Everyone understands that life behind bars is very difficult. Those sentenced to serve time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary have long, trying times ahead of them. Those who work at the prison located about 150 miles east of Lake Charles often struggle, too, trying to get by on low wages as they spend significant portions of their days behind bars as well.
About 80 miles east of Lake Charles, you'll find in Lafayette parish the town of Broussard. A 32-year-old mother there recently spent a night in jail after being arrested for what many observers believe is not only a miscarriage of justice, but also a violation of her civil rights.
Marijuana laws vary greatly throughout the United States and reflect a confusing mix of statutes that allow varying degrees of freedom to possess and use cannabis. Make no mistake: Louisiana is not among the group of states that has loosened its weed laws.
The investigation began last year as summer was just beginning. It recently reached its conclusion with the filing of criminal charges for malfeasance in office and payroll fraud against Louisiana Tax Commission administrator Charles K. Abels III.
According to a Lake Charles TV news report, seven people have been arrested in connection with a pawn shop burglary and home invasion. The incidents apparently took place about two hours north of Lake Charles in Vernon Parish.
We have not seen much bipartisanship in this year’s Congress, but it has finally reared its head as the end of 2018 is just days away. A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats that include lawmakers, prosecutors and defense attorneys across the nation are getting closer and closer to passing a criminal justice reform known as the First Step Act.
When couples marry, they often vow to have and to hold their spouse for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. One Louisiana sheriff is accused of taking his wedding vows too far after he allegedly allowed her to drive a marked police vehicle though her driver’s license was suspended.
There is irony in the title of Jay Z’s debut album – “Reasonable Doubt” – and an annual concert recently promoted by the music legend. A 22-year-old Louisiana man was flown to the show as a special guest where he was cheered by concert-goers celebrating his freedom.
In many situations, white collar criminal investigations can stretch out over weeks and months and in some cases, even longer. An investigation of two women who live about 200 miles due north of Lake Charles began about six months ago, according to news reports.
Change has swept across the nation in recent years, with a number of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Those changes have yet to reach Louisiana, however. We continue to have some of the strictest drug laws in the U.S.