A vicious and reportedly unprovoked attack in Baton Rouge has revived debate about hate crimes. The incident resulted in a family of three being badly beaten. One man was charged with felony second-degree battery and two other individuals were charged with misdemeanor battery.
Sometimes a change in law or circumstances will prompt a judge to take a second look at a prisoner's sentence. Resentencing brings up important issues of criminal defense. Recently, a Louisiana judge has reduced the sentence of a man convicted for his role in a fatal car accident last year, saying that a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision would have unfairly kept the man in prison for the rest of his life.
In recent years, smoke shops across the country have sold synthetic marijuana as a supposedly legal alternative to prohibited drugs. However, Louisiana and a number of other states now outlaw the substance, treating it much like other controlled substances, with the same type of penalties associated with traditional drug charges.
A Louisiana man was recently sentenced to three years of probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay a share of a $160,000 settlement as part of a federal investigation into corruption in Jefferson Parish. The man pleaded guilty last year to charges of fraud and theft. He could have been sentenced to as many as six months in prison.
The Louisiana Attorney General's office recently announced that nine men had been arrested and charged with child pornography offenses after an undercover sting operation. The Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force organized the sting, named "Operation Blackjack," with the help of federal, state and local investigators in South Louisiana. The men will now face numerous federal charges related to possession, distribution and, in one case, production of child pornography. Investigators said they are continuing their work, and there may be more charges in the future.