FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE # 056
FROM: CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinion handed down on the 9th day of September, 2008, is as follows:
BY JOHNSON, J.:
2006-KA-2987 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. HENRY JOSEPH ANDERSON (Parish of Ouachita)
(First Degree Murder)
For the reasons assigned herein, the defendant's conviction and sentence are affirmed. In the event this judgment becomes final on direct review when either: (1) the defendant fails to petition timely the United States Supreme Court for certiorari; or (2) that Court denies his petition for certiorari; and either (a) the defendant, having filed for and been denied certiorari, fails to petition the United States Supreme Court timely, under their prevailing rules, for rehearing of denial of certiorari; or (b) that Court denies his petition for rehearing, the trial judge shall, upon receiving notice from this court under La.C.Cr.P. art. 923 of finality of direct appeal, and before signing the warrant of execution, as provided by La. R.S. 15:567(B), immediately notify the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board and provide the Board with reasonable time in which: (1) to enroll counsel to represent defendant in any state post-conviction proceedings, if appropriate, pursuant to its authority under La. R.S.15:149.1; and (2) to litigate expeditiously the claims raised in that original application, if filed, in the state courts.