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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
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Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
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More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
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The jury had been picked but not sworn when the murder trial of Robyn Little Davis and Carol Noland "Sissy" Saltzman came to a halt last year when the prosecutor became ill.
Judge David Ritchie granted a continuance and defense attorneys have argued since then that the delay was unfair and prejudicial to the women, because it amounts to the state getting another chance to which defense attorney Glen Vamvoras says they are not entitled. "They got a trial run in November and now they're going to come back with having shored up some deficiencies that were apparent in November."
But Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says defense attorneys often make that argument. "It is not unusual for defense lawyers to take a position that basically any action we take, particularly when it's out of the ordinary normal course of events, should result in charges being dismissed. That is not uncommon at all."
The judge granted a continuance but the Third Circuit Court of Appeal says it was really a recess-- because the judge had no authority to grant a continuance and that the trial should go an as soon as possible with the original jury if that doesn't prejudice either side. DeRosier said even if the state called it a continuance at the time it was a recess. "We sometimes use words in their generic sense, like continuance as opposed to recess, but we argued on appeal in our brief that this was a recess and perfectly legal to do under the law."
Vamvoras says he's never heard of such a recess, "We've been five months since the jury was sent home unsworn. That's the longest recess I've heard of."
Defense attorneys plan to file papers by the end of the week asking the State Supreme Court to review the case and put the trial set for April 23 on hold. Still, for now, both sides say they are preparing for this month.