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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US Supreme Court rules juvenile offenders serving life must be given chance at parole
Posted on 1/25/2016 1:47:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Juveniles tried and convicted as adults must be given a shot at parole, the US Supreme Court ruled today on a case out of Baton Rouge. When Henry Montgomery was 17, he killed an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy and has been at Angola since the 1963 murder.
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Bond set at $1 million each for two charged in Jeremy Mardis' death
Posted on 11/9/2015 11:54:00 AM.
Bond for the two men arrested in the death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis has been set at $1 million each.  Norris Greenhouse, Jr. and Derrick Stafford are charged with second degree murder in the child's death.  
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