|FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
|FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 7th day of September, 2018, are as follows:
BY JOHNSON, C.J.:
2016-KA-0559 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. BRIAN DOUGLAS HORN (Parish of Desoto)
This is a direct appeal under La. Const. art. V, § 5(D) by defendant, Brian Douglas Horn. On April 12, 2010, defendant was indicted by a grand jury in DeSoto Parish for the first-degree murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Following the close of evidence at trial, a jury unanimously found defendant guilty as charged and, at the conclusion of the penalty phase of the trial, recommended a sentence of death. The district court sentenced defendant to death in accordance with that recommendation. In his appeal to this court, defendant raises seventy assignments of error. Finding merit in defendant’s assignment of error asserting a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel, we vacate defendant’s conviction and sentence and remand this matter to the district court for a new trial.
DEFENDANT’S CONVICTION AND SENTENCE ARE VACATED; REMANDED TO THE DISTRICT COURT FOR A NEW TRIAL.
Retired Judge Burrell Carter assigned as Justice ad hoc, sitting for Crichton, J., recused.
WEIMER, J., additionally concurs and assigns reasons.
GUIDRY, J., additionally concurs for the reasons assigned by J. Weimer.
CRICHTON, J., recused.
BY CLARK, J.:
2017-KK-1453 CITY OF NEW ORLEANS v. LAWRENCE CLARK (Parish of Orleans)
Defendant, Lawrence Clark, was issued a citation for displaying his art for sale on the neutral ground at Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, in violation of New Orleans Municipal Code §110 -11. Mr. Clark moved to quash the charging affidavit, asserting the ordinance is unconstitutional. We granted this writ application to consider whether New Orleans Municipal Code §110 -11, which regulates the outdoor retail sale of art, is unconstitutional as a violation of Mr. Clark’s First Amendment rights. For the following reasons, we find the ordinance is unconstitutional. Therefore, we reverse the lower courts’ rulings and grant the motion to quash the charging affidavit against Mr. Clark.
REVERSED; MOTION TO QUASH GRANTED
JOHNSON, C.J., dissents and assigns reasons.
HUGHES, J., dissents for the reasons assigned by Johnson, C.J.