|FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
|FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 29th day of January, 2013, are as follows:
BY KIMBALL, C.J.:
2012-CA-1471 LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION, INC. v. STATE OF LOUISIANA, JAMES D. "BUDDY" CALDWELL, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION, & DARYL G. PURPERA, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
We find these statutes are unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause because they are arbitrary and capricious and they are not rationally related to a legitimate state interest. We therefore reverse the portion of the district court’s judgment denying the LHSAA’s Motion for Summary Judgment and conclude La. R.S. 24:513(A)(1)(b)(v) does not apply to the LHSAA and La. R.S. 24:513(J)(4)(a) and (b) are unconstitutional.
Affirmed in Part; Reversed in Part; Rendered.
VICTORY, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., concurs and assigns reasons.
BY JOHNSON, J.:
2012-C -1145 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. TONY J. GIBSON (Parish of St. Mary)
Retired Judge Frank Foil, assigned as Justice ad hoc, sitting for Weimer, J., recused.
For the reasons stated herein, we hold the State was entitled to bring a direct action pursuant to Art. I, § 10 to prohibit Mr. Gibson from taking office.
REVERSED. RULING OF THE TRIAL COURT REINSTATED.
BY VICTORY, J.:
2012-O -1821 IN RE: JUDGE LEO BOOTHE SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CATAHOULA AND CONCORDIA PARISHES STATE OF LOUISIANA
Accordingly, it is ordered, adjudged, and decreed that Judge Leo Boothe, of the Seventh Judicial District Court, be, and is hereby, suspended from office for a period of one year, without pay. Further, pursuant to La. Sup. Ct. Rule XXIII, § 22, we cast Judge Boothe with costs incurred in the investigation and prosecution of this proceeding in the amount of $11,731.79.
KNOLL, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
CLARK, J., dissents with written reasons.
BY CLARK, J.:
2012-C -1383 CALDWELL PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, CALDWELL PARISH POLICE JURY, CALDWELL PARISH HOSPITAL DISTRICT #1, TOWN OF COLUMBIA v. LOUISIANA MACHINERY COMPANY , L.L.C. C/W CALDWELL PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, CALDWELL PARISH POLICE JURY, CALDWELL PARISH HOSPITAL DISTRICT #1, TOWN OF COLUMBIA v. LOUISIANA MACHINERY RENTALS, L.L.C. (Parish of Caldwell)
2012-C-1762 TENSAS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, TENSAS PARISH POLICE JURY, TENSAS PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT, TOWN OF NEWELLTON, TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH v. LOUISIANA MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC C/W TENSAS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, TENSAS PARISH POLICE JURY,TOWN OF NEWELLTON, TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH, TENSAS PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT v. LOUISIANA MACHINERY RENTALS, LLC (Parish of Tensas)
Caldwell Parish School Board v. Louisiana Machinery Co.,
Writ dismissed; not timely filed. See Supreme Court Rule X, § 5.
Tensas Parish School Board v. Louisiana Machinery Co.,
Reversed; judgment of the trial court reinstated.
2011-KP-2799 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. MANUEL ORTIZ (Parish of Jefferson)
(First Degree Murder)
Retired Judge Moon Landrieu, assigned as ad hoc, sitting for Justice Greg G. Guidry, recused.
Accordingly, the judgment below is reversed and respondent's death sentence is reinstated.
JUDGMENT OF THE DISTRICT COURT REVERSED; SENTENCE OF DEATH REINSTATED.
LANDRIEU, J., dissents with written reasons.
2012-C -1177 DIONYSIA PREJEAN v. ROBERT T. BAROUSSE, ACADIA PARISH CLERK OF COURT (Parish of Acadia)
For the reasons assigned, the judgment of the court of appeal is affirmed. It is ordered, adjudged, and decreed that La. R.S. 13:4210 is unconstitutional and without effect.