POSTED BY ALEX WOODWARD
Following a federal class action lawsuit filed last year by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and others, a settlement was reached with the state of Louisiana to remove hundreds of people from sex offender registries because of “crimes against nature” by solicitation (CANS) convictions.
Among the defendants in Doe v. Caldwell: Louisiana attorney general Buddy Caldwell, Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc, and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Michael Edmonson.
People convicted under Louisiana’s centuries-old law against solicitation of “crimes against nature” no longer have to register as sex offenders, thanks to a law passed in 2011 that equalizes the penalties for prostitution and solicitation of “crimes against nature” (oral and anal sex) — but the law was not retroactive.
No evidence of cruelty or criminal negligence, AG says
Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell has declined to investigate the death of a research chimpanzee headed to the New Iberia Research Center, saying investigators found no evidence of criminal negligence by the Opelousas company that was transporting the animal when he died.
In a letter dated April 19, Caldwell notified the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that the 8-year-old chimp, named Chaos, did not appear to die as a result of cruelty or neglect, based on a review of documents from a federal investigation into the death.
“While you have proposed a plausible theory that dehydration may have been one factor in the death of Chaos, there is not sufficient evidence to prove this theory,” Caldwell said in the letter.
By John Simerman, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune
Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell’s office has declined to take any action against the judges of Orleans Parish criminal or civil court over their spending on extra insurance and lavish travel. The decision comes four months after the state legislative auditor issued a blistering report on the spending habits of the judges, and more than 18 months after Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro fired off a strident letter to Caldwell, arguing that the supplemental insurance spending was illegal and might warrant booting the judges from the bench.
The legislative auditor’s report found that the 13 Criminal Court judges in Orleans Parish collectively held 249 supplemental insurance policies fully funded by the court. The average judge held 19 policies at a cost of $14,500.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office found that the judges in criminal, civil and city courts illegally used public funds — fees and fines paid by convicts — to buy more than $800,000 in “excessive and unnecessary” insurance above their state-funded plans.
Baton Rouge–Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit, on behalf of the state of Louisiana, against British health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) over its illegal promotion of the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal, Zofran, Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent and Valtrex for off-label, non-covered uses in violation of state laws. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Baton Rouge, has been assigned to Judge Janice Clark of the 19th Judicial District Court.
“GSK’s egregious conduct and greed caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the Louisiana Medicaid Program,” said Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “As Attorney General, I will aggressively pursue and expose pharmaceutical companies who defraud our state and its citizens.”
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