Sexual harassment victims protected in new Louisiana laws

By Julia O’Donoghue | NOLA.com Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two new laws this week meant to protect people who complain about sexual harassment and other misconduct from being silenced. Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, sponsored both measures, and they go into effect Aug. 1. The first will prevent people accused of sexual misconduct from …

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Bill to outlaw animal sex abuse in Louisiana gets final OK in Legislature

By Katie Gagliano | The Advocate A bill to strengthen and modernize Louisiana’s anti-bestiality law finally passed the Senate Monday and will head to the governor for approval after surprise backlash throughout the legislative process. Senate Bill 236 by Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, passed in a 36-1 vote after lawmakers approved House amendments. The …

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The New York Times: When Jurors Are Silenced

By The New York Times Editorial Board How many jurors does it take to deliver a guilty verdict? In 48 states, the answer is simple: All of them. Juries in felony cases must agree unanimously in order to convict. The rule is the same in federal trials, and for good reason. It reflects the centuries-old …

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