Minden Press-Herald

Sep 21st

Something Frightful Brewing

Dear Editor

A newly released report questions the activist tendencies of one of Louisiana's regional appellate courts, where a number of rulings seem to ignore well-established legal statutes in an apparent attempt to manipulate the law to achieve preferred outcomes.

Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which has jurisdiction in an area that stretches across Lafayette and Lake Charles and from Cameron to Natchitoches, has the role of reviewing the legality of procedures and interpretation by lower courts. Released by the nonpartisan citizen watchdog group Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, the report unveils a series of shocking decisions where the 3rd Circuit has apparently ventured outside of this narrowly defined role by attempting to create new law through the judicial process, rather than interpret existing law and precedents.

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