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    This Blog is for general information purposes only.  While we do our best to keep all our posts updated, the Louisiana legislature makes changes to our laws every year.  Unfortunately, we sometimes unintentionally fail to make appropriate updates.  If you have any specific questions, please contact our firm.  We are here to assist you with your… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Supreme Court Rules Executions Performed With Controversial Drugs Not Unconstitutional Another day, another 5-4 split on the U.S. Supreme Court along ideological lines. I’m referring to the recent high-court decision in which held that executions carried out by a controversial three-drug protocol did not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. Lead… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Search and Seizure, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Florence vs. County of Burlington: United States Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches in Jails are always Legal Recently, I had a client who was charged with with simple possession of marijuana. He was actually arrested for an outstanding traffic ticket attachment when the deputies allegedly found a joint on him after a strip search…. Read more »

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  Carjacking Crimes — Federal Law The statute for federal carjacking is found at 18 U.S.C.A. § 2119. Under federal law, carjacking is the taking of a motor vehicle that has been transported, shipped, or received in interstate or foreign commerce from the person or presence of another by force and violence or by intimidation, or… Read more »

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  Issues of Privacy Rights Pertaining to Computers and other Electronic Devices Winding Their Way Through the Courts In a separate web posting I detailed the ruling and background pertaining to Riley v. California, a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision which said that police cannot search the contents of a cell phone without a judicial… Read more »

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  Riley v. California: Supreme Court of the United States Says Law Enforcement May Not Look at Contents of Cell Phone without Warrant Can a cop seize your smart phone or flip-top phone and have his way with it — combing through such devices (despite the lack of a search warrant) in a desperate effort… Read more »

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  Failure to pay bridge or bridge-causeway toll — La. R.S. 14:71.2 Have you ever wondered, what happens to that guy in front of you who just plows through the toll booth without paying? The law in Louisiana for this offense is very specific. A Failure to pay bridge or bridge-causeway toll is the intentional… Read more »

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  Court Agrees to Hear Matter Pertaining to Exclusion of Black Jurors in Georgia Murder Trial – Foster v. Humphrey The famous U.S. Supreme Court case of Batson v. Kentucky in 1986 ruled that prosecutors could not use peremptory challenges (the dismissal of jurors without having to state a valid cause) during a criminal trial… Read more »

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  Summary of a Fourteenth Amendment Landmark Case: Batson v. Kentucky 476 U.S. 79 (1986) Facts: When selecting a jury, both parties may remove potential jurors using an unlimited number of challenges for cause (e.g., stated reasons such as bias) and a limited number of peremptory challenges (i.e., do not need to state a reason)…. Read more »

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  Medicare Fraud and Abuse New Orleans Attorney Medicare fraud is typically characterized by: Knowingly submitting false statements or making misrepresentations of fact in order to obtain a federal health care payment for which no entitlement would otherwise exist; Billing for services not rendered or supplies not furnished, including falsifying records. Knowingly billing for services… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Child Pornography Defense, Sex Crimes, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Supreme Court ruling Outlines Limits on Child Pornography Restitution Should those who download child porn pay the victims?   A while back, I wrote a couple blogs about the legal battle concerning restitution between people who have pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and the victims in the photographs. See here and here…. Read more »