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March 14, 2005

Sunshine Law Week

In the spirit of Sunshine Week, the Town Talk reports on Louisiana's sunshine laws. In the article, Attorney General Charles Foti notes that the sunshine provision in Louisiana's Constitution does not constitute an absolute guarantee and that it is not totally self-executing. See Article XII, Section 3.

Posted by AJR at 08:01 AM

March 01, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Juvenile Death Penalty Unconstitutional

According to a CNN.com article, the Supreme Court has ruled that executing a person for a crime they committed while still a juvenile violates the 8th amendment. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority in a 5-4 decision.

Posted by Capital Clerks at 09:55 AM

February 28, 2005

Amstrong Airport Legal Fees Down

The Times-Picayne reports that legal fees billed to Louis Armstrong International Airport have been cut in half since Mayor Nagin took office. The reduction in fees is attributed to a number of factors; such as the abolishment of the New Orleans Aviation Board's complex committee system and the work of Courtney Courseault Thornton, who now heads the airport's in-house legal department.

Posted by AJR at 08:03 AM

February 16, 2005

Vioxx MDL Headed to EDLA

Notes from the (Legal) Underground has the scoop on the VIoxx MDL. Evan Schaeffer, the Notes proprietor, has been providing insights regarding this litigation from its start.

Posted by AJR at 09:56 PM

January 17, 2005

Follow-ups on Rideau

The Times-Picayune reports on Wilbert Rideua's first day as a free man. In the time since his release, Rideau has already been contacted by "Nightline," "Dateline NBC," and the "Today" Show, in addition to book and movie agents. Apparently a pragmatic, Rideau has conducted a few interviews already, but indicates that he will take time to evaluate his options, noting:"I don't even have health insurance. I guess I'll see what offers come in."

The Advocate also offers this AP story, which provides a few insights into his prison life and outlines some of his future plans.

Posted by AJR at 09:52 AM

January 14, 2005

Malpractice Insurance Rates Drive Tort Reform

Medical malpractice insurance premiums are driving the issue of tort reform across the country. A New York Times article (registration required) states that in some states Democrats and Republicans are banding together to institute limits on medical malpractice awards.

Posted by AJH at 03:17 PM
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