One mistake can cost you dearly. If you had it to do over again, you might take a different direction, walk a better path, and that choice would change the way your life is going. If you are one of the many people in Louisiana with a criminal record, you already know how hard a conviction will make it for you to succeed. For years to come, it may seem like everywhere you go, your record is a roadblock that keeps you in the same place.
Comedian Kevin Hart-who performed at the Baton Rouge River Center last August-was recently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Mercedes came close to colliding with a tanker truck on a freeway in Southern California. According to California Highway Patrol, Hart appeared intoxicated when he was pulled over in the early morning hours on Sunday in Los Angeles.
A 24-year-old East Baton Rouge man and his father, who were facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly beating another man, are now facing charges of second-degree murder and fugitive from justice. Both the man and his father were arrested and charged in connection with the incident, but now they faced upgraded charges.
A 30-year-old suspect is currently the target of a search currently being conducted by New Orleans police in connection with the shooting of a man in eastern New Orleans on Monday night.
Following a search of an off-campus frat house, two Tulane University students have reportedly been charged with a variety of drug offenses including possession with intent to distribute "Molly," a more pure form of the drug ecstasy. The frat house was reportedly searched after the students accepted a package containing the drug at Kappa Sigma Fraternity house in Uptown.
East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty in a murder case involving Dominique Dantoni Smith, a man accused of taking the life of his former girlfriend and her 3-year-old son. In that incident, which reportedly took place at a park near Zachary in May 2008, Smith was also accused of cutting the throat of his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter.
A driver accused of killing a cyclist and critically injured another cyclist in a January 2012 accident on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge has been charged with vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and second-offense DUI. The driver has reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges
Earlier this month two Baton Rouge men were arrested after being accused of the murder of a man in Sorrento on January 12th. Gerald Wilkins was reportedly found shot to death on the side of a road in what authorities are calling an execution style slaying. Both the victim and the suspects are from Baton Rouge.
We recently told our readers about an Ohio rape case that made national news after social media sites began to discuss the issue. As we noted, the press the case has received has not been particularly helpful for the defendants, who now face the added challenge of public judgment before they are tried in a court of law. Now, social media is being used in support of pending legal arguments for both the alleged victim and the defendants, creating a unique dynamic between prosecution, defense, and the jury.
Baton Rouge's high murder rate will reportedly be a focus in the coming year. According to Baton Rouge Police, unofficial estimates indicate the city's murder rate rose slightly in 2012. Over the course of the year, 67 people were murdered within city limits, which is about a five percent increase from 2011.