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CRIMINAL

1.Non-capital offenses joined with capital offense acquired time limit of capital offense.
State v. Terry L. Clarkson, 2010-KK-1625 (La. 10/29/10) [2 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          In a November 2007 grand jury indictment against defendant, the State joined a capital charge of first-degree murder with 5 other coun... view full summary
2.No abuse of discretion where application for post-conviction relief was dismissed without a hearing.
State v. Henrietta Williams, 2009-KP-2832 (La. 11/12/10) [1 p.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Defendant applied for post-conviction relief, and the district court dismissed the application without a hearing. On appeal, the Third... view full summary
3.Probable cause existed where defendant had no prescription for pills.
State v. Jermaine Page, 2010-KK-2522 (La. 11/12/10) [1 p.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Defendant was arrested when an officer determined that pills in defendant's possession were not over-the-counter medications and that ... view full summary
4.Revisions to Code Crim. P. art. 648 applied retroactively: defendants remanded to the custody of Department of Health and Hospitals.
State v. Anthony Morgan, 2010-KK-1728 (La. 11/19//20) [2 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Defendants are 6 individuals, each charged with criminal offenses in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans between... view full summary
5.Defendant not entitled to new trial although victim testified by closed-circuit t.v.
State v. Terri Cox, 2010-KK-2072 (La. 11/19/10) [2 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Defendant was charged with the aggravated rape of a 5-year-old girl. The district court allowed the victim to testify at trial via clo... view full summary
BAR / DISCIPLINARY / ETHICS

6.Former 1st JDC judge permanently disbarred.
In Re: Michael R. Walker, 2010-B-2175 (La. 11/19/10) [6 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          In 1995, Michael R. Walker assumed the office of judge of the 1st Judicial District Court for the Parish of Caddo. In October 200... view full summary
CIVIL PROCEDURE

7.City court had jurisdiction where plaintiffs expressly limited their damages to jurisdictional maximum.
Audrey Thompson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 2010-C-1244 (La. 11/19/10) [5 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Audrey Thompson was injured in a multi-car accident caused by Chad Harp. She sued Harp and his insurer, State Farm. Harp's State Farm ... view full summary
8.Proper venue for "Road Home" litigation was East Baton Rouge.
Jake Impastato v. State of Louisiana, 2010-CC-1998 (La. 11/19/10) [2 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          These consolidated cases are suits between property owners, their attorneys, and the State concerning the allocation of settlement and... view full summary
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

9.15th JDC non-capital criminal allotment system valid.
State v. Scott Allen Cooper, 2010-KK-2344 (La. 11/16/10) [30 pp].
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          The 15th Judicial District Court (15th JDC) is composed of the parishes of Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion. The 13 judges of the 15th... view full summary
DOMESTIC RELATIONS

10.Implicit in prior opinion was reversal of visitation schedule.
Bradley Griffith v. Resa Latiolais, 2010-CJ-0754 (La. 11/17/10) [1 p.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          In this child custody dispute, the Court issued an opinion on October 19, 2010, reversing the Third Circuit's award of sole custody to... view full summary
CRIMINAL

11.Voluntary inculpatory statements should not have been suppressed.
State v. Arlyn Square, 2010-KK-2414 (La. 11/03/10) [2 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          Defendant "blurted out" inculpatory statements, which he later moved to suppress. The district court suppressed the statements. The Co... view full summary
12.D.A. could change order of cases on priority list.
State v. Michael Chapman, 2010-KK-1510 (La. 10/29/10) [3 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 18, Issue 11

          In accord with the protocol of the Ouachita Parish D.A.'s office, the State furnished its priority list to defendant 3 weeks before hi... view full summary