Louisiana Split-Jury Rule Abolished in November Election

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Last month, Louisiana voters amended Article 1, Section 17 of the Louisiana Constitution when they voted to abolish the split-jury rule. Prior to the election, Louisiana was one of two states that did not require a unanimous jury verdict in noncapital criminal cases. The split-jury rule only requires 10 of 12 jurors in a 12-person…


Drugmakers Oppose Separate Opioid Case for Addicted Children

Narcotics Possession in New Orleans

source : Bloomberg News Companies making and distributing opioid painkillers opposed a proposal to separate lawsuits filed on behalf of addicted babies from local governments’ cases aimed at recouping costs of battling the public-health crisis spawned by the drugs. Attorneys for thousands of babies born to opioid addicts asked a panel of federal judges Thursday…


How a DUI Could Affect Your College Career

Drinking and Driving Arrest in New Orleans

Unfortunately, a DUI charge in Louisiana could affect a student’s college career in more ways than one. In addition to sentencing requirements, you could also face future implications. Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities A single DUI charge should not affect a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid. However, an extra charge, such as a drug-related…


When Can a Law Enforcement Officer Search My Car Without a Warrant?

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In Louisiana, there are many ways in which an officer can legally search your vehicle without a warrant: Your consent: Unless other reasons outlined below apply, an officer must have your voluntary consent to search the vehicle. You have the right to refuse an officer from searching your car. Keep in mind, unlocking the doors…


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