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Taryn Blume Developments

Curious Case Pits Cannizzaro & Star Prosecutor Against Investigator for Public Defender

Taryn Blume is having her trial delayed until August 15th with several key rulings expected before that date. Blume is a staff investigator for the Orleans Public Defender accused of impersonating an employee of the District Attorney’s Office while working on the defense of Curtis Hawthorne in 2014. She could face two years in prison if convicted.

Melo's Little Friend (Video)

The Pelicans notched the rare win last night defeating the NY Knicks 99-91. However, the highlight of the evening might have been when Knickerbockers superstar Carmelo Anthony received an unexpected on court visit from a child.

The Lost Cause: Judge Denies Monuments Suit

A campaign to keep several prominent Confederate monuments is truly looking like a lost cause. On Friday (2.05), Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the City from removing statues honoring Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White League.

Monumental Hearing

Recap & Analysis from the Monument Removal Suit

The long running debate about the fate of four Confederate monuments entered an endgame on Thursday (1.14) morning. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (of Deepwater Horizon fame) heard arguments in a case challenging the Council’s 6-1 vote to declare New Orleans’ monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.T. Beauregard, and the Crescent City White Leage a nuisance meriting removal.

Fares at the Fair

You're Allowed to Sell Books in New Orleans Without a Permit

In the city of New Orleans, books are the one item a person can give away or even sell on public property without obtaining permission, or purchasing any sort of permit.

Rainmaker: Judge Reopens 3 Bourbon Clubs

The weekend forecast calls for stormy weather dismaying many. But, on Bourbon Street, a few gentlemen’s clubs are happy that their customers can continue to make it rain. A civil district ruling returned the liquor licenses to three of five strip clubs sanctioned by the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) on Tuesday (10.27).

Slight Court

Federal Judge Smacks Down Jindal's Common Core Suit

Bobby J is busy prepping for this afternoon’s kiddie table debate in California, but this morning a federal judge in Baton Rouge handed the candidate a major defeat. Judge Shelly Dick ruled against Jindal’s efforts to block Common Core.


Mayor Mitch Avoids House Arrest

Mayor’s Mitch’s legal armageddon arrives Friday (9.11). Last week, Civil District Judge Kern Reese found Landrieu in contempt of court. The Mayor was ordered to deliver a plan to pay New Orleans firefighters back wages or face house arrest at 5:00p.m. today. NoDef is staying on the case with regulars updates as the situation unfolds.

Medicaid Escapade

Planned Parenthood Takes Jindal to Court

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is taking the Jindal administration to court. The legal fracas is aimed at blocking the Governor’s plan to cut off funding to the organization.

Same-Sex Couples Finally Free to Marry in Orleans Parish

After a legal battle so complex that it made the BP case look something on Judge Wapner’s docket, same sex couples in New Orleans can finally receive marriage licenses downtown. First, a federal judge overturned Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shortly thereafter, NOLA’s Baton Rouge controlled Office of Vital Records announced that they would begin issuing the license on Thursday (7.02).

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