|Posted on 5/13/2018 2:54:00 PM.|
A constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials is scheduled to be taken up by the House Monday. Louisiana is one of two states that does not require unanimous jury decisions.
Legal analyst Tim Meche says Louisiana’s outlier verdict system influences DAs to charge suspects with crimes that have longer sentences, just to have a better chance at conviction.
|House, non unanimous jury verdicts, Tim Meche, guilty, |
|Posted on 1/18/2018 4:01:00 PM.|
|Frank Selas, known as Mr. Wonder on a Monroe children’s television show in the 1970s, accepted a plea deal in Rapides Parish, where he’ll serve five years for sexually assaulting a child during a camping trip in 1979. Selas gets two years credited for time served and will not have to register as a sex offender since the sex offender registry didn’t exist when the crime was committed. Legal analyst Tim Meche says this is exactly how a plea agreement is supposed to work.More|
|Frank Selas, Tim Meche, Mr. Wonder, Mike Small, Rapides Parish, KNOE-TV|
|Posted on 1/12/2018 12:22:00 PM.|
26-year-old Neilson Rizzoto was sentenced to five years in prison today after plowing into a crowd of parade goers during last year’s Mardi Gras Endymion parade in New Orleans. The crash injured 32 people and police said Rizzuto had a .232 blood alcohol level. The court also is ordering him to attend AA and MADD meetings. Legal analyst Tim Meche says Rizzoto should be thankful he gets another chance…
|Neilson Rizzuto, Endymion Parade, Tim Meche|
|Posted on 12/11/2017 5:23:00 PM.|
A 32-year-old Lafayette man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to using President Donald Trump’s social security number to try and obtain a copy of the president’s federal tax information. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says Jordan Hamlett will likely get probation or very little time. He says no harm was done by Hamlett’s actions.
|Jordan Hamlett, Donald Trump, tax returns, Tim Meche|
|Posted on 9/28/2017 11:33:00 AM.|
A week after multiple Louisiana Sheriff’s Offices filed suit against several opioid manufacturers, the state Department of Health has filed its own lawsuit claiming these drug companies have helped fuel the Bayou State’s severe opioid epidemic.
Legal Analyst Tim Meche says this is a very trendy lawsuit now.More
|opioid, opioid epidemic, Tim Meche, LDH|
|Posted on 9/25/2017 7:03:00 AM.|
Michelle Southern reporting.
A hearing is set for today on a motion to change the venue of Norris Greenhouse Jr.’s trial. He and Derrick Stafford, former Marksville City Marshals, are accused in the death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. Stafford was already convicted for attempted manslaughter and manslaughter in Avoyelles Parish. Legal Analyst Tim Meche believes there’s a good chance Greenhouse’s trial will be moved.
|norris greenhouse jr., jeremy mardis, tim meche|
|Posted on 7/7/2017 2:15:00 PM.|
Michelle Southern reporting.
One of the officers wounded in the deadly ambush on cops in Baton Rouge last year is suing leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. On July 17th, 2016, 29-year-old Gavin Long killed three officers and wounded three others in a targeted attack. The suit accuses Black Lives Matter of inciting violence.
|black lives matter, tim meche, gavin long, nick tullier|
|Posted on 5/25/2017 10:48:00 AM.|
A state judge has ruled Ronald Gasser’s arrest in a similar road rage incident can be admitted in his trial in the shooting death of former-NFL player Joe McKnight. Legal analyst Tim Meche says like most states, Louisiana allows prior incidents of a similar nature into evidence if it is relevant. But he says in this case, it’s a stretch for the prosecutor.
|Tim Meche, Ronald Gasser, Joe McKnight, road rage|
|Posted on 4/27/2017 11:49:00 AM.|
The former Destrehan High School teacher who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old student isn’t out of the woods yet. Shelley Dufrense was found not guilty of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Jefferson Parish, but the victim’s family has a civil suit pending in St. Charles Parish against the 34-year-old. Legal analyst Tim Meche says Wednesday’s verdict shouldn’t affect the outcome of the civil suit.
|Tim Meche, Shelley Dufrense, Destrehan High School, |
|Posted on 4/20/2017 4:33:00 PM.|
The Orleans District Attorney’s office says they are disappointed Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for a fatal road rage shooting in New Orleans that left former Saints star Will Smith dead and his wife, Raquel, injured. Legal analyst Tim Meche believes Judge Camille Buras handed down a fair sentence.
|Cardell Hayes, Will Smith, Tim Meche, |
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