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Link to Gov. Landry sets wide agenda for special legislative session on crime – Louisiana Illuminator (opens in new window)

The items include expanding methods for administering the death penalty and harsher penalties for carjacking. The governor is also seeking stricter treatment of juvenile offenders and tighter provisions for granting parole.

He is also proposing placement of the state’s indigent defender system under the governor’s office.

Source: LA Illuminator

Link to Former Lafayette Mayor Dud Lastrapes has passed away  (opens in new window)

William Dudley Lastrapes Jr. served as mayor of the city of Lafayette from 1980-1992, prior to implementation of the consolidated form of government that exists today.

He was the first Republican to serve as mayor of the city after Reconstruction, elected at a time when Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the city and parish. That would change over the years, with registered Republicans outnumbering Democrats today.

Source: The Advocate

Link to LDWF, DA’s office bribery case gets familiar lead prosecutor  (opens in new window)

Federal Magistrate Judge Carol Whitehurst on Jan. 31 approved the replacement of Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel McCoy with John Luke Walker in the federal felony case of Dusty Guidry.

McCoy acted as lead attorney in court appearances in December and January by two others involved in the bribery schemes, both of whom pleaded guilty and, like Guidry, are awaiting sentencing.

Source: The Advocate