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 1998 News Releases

News Release #011

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE # 011


FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA


The opinions handed down on the 6th day of February, 1998 , are as follows:

BY LEMMON, J. :

97-C - 1178 SHERRIE JEAN EDDLEMON BAILEY v. JAMES MARVIN BAILEY (Parish of Rapides)

Accordingly, that portion of the judgments of the lower courts declaring the funds credited to the DROP account between the date of the termination of the community and the date of the completion of the DROP program to be Mr. Bailey's separate property is set aside. Judgment is rendered declaring these funds to be community property to the extent of 53.65 percent.

KNOLL, J. - not on panel, recused. Rule IV, Part 2, §3.

CALOGERO, C.J. - additionally, assigns concurring reasons.

TRAYLOR, J. - concurs in part and dissents in part.

BY JOHNSON, J. :

97-C - 0541 TOMMY LEE EVANS v. DONNA COODY LUNGRIN (Parish of Beauregard)

C/W

97-C - 0577 For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the court of appeal's decision insofar as it affirms the trial court's award of joint legal custody. We reverse the court of appeal's decision insofar as it amends the trial court's judgment to designate Donna Coody Lungrin as the domicilary parent. We further reverse the trial court's judgment, as amended and affirmed by the court of appeal, insofar as it awards equal, alternating split physical custody to Donna Coody Lungrin and Tommy Lee Evans. We remand the case to the trial court for the rendering of a joint custody implementation order, the appointment of, and evaluation by, an independent expert, and the designation of a domicilary parent, if appropriate, all consistent with the reasoning expressed herein.

AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.

CALOGERO, C.J. - not on panel. Rule IV, Part 2, §3.

VICTORY, J. - concurs.

97-O - 1291 IN RE: HAYWARD CEDOTAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE WARD 2, ASSUMPTION PARISH STATE OF LOUISIANA

(Judiciary Commission)

For the foregoing reasons, we find that the mandatory retirement provision of La. Const. art. V, §23(B) is inapplicable to Justices of the Peace. Accordingly, the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission is rejected.

RECOMMENDATION REJECTED.

MARCUS, J. - not on panel. Rule IV, Part 2, §3.

CALOGERO, C.J. - concurs for reasons assigned by Lemmon, J.

LEMMON, J. - concurs and assigns reasons.

KIMBALL, J. - concurs for reasons assigned by Lemmon, J.

PER CURIAM :

97-K - 1301 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. SIDNEY BRADLEY ANDERSON (Parish of Lafayette) (Second Degree Murder)

Accordingly, we reinstate the defendant's conviction and sentence and remand this case to the court of appeal for consideration of his remaining assignments of error. CONVICTION AND SENTENCE REINSTATED: CASE REMANDED TO COURT OF APPEAL.

VICTORY, J. - not on panel. Rule IV, Part 2, §3.

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