Criminal law

USA TODAY
December 31, 2017 - 6:31 am
(UNDATED (AP) - Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change and may deserve eventual freedom, the question remains unresolved: Which ones should get a second chance? Now the ruling - which came in the case of a 71-year-old...
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November 30, 2017 - 1:20 pm
(AP) -- Federal prosecutors are recommending that a former Louisiana congressman serve no more jail time now that many of the convictions against him have been overturned. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, has served more than five years in a federal prison after...
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November 30, 2017 - 12:25 pm
(AP) -- A Louisiana prosecutor says a 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a 4-year-old girl and 277 pornography counts. District Attorney Warren Montgomery says William Harvey Watson of Slidell was sentenced Monday to 30 years on the battery charge and 25 years concurrently on...
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November 27, 2017 - 4:14 pm
(AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials are heading to Washington to talk about the state's efforts to revamp the criminal justice system and lessen its top-of-the-nation incarceration rate. The Democratic governor will speak at a Pew Charitable Trusts' event Tuesday. He'll be...
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Chris Miller
November 16, 2017 - 1:21 pm
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says his office is pursuing the death penalty for accused cop-killer Darren Bridges. A grand jury indicted Bridges today on charges of first degree murder in the death of New Orleans Police Office Marcus McNeil. "Under Louisiana law, the penalty for first-degree...
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November 15, 2017 - 9:01 am
A Baton Rouge attorney has been arrested for the second time in as many months on child pornography charges. 36-year-old Victor Loraso, who lives in Covington, is charged with 20 different counts involving possession and distribution of sexual abuse images or videos of minors. Last month, Loraso...
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November 14, 2017 - 3:17 pm
(AP) - A Louisiana man who has spent nearly 50 years in prison will be freed after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson set Wilbert Jones' bail at $2,000 after hearing arguments from defense attorneys and prosecutors in...
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November 14, 2017 - 10:20 am
(AP) _ A Louisiana man could be freed after nearly 50 years in prison for a rape conviction recently thrown out by a judge who concluded authorities withheld evidence. State District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned Wilbert Jones' conviction on Oct. 31, saying the case against him was ``weak...
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