LSU Settles Lawsuit Over Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Reports, Pays $1.9 Million to Former Students

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – LSU has reached a settlement agreement to pay $1.9 million in a lawsuit involving 10 former students. The lawsuit accused university officials of violating the students’ civil rights by failing to adequately investigate and address reports of rape, partner violence, and sexual harassment on campus. The settlement, obtained through a public-records request, was signed by LSU President William Tate on March 27. The lawsuit, filed in 2021, came in the wake of numerous former students speaking out about their experiences of sexual assault at LSU. Two plaintiffs in the case alleged … Read more

Proposed Bill Seeks to Protect Law Enforcement at State Universities and Reform Officer Misconduct Investigations

DES MOINES, Iowa — Law enforcement protections at state universities in Iowa could see significant changes if a newly passed bill becomes law. The bill, known as House Study Bill 738, aims to prevent state universities from implementing policies that restrict police from enforcing local, state, or municipal laws. It also proposes that the attorney general investigate complaints against universities for potential violations. Under the bill, state universities found by civil court to have intentionally discouraged or barred law enforcement from enforcing laws would be denied state funds for the fiscal year in which the … Read more

Congressman Matt Gaetz to Testify Under Oath in Civil Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Teenage Girl

Tallahassee, Florida: Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has been served a subpoena to testify under oath in a civil lawsuit connected to his friendship with former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg and allegations of sexual relations with a teenage girl. The woman, referred to as A.B., filed the lawsuit and her attorneys from Spark Justice Law issued the subpoena on Thursday, requiring Gaetz to provide his testimony on April 5. The list of topics for questioning has not been disclosed. The U.S. Department of Justice made the decision in February 2023 not to prosecute Gaetz … Read more

Actor Alec Baldwin’s Lawyers File Motion to Dismiss Manslaughter Charges in ‘Rust’ Shooting, Citing Prosecutorial Misconduct

SANTA FE, New Mexico – Lawyers representing actor Alec Baldwin have filed a motion to dismiss manslaughter charges against him in the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of the movie “Rust.” The motion alleges prosecutorial misconduct and seeks to terminate the trial set for July 10. Baldwin’s defense lawyers argue that the charges against him are an abuse of the system and a violation of his rights. They claim that prosecutors have dragged Baldwin through a cesspool of improprieties and have failed to present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury. … Read more