10:30 LRN Newscast

A Lafayette man has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for kidnapping and attempting to murder a gay man as part of a hate crime scheme. U-S Attorney Brandon Brown says Chance Seneca used the dating app, Grindr, to groom his victim and in 2020, he handcuffed his victim at a Lafayette home and tried to dismember him…
cut 6 (07) “…changed his mind”
The victim is 21-year-old Holden White who says the attack has left him with no feeling in his hands, a limited voice and permanent scars.

The U-S Department of Justice says the Louisiana Department of Corrections regularly violates the Fourteenth Amendment when it holds inmates past their release date. Baton Rouge Defense Attorney Lindsay Blouin (blu-in) says the pandemic revealed a number of deficiencies within the criminal justice system that should be fixed.
Cut 10 (06) “…update their status.”
The D-O-C says it’s reviewing the D-O-J report, which says between January and April last year, nearly 27-percent of the people released from state custody were held past their release date.

Three Louisiana teachers received a $25 thousand dollar award for their outstanding educator skills.
Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Whitney Thomas.”

Washington Mardi Gras gets underway today in D-C as Governor Edwards and several elected officials and business leaders from Louisiana conduct meetings with federal officials. But there is also partying and LA-politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says including a formal ball on Saturday…
cut 8 (09) “…Carnival style”