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1.Court permanently disbars former Lafayette assistant DA involved in bribery scheme.
In Re: Gregory F. Williams, Sr., 2016-B-1253 (La. 12/06/16) [12 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     While employed as an assistant DA for the 15th JDC, Parish of Lafayette, respondent was the prosecuting attorney for all DWI cases disposed of by "immediate 894 plea." Thr... view full summary

2.No justiciable controversy existed in case brought against State by school boards.
St. John the Baptist Parish School Board v. State of Louisiana, 2015-CA-1659 (La. 12/05/16) [4 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     Plaintiffs successfully sought from the district court a declaration that 2010 HCR 234 and 2011 HCR 130 violated the Louisiana Constitution. Those House Concurrent Resolut... view full summary
3.Statute providing civil immunity to public entities regarding Hurricane Katrina operations could not be applied retroactively.
Dana Johno v. John Doe, 2016-CA-0087 (La. 12/06/16) [8 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     At the time that Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, plaintiff was the owner of a house in Buras, Louisiana that was physically moved by the floodwaters onto... view full summary

4.Court strikes part of legislative sales tax exclusion, making it optional for all parishes.
Arrow Aviation Co., LLC V St. Martin Parish School Board Sales Tax Department, 2016-CA-1132 (La. 12/06/16) [15 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     Plaintiff does business in St. Martin Parish, where it leases and repairs helicopters. Its business includes repairing helicopters for out-of-state cust... view full summary

5.Court sets standards for prior bad acts evidence, striking down clear and convincing burden of Prieur, but requiring hearing.
State v. Joseph Taylor, 2016-KK-1124 (La. 12/01/16) [24 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     In 2014 defendant was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The State filed a notice pursuant to State v. Prieur,... view full summary

6.Court denies post-conviction relief to death row defendant convicted of 1995 murder of taxi driver.
State v. Teddy Chester, 2015-KP-2304 (La. 12/16/16) [29 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     Defendant and Elbert Ratcliff were charged in 1996 with first degree murder as a result of the death of taxi driver John Adams. Adams was found inside his taxi... view full summary
7.Fourth Circuit correctly reversed district court's order of new trial for death row defendant convicted of 1995 restaurant murder.
State v. Rogers Lacaze, 2016-KP-0234 (La. 12/16/16) [18 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     In 1995 the Kim Anh Vietnamese restaurant in New Orleans East was robbed and three people there murdered ? siblings Cuong Vu and Ha Vu, who were employed at ... view full summary
8.Court affirms first degree murder conviction and death sentence for "Angola Five" inmate.
State v. Jeffrey Clark, 2012-KA-0508 (La. 12/19/16) [154 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 24, Issue 12
     Defendant and fellow inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola were part of a botched plan to escape from prison. Their plan was to overpower guards in the Ca... view full summary