The Federal First Step Act

By Stephen J. Haedicke | May 7, 2019

In late 2018, Congress passed the First Step Act, which became law when the President signed it on December 21, 2018.  Although it is literally just a first step in the process of true criminal justice reform, the Act nevertheless contains a number of very significant reforms for people involved in the federal criminal justice […]

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Stephen Haedicke Moderates a Panel on Overdetention Cases

By Stephen J. Haedicke | March 7, 2019

On February 15, 2019, the Federal Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section presented its second bi-annual Civil Rights CLE, the Civil Rights Etouffee.  As the Chair of the Section, I both helped to organize the Etouffee and served as a moderator during a panel discussion of civil rights cases based on the overdetention of state prisoners […]

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Stephen Haedicke Presents on Defending Political Corruption Prosecutions in Louisiana

By Stephen J. Haedicke | January 3, 2019

In December 2018, I was honored to speak on a panel of attorneys regarding prosecutions of public officials in Louisiana.  The panel was part of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ annual Last Chance Seminar, and the other panelists were Catherine Maraist (Baton Rouge), John McLindon (Baton Rouge), and Elton Richey (Shreveport).  The discussion […]

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A Guide to the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act

By Stephen J. Haedicke | December 3, 2018

In 2017, Louisiana embarked on a bold reform of its criminal justice system, dubbed the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act.  The new law made substantial changes to the criminal justice system in Louisiana, many of which will result in lessening of Louisiana’s notoriously high imprisonment rates.  Sentencing guidelines for many non-violent offenses were reduced, and there […]

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Supreme Court Rules that ADEA Applies to State and Local Governments Regardless of Size

By Stephen J. Haedicke | November 21, 2018

On November 6, 2018, in the case of Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to state and local governments regardless of the number of employees they have.  This contrasts with private employers, who must have at least 20 employees to be […]

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Civil Rights Suit Filed on Behalf of Father of Four Who Died in Custody

By Stephen J. Haedicke | November 15, 2018

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Emily Lane, elane@nola.com Updated Sep 5, 2018; Posted Sep 5, 2018 The protocol for caring for people coming down from heroin at the Orleans Parish jail includes taking their vital signs at least every eight hours, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed this week. The family of a detoxing man who died last November after going […]

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