Impact of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session on Criminal Law- Part 2

By Stephen J. Haedicke | August 21, 2012

Impact of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session on Criminal Law—Part 2 Here is the remainder of my summaries of selected changes to the criminal law made during the 2012 Legislative Session.  Note that this list is not complete; these are just the changes that appeared most important to me. Substantive Criminal Law (Title 14) HB […]

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The Louisiana 2012 Legislative Session- Impacts on Criminal Law

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 26, 2012

This past session in the Louisiana legislature was an active one for the criminal law.  In addition to some laws that did not pass—most notably (and unfortunately) a provision to require prosecutors to divulge all excupatory information to the defense—there were significant changes in a number of areas.  Below is a summary of some of […]

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“We Didn’t Start the Fire”– But the NOPD Did Violate Franks v. Delaware

By Stephen J. Haedicke | July 18, 2012

Quoting Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” federal Judge Carl Barbier recently denied the City of New Orleans’s Motion for Summary Judgment on two plaintiffs’ false arrest claims.  The Law Office represents the two plaintiffs, along with AJ Ibert and JC Lawrence.  The plaintiffs’ claims are based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Franks […]

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A Pony Award for the Law Office

By Stephen J. Haedicke | June 22, 2012

Last Friday, June 15, 2012– the 797th anniversary of the Magna Carta– I was very honored to receive a Pony Award from Sam Dalton and Mary Howell.  Liz Cumming, John Adcock, and Katie Schwartzman were also all recipients What is a Pony Award, you ask?  Well, as Sam and Mary explained, it’s a friendly award […]

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Excessive Force during a Lawful Arrest: Five Cases

By Stephen J. Haedicke | August 29, 2011

At the conclusion of a recent trial, the judge posed a question, “If I find that the defendants (two sheriff deputies) had probable cause to make an arrest of the plaintiff, could I still find that they used excessive force in doing so?”. The answer:  Absolutely.  The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes (for a civil rights case in Louisiana)

By Stephen J. Haedicke | May 17, 2011

There’s an old saying you sometimes here—“What a difference a year makes.”  That’s no where more true than when bringing a § 1983 civil rights complaint in Louisiana. Section 1983 provides a cause of action anytime someone violates your federal civil rights under color of law.  Common examples of § 1983 cases include police brutality […]

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