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 2001 News Releases

News Release #051

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE # 51

FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA

The Opinions handed down on the 1st day of June, 2001 , are as follows:

BY LEMMON, J.:

2000-C- 2524 CITY OF BATON ROUGE AND PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE v. JOHNCA PROPERTIES, L.L.C. (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)

For these reasons, the judgment of the court of appeal dismissing the action is reversed. The case is remanded to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Justice Harry T. Lemmon, retired, participated in the decision in this case which was argued prior to his retirement.

 

BY JOHNSON, J. :

2000-K- 1246 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. NORMAN EDWARDS (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)

Accordingly, we find that the lower courts did not err in determining Revised Stature 14:98(D)(2)(a) was constitutional. We further find that Article I, Section 4 contemplates both civil forfeiture and criminal forfeiture proceedings. Thus, the assignment of error is without merit, and Edwards' conviction and sentence are affirmed.

Judge Anne Lennan Simon, of the Sixteenth Judicial District Court,for the Parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary, assigned as Justice ad hoc , sitting for Associate Justice Jeffery Victory, recused.

CALOGERO, C.J., dissents and assigns reasons .

KNOLL, J., concurs.

 

PER CURIAM :

2000-B- 3106 IN RE: RONALD G. HAND

Disciplinary Proceedings

Upon consideration of the record, briefs and oral argument, it is ordered that Ronald G. Hand be suspended from the practice of law in the State of Louisiana for a period of eighteen months, retroactive to the date of his September 12, 2000 interim suspension. Nine months of this suspension shall be deferred, subject to a two-year period of probation. All costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, §10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.

Retired Judge Robert L. Lobrano sitting as Justice Pro Tempore in place of Associate Justice Harry T. Lemmon. Judge Felicia Toney Williams of the Court of Appeal, Second Circuit, sitting as Justice Pro Tempore in place of Associate Justice Bernette J. Johnson.

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