Louisiana Supreme Court

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A sort of “Re-do” bill has been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative regular session by Metairie Senator Conrad Appel. Senate Bill 31 disqualifies would be candidates from running for office after convicted of a felony for at least 15 years after they have served a sentence. Voters approved this legislation before, but the Louisiana Supreme Court tossed it out, because the version that appeared on the ballot was different than what legislators approved. So Appel wants to put it on the ballot again.


State Seeks To Reinstate 1974 Rape Conviction Against Man

Dec 4, 2017
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Just weeks after Wilbert Jones was exonerated and released from prison after serving nearly 46 years for rape, prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his conviction.

Multiple media outlets report East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors Friday urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate Jones' 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse.

Jones was released on bail Nov. 15 after a judge ruled prosecutors held back evidence from the defense during the original trial.

Stabbing, Dismemberment Conviction Stands In Louisiana

Oct 18, 2017
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 The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a man convicted of killing a French Quarter dancer and dismembering her body.

 All seven justices initialed the "action sheet" denying the request from Terry Speaks, who is serving life in prison for the 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.

 He acted as his own attorney, with another inmate preparing the document.

The former mayor of a Louisiana city has won a new trial on a malfeasance charge.

Leslie Thompson is the former mayor of Jonesboro in north Louisiana. He was convicted in 2013 on three counts of malfeasance. In one count, prosecutors said he illegally denied the state legislative auditor access to Jonesboro's financial records. Two other counts said he used city money to pay benefits to people who weren't eligible for them.

On Monday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled there was insufficient evidence for conviction on the two counts dealing with benefits.