to privacy in sending and receiving text messages.
In separate 5-4 opinions, the justices overturned two Cowlitz County heroin convictions in cases that hinged on text messages a detective read on someone else’s phone.
“I believe […]