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For Whom The (Blue) Bell Tolls


Blue Bell is back in Louisiana, but the troubles for the popular southern ice cream makers maybe just starting. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the corporation committed criminal acts while reacting to last year’s Listeria outbreak according to CNN.


Platform for Prosecution: Charges Announced For 2012 Rig Disaster


Cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf takes some serious time. Apparently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also moves at a protracted pace when it comes to leveling criminal charges in relation to these disasters. Still, there ultimately is some action. On Thursday (11.20), the DOJ charged three companies and three individuals in connection with a November 2012 oil rig accident that resulted in the deaths of three men and a spill in the Gulf.


Another FnD Member Pleads Guilty


The DOJ is reporting another victory in the effort to curb gangs in New Orleans by employing RICO Act and other tactics originally devised to combat the Mafia. Another member of the Frenchmen/Derbigny or “FnD” gang plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges. The FnD gang entered the city's awareness after the May 2013 Mother's Day Shooting.


Boob Job: DOJ Says Slidell Man Spent Ponzi Dollars on Implants


Are those real? U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says that for one Slidell man the question applies to both his girlfriend’s breasts and his investments. The DOJ believes that in both cases the answer is a resounding “no.” Subsequently, 64-year-old John Sposato of Slidell was charged Friday (5.22) in a one-count Bill of Information with wire fraud.


Gang Hang: Member of Central City's Young Melph Mafia Gets 13


While the Quarter cleanup is visible to most with Polaris ATV’s and cherries and berries flashing, there is also another battle against crime being waged in Central City. On Tuesday (4.14), yet another gang member from the neighborhood was sentenced as part of the sweep that followed the shooting death of five-year-old Briana Allen.


Bad Apple: School Board Member Charged With Bribery


Ray Nagin may be in a federal prison camp, but the U.S. Attorney’s office is still chasing down public corruption. Today U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite held a press conference to announce charges against Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas.


Feds Slam City on NOPD Consent Decree Claims


The gloves have come off in the City's dispute with the feds over reforming the NOPD. Since reneging on its earlier support for the NOPD consent decree, the City has had plenty to say about the feds and their agreements. On Friday, it was the feds' turn to defend themselves from claims that the agreement designed to implement close to 500 reforms at the New Orleans Police Department was untenable. In a motion so long that it required a separate motion to let the judge know how long it was going to be, the feds issued a harsh rebuke to the City's claims, calling the Landrieu administration "cynical" and egregious distorters, among other things.


Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Disaster Charges, Pays $400 Million


The owner of the Deepwater Horizon pleaded guilty in federal court today, marking the second Big Oozy culprit to stand before a judge and admit guilt in the 2010 oil disaster. In entering the criminal pleading, Transocean LLC agreed to pay $400 million in Clean Water Act, and submit to five years' probation.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo formally accepted the settlement, and imposed the sentence on the Switzerland-based submersible rig company.


Deadlock Ends on OPP Consent Decree


Update 2:30 p.m.

Ending months of stalled negotiations, a proposed consent decree that would serve as a roadmap to reforming Orleans Parish Prison. The feds, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and a group of class-action plaintiffs represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center who sued to stop abuse and neglect of prisoners at the jail, all agreed on the consent decree, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. However, funding leaves the implementation date of the reforms less clear.


Feds Looking to Lock Down OPP Reform


After a couple reports and much talk, the feds signaled that they're ready to take official action against Orleans Parish Prison today. The U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers indicating they want to intervene in a class action lawsuit that challenges the conditions at OPP. The lawsuit, originally brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center against Sheriff Marlin Gusman and his office, lays out many fronts in which the jail's conditions don't meet Consitutional requirements.


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