Why the Secret Recording by Rita LeBlanc of her Grandfather Tom Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, Was not illegal
Why the Secret Recording by Rita LeBlanc of her Grandfather Tom Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, Was not illegal Background Facts As you may know by now, Rita Leblanc, granddaughter of Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans before he died on March 18, 2018, secretly recorded a conversation she had with Benson about why her mother, Renee Leblanc, had contacted Tom Benson’s bookkeeper directly, instead of going through him. The recording was a critical piece of evidence in the family feud between Tom Benson and Renee [...]
Why the Suspect in the Trader Joe’s Shooting In California Could Not Be Guilty Of Murder In Louisiana?
What happened? On Saturday, July 21, 2018, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer fired the bullet that struck and killed a Trader Joe’s employee when LAPD officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect in an attempted murder case. The officer who killed the Trader Joe’s employee was chasing the suspect who was suspected of shooting his grandmother hours earlier in the day and had led officers on a high speed chase in the Hollywood area. After the suspect crashed his car into a utility pole next to the Trader Joe’s store, he fired at police and ran into the store. The [...]
When Can A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) In Louisiana Be Suspended? Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) This blog post will discuss the the circumstances under which a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Louisiana can be suspended for DWI related offenses. La. R.S. 32:414.2 contains different suspension periods for commercial licensees for different offenses, ranging from 60 days to a lifetime suspension or disqualification. A person may not drive a commercial motor vehicle in Louisiana if he is disqualified for any reason. Generally, Louisiana drivers can lose their CDL licenses either on a temporary or permanent basis. The [...]
A protective order is a court-certified document prohibiting the person named in the order from getting within a certain distance of the person who requested that the order be issued. Protective orders, also known as restraining or stay away orders, are mostly used in cases involving domestic abuse, stalking, and sexual assault. If the protective order is violated, the likely consequence is an arrest and a criminal charge. Although obtaining and enforcing a protective order may sound like a rather simple process, the truth is that it involves a number of legal and emotional intricacies. There are three types of protective [...]
With domestic violence cases being discussed almost daily on various media outlets, there is hardly anyone who is not at least slightly familiar with the nature and consequences of these kinds of offenses. However, what often goes unsaid is that law enforcement and the judiciary have zero tolerance for domestic violence cases and are reluctant to show any leniency, often imposing the harshest sentences available. Because domestic violence cases usually occur in family settings or between individuals who are emotionally close -- causing a societal and political condemnation -- they may be extremely hard to defend. Furthermore, what makes defending these [...]
1. Why Ronald Gasser was Found Guilty of Manslaughter of former New York Jets Running Back Joe McKnight? In a nutshell, the jury reached a compromise verdict and found that Ronald Gasser committed manslaughter, not second degree murder. This case is very similar to the verdict in the State of Louisiana versus Cordell Hayes regarding the killing of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. 2. The Charges The defendant, Ronald Gasser, was charged by grand jury indictment with committing the second degree murder of Joe McKnight. The jury found that Gasser was guilty of manslaughter. 3. The Law In Louisiana, [...]