Proposed constitutional amendment calls for unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases
Posted on 3/19/2018 4:00:00 PM.
A Senate committee hears a constitutional amendment Tuesday from New Orleans Democrat J.P. Morrell that will require a jury’s verdict in a felony trial to be unanimous for conviction. Louisiana and Oregon are the only states that allows for ten out of twelve jurors to agree on a guilty verdict.
 
Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the nation's highest court has heard numerous challenges to Louisiana's "majority rule" standard. 
 
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Grand Jury meets in case of Max Gruver's suspected hazing death
Posted on 12/14/2017 11:20:00 AM.

A Grand Jury meets for the first time today to begin the process of determining if 10 LSU fraternity members should be charged in connection with Maxwell Gruver’s suspected hazing death. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this gives the accused individuals the chance to testify and tell their side of the story.
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Former Congressman William Jefferson to remain free
Posted on 12/1/2017 3:00:00 AM.

Former New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson will remain free. That was the ruling made in his new sentencing hearing on Friday. Jefferson was released from prison last month after serving more than five years of a 13-year sentence on bribery charges. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says federal prosecutors did not want to retry Jefferson after 7 counts of his conviction were tossed out.

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Man freed after serving 45 years after prosecution mishandled evidence
Posted on 11/15/2017 12:12:00 PM.

65-year-old Wilbert Jones is walking away as a free man after serving over 45 years in jail in connection with a 1971 rape and kidnapping of a Baton Rouge nurse. State District Judge Richard Anderson threw his conviction out, because he determined the case against Jones was weak and the prosecution withheld evidence. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino explains.

 
 
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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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