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August 2012 Archives

Man indicted of 1987 rape, faces life in prison if convicted

Earlier this month, a Baton Rouge man was indicted on charges of rape connected to an incident that took place in 1987 at the Bellemont Hotel on Airline Highway. The 47-year-old man was specifically charged with aggravated rape of a 32-year-old woman.

Former LSU cornerback in rehab, not playing in 2012 season

Former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, a native of New Orleans, is reportedly in drug rehabilitation in Houston at former NBA star John Lucas' Treatment center, and will apparently be sitting out this season. According to LSU football coach Les Miles, Mathieu was permanently dismissed from the team for rules violations and behavioral issues.

Federal agency wants ignition interlock devices to be used more widely

In a recent post, we mentioned recent research published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over two-thirds of drunk-driving deaths in 2010 involved drivers that had a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher. That means 7,145 out of 10,228, or 79 percent.

Community health centers marked by Medicare fraud in Louisiana, other states

Health care fraud is a big industry, and the federal government has increased its efforts in recent years to battle the problem. While some states take the problem very seriously, others pay less attention to the problem.

NHSTA seeks to entice states to make wider use of ignition interlock devices

Federal officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced plans to issue regulations to motivate other states to pass tougher drunk driving laws. The announcement, which came Tuesday, followed upon the state of Virginia's passage of a law requiring first-time drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles.

Young man on trial for murder allegedly confessed to five other murders

The man accused of shooting to death a Terry Boyd, a Baton Rouge man, back in 2009 recently argued that the jury that tries his case shouldn't be allowed to hear a full confession to police in which he allegedly admits to involvement in a handful of other killings in Baton Rouge. In that interview, he allegedly told Baton Rouge police he was involved in six killing.

LSU professors speak about crime culture in Baton Rouge

While the criminal process focuses on charges, evidence, guilt, and innocence, the reality behind the crime is multifaceted and complex. Crime never occurs in a vacuum, and researchers can point to various factors that make for a favorable environment for crime.

Judge recuses himself in cases involving 2009 murder

We wrote some time ago about the case of rapper Torence Hatch, known as "Lil Boosie." As we noted, Hatch was acquitted of charges first degree murder stemming from allegations that he paid a hitman to kill an individual. Interestingly, the judge in charge of that case recently disqualified himself from presiding over the trials of two other men accused of having involvement in the 2009 murder.

Even after bans, problem of synthetic drug use remains, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about synthetic bath salts, and the efforts of law enforcement across the country to manage the growing problem. As we noted, President Obama recently made permanent a ban on "bath salts" drugs and expanded the types of drugs covered by the ban

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