Do Louisiana's 10-2 jury verdicts violate the United States Constitution?
Posted on 9/25/2017 6:58:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
The US Supreme Court is expected today decide today whether to accept a petition by a New Orleans man who was convicted on a 10-2 vote of murder in 2015. Louisiana is one of two states where a unanimous decision is not necessary for a felony.
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Legal issues could be a problem in suspected hazing case at LSU
Posted on 9/19/2017 2:58:00 PM.
There could be a number of legal issues if any type of hazing related charges are pressed against fraternity members at LSU where an 18-year-old pledge died last week. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says a major grey area in a case like that of Max Gruver, is whether the hazing victim consented to some extent.
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Judge to hand down sentencing in Will Smith shooting Friday
Posted on 4/19/2017 2:17:00 PM.

Cardell Hayes, the man who shot and killed former Saints star Will Smith, will not receive a new trial. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras rejected a motion for a new trial.

On Wednesday, Hayes attorneys had a man testify that he heard two different gunshots on the night Smith was killed, but testimony was reportedly bizarre and now Hayes is set to be sentenced on Friday.
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Derrick Stafford sentenced to 40 years for fatal shooting of 6-year-old autistic boy
Posted on 3/31/2017 1:19:00 PM.

Former Marksville City Marshal, Derrick Stafford, who fatally shot a six-year-old autistic boy during a chase has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Stafford was convicted of manslaughter. State Judge Billy Bennett ordered Stafford must severe at least 20 years before he’s eligible for parole. More

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Accused Endymion drunk driver faces 22 additional charges
Posted on 2/28/2017 1:34:00 PM.

The accused drunk driver in the Endymion parade crash is facing more and more charges and the victim count rises. Neilson Rizzuto has been charged with an additional 22 counts of negligent vehicular injury. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says that number could still go up because the victim count is up to 32.
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Legal analyst says manslaughter fits evidence in Cardell Hayes trial
Posted on 12/12/2016 11:38:00 AM.

Cardell Hayes has been found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of former-Saints player Will Smith. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says it isn’t surprising the jury went for the manslaughter charge. He says the verdict is consistent with the evidence.
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Saints players show up in support of Will Smith on first day of trial
Posted on 12/6/2016 5:50:00 PM.

The first day of the murder trial for former-Saints star Will Smith was filled with emotional testimony. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says the biggest surprise was that former running back Deuce McAllister took the stand early in the day to testify about his friendship with Smith and his time with the Saints.
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Congressman Boustany suing over prostitution claims
Posted on 10/4/2016 12:02:00 PM.

Congressman Charles Boustany has filed a lawsuit against author Ethan Brown and publisher Simon and Schuster after a recently released book claims Boustany had relationships with prostitutes in Jefferson Davis Parish. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this will be an uphill battle, because it’s hard to prove Brown wrote these allegations with actual malice.
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High court ruling on Texas abortion law could mean Louisiana is next
Posted on 6/27/2016 12:09:00 PM.

The Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law today, which could mean a similar Louisiana law is coming off the books as well. The law required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals, and Louisiana has similar legislation. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says the ramifications of this ruling could reach into our state.
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Federal judge strikes down abortion law
Posted on 1/26/2016 6:28:00 PM.
A federal judge in Baton Rouge strikes down a Louisiana law that required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this very same case in March.
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