Stephen Haedicke Secures Significant Win for his Client in the Fifth Circuit

By Stephen J. Haedicke | January 10, 2024

In a notable victory for his client, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in United States v. Julius Cerdes, a case in which Stephen Haedicke is representing Mr. Cerdes in his efforts to have a 2006 federal drug conviction vacated based on the misconduct of now imprisoned ex-DEA Agent Chad […]

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Stephen Haedicke to Present Drugs, Lies, and the DEA: The Chad Scott Story and its Lessons for Criminal Justice Attorneys

By Stephen J. Haedicke | October 4, 2023

Next week, on October 11, 2023, Stephen Haedicke will join reporters Jim Mustian and Faimon Roberts in presenting Drugs, Lies, and the DEA: The Chad Scott Story and its Lessons for Criminal Justice Attorneys. Here is the description for this one hour CLE at the New Orleans Bar Association: You may have seen the headlines— […]

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2023 Amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines

By Stephen J. Haedicke | September 4, 2023

For the first time in several years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has a quorum of Commissioners such that the Commission was able to issue amendments to the federal Sentencing Guidelines. A useful summary of the upcoming amendments, which go into effect November 1, 2023, can be found at the following site:

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New Laws in Louisiana- 2023

By Stephen J. Haedicke | August 23, 2023

A number of new laws went into effect on August 1, 2023. The helpful AP News article linked below rounds up some of the more consequential and controversial.

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DOJ Civil Rights Division Moves to Intervene in Support of Plaintiffs Fighting Radical Overhaul of Jackson, MS Criminal Justice System

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 17, 2023

In a powerful show of support, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division filed a motion to intervene to support Plaintiffs challenging a recent state take-over of the criminal justice system in Jackson, MS (Hinds County). Labeling the take over racially discriminatory, the DOJ alleges that the new laws, which create a special district in […]

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NPR Reports on Unexpected Consequences of Drug Busts: More Overdose Deaths

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 7, 2023

This past week, NPR reported on the surprising results of a rigorous new study that concluded that large drug busts actually result in more overdose deaths. The study found that the busts destabilized illegal markets, which in turn led to people taking sometimes deadly risks in acquiring and using illegal drugs. The findings have important […]

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