FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE # 15
FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 17th day of March, 2009, are as follows:
BY JOHNSON, J.:
2007-K -1804 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. JAKE DESOTO (Parish of Avoyelles)
Retired Judge Moon Landrieu sitting ad hoc for Knoll, J., recused.
Accordingly, this Court reverses the decision of the Third Circuit on rehearing, reinstates the jury's conviction for negligent homicide and the concomitant sentence previously imposed by the trial court in accordance with this opinion, and remands to the trial court for consideration of the sentencing error of failure to impose the probation supervision fee mandated by La.C.Cr.P. art.895.1(C).
REVERSED AND REMANDED.
LANDRIEU, J., dissents with reasons.
BY VICTORY, J.:
2008-C -1159 JUDITH SANDIFER FORMERLY KNOWN AS JUDITH HONAKER v. THE LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF PRACTICAL NURSE EXAMINERS, FILMORE P. BORDELON, RUBY R. CHANCELLOR, ROBERTA R. CONNELLEY, GWENDOLYN M. DUNN, SHARON K. FORE, BOBBY G. FULMER, PATRICIA S. JUNEAU, ANN C. LAWS, REBECCA A. NELSON, ROSEMARY S. PASSANTINO, EUGENE C. ST. MARTIN, WILLIAM SONNIER, JR., IDOLPHUS C. TURNLEY, JR., AND CLAIRE D. GLAVIANO (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
After considering the record, the applicable law, and the oral argument before this Court, we have determined that the writ application was improvidently granted. Therefore, we recall the Order dated October 24, 2008 granting the writ application. The writ application is hereby denied.
WRIT GRANT RECALLED; WRIT DENIED.
KNOLL, J., concurs and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., dissents with reasons.
2008-C -1268 SHERRON G. BOWERS v. FIREFIGHTERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
Calogero, C.J., retired, recused. Chief Jusice Calogero recused himself after oral argument and he has not participated in the deliberation of his case.
For the reasons stated herein, the judgment of the court of appeal is reversed and the case is remanded to the district court for further proceedings in accordance with this opinion.
REVERSED AND REMANDED.
BY TRAYLOR, J.:
2008-C -1667 PEGGIE HUNTER v. MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & CATERING AND XYZ INSURANCE COMPANY (Parish of St. Tammany)
Based on the foregoing, we hold that the meaning of the word "forward" in La. R.S. 13:850, means to "send" the document. Because the trial court has made no factual finding of when Ms. Hunter "forwarded" her original document and required fees, this matter is hereby remanded for further proceedings consistent with the opinions expressed herein.
WEIMER, J., concurs in part and dissents in part and assigns reasons.
2008-KA-2311 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. SHANNON MCBRIDE BERTRAND C/W STATE OF LOUISIANA v. WILFORD FREDERICK CHRETIEN, JR. (Parish of Calcasieu)
For the foregoing reasons, we reverse the district court's ruling on the constitutionality of Article 782 and remand these consolidated cases to the district court for further proceedings consistent with the views expressed in this opinion.
REVERSED AND REMANDED
WEIMER, J., concurs with reasons.
BY KNOLL, J.:
2008-C -0399 ARTHUR SNOWTON v. SEWERAGE AND WATER BOARD
Calogero, C.J. retired, recused. Chief Justice Calogero recused himself after oral argument, and he has not participated in the deliberation of this case.
For the foregoing reasons, we find the court of appeal did not err in refusing to refer this matter to a five-judge panel for reargument and affirm the judgment of the court of appeal reversing the judgment of the OWC. Case remanded to the OWC in keeping with the Court of Appeal opinion.
AFFIRMED and REMANDED.
JOHNSON, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
BY WEIMER, J.:
2008-B -0954 IN RE: ROY A. RASPANTI
Accordingly, we conclude that a public reprimand issue against Respondent, and that he be cast for costs of these proceedings.
PUBLIC REPRIMAND IMPOSED; RESPONDENT CAST FOR COSTS OF THESE PROCEEDINGS.
2008-C -1185 BARABAY PROPERTY HOLDING CORPORATION v. BOH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION CO., L.L.C. D/B/A BOH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
After hearing oral arguments and reviewing the issues raised by this matter, we conclude that the writ of certiorari was improvidently granted. Accordingly, we recall our order of October 10, 2008, and we deny defendant's application.
VICTORY, J., dissents from recalling the writ.
KNOLL, J., dissents from recalling the writ.
WEIMER, J., dissents from the recall of the writ.
2008-CC-1221 SHAUN COLEMAN v. JIM WALTER HOMES, INC. (Parish of Natchitoches)
For the reasons assigned, the judgment of the court of appeal is reversed. The motion to compel arbitration and stay proceedings filed by Jim Walter Homes, Inc. is hereby granted. Each party is to bear its own costs.
2008-C -1287 DON L. EISENHARDT v. DORLES SNOOK AND STATE FARM FIRE & CASUALTY COMPANY (Parish of Bossier)
For the reasons assigned, the judgment of the court of appeal, insofar as it reverses and amends the district court's judgment, is reversed. The judgment of the district court dismissing the demand of plaintiff, Don L. Eisenhardt, with prejudice is reinstated and affirmed in its entirety. Plaintiff to bear all costs in this court.
JOHNSON, J., dissents.
2008-B -2353 IN RE: ROBERT A. BOOTH, JR.
Upon review of the findings and recommendations of the hearing committee and the disciplinary board, and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that Robert A. Booth, Jr., Louisiana Bar Roll number 3271, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for two years. It is further ordered that respondent shall make full restitution to Charles Carter. All costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, Section 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.