Crime, Constitutional Conflicts, and Compensation “Round-Up” into One Complex Case for the 19th JDC

Oct. 21, 2014
By Lauren Rivera, Senior Associate

In April 2013, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore held a meeting with suspected members of various local violent groups in an effort to dismantle criminal organizations in Louisiana. Among those summoned by Moore were members and associates of the “Big Money Block Boyz,” one of about 30 active street gangs in Baton Rouge, an organization based out of the criminally concentrated Gardere area. The group is believed to be responsible for years of heavy narcotics trafficking, several shootings, and other acts of violence throughout the parish. At the meeting, community leaders and local law enforcement agencies warned members of the Block Boyz that if the group failed to heed their warning and another homicide occurred, the entire group would become the subject of an investigation.[1]

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Should Louisiana Ante Up to Legalize and Regulate Online Gambling?

Oct. 20, 2014
By Stephen G. Collura, Jr., Senior Editor

We do almost everything on the Internet today. People use the Internet to make purchases, play games, watch movies, and even conduct research for pieces of scholarship. In fact, you are using the Internet to read this article right now. However, if you are in Louisiana, or any state besides Nevada, your other open Internet pages cannot be displaying your winning hand in an online poker game.

In reaction to the wave of Internet gambling[1] that came about during the late 1990s, Congress and several state legislatures, including Louisiana, passed statutes criminalizing online gambling.[2] Although other countries around the world initially took this approach, the United States remains one of the last developed countries to continue to hold steadfast against online gambling[3]—the exceptions being Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.[4]  Many parts of the world have proven that a system of regulation, as opposed to a complete ban, can be successful while still providing protection to participants.[5]

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Editorial Board Holds Orientation for Junior Associates

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The Louisiana Law Review held its annual orientation Sunday afternoon at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center for its newest Junior Associate class. Members of the LSU Law faculty, including Chancellor Jack Weiss, Professor William Corbett, and Professor Phillip Hackney, congratulated the Junior Associates on becoming members of the Law Review. The LSU Law faculty members also advised the Junior Associates on what to expect during their year as a Junior Associate and provided tips on selecting topics for their Comment or Case Note. In addition, the Volume 75 Editorial Board discussed its role in the publication process and shared advice with the Junior Associates.