Baton Rouge, La — Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office has won two cases that were brought to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The two cases heard were State of Louisiana v. Timothy Bazile and State of Louisiana v. Joe Bob Clark.
“In State v. Timothy Bazile, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a state constitutional amendment requiring criminal defendants to waive their right to a jury trial no later than 45 days prior to trial. This prevents a criminal defendant from waiving a jury trial, in favor of a judge only trial, at the last minute which can prejudice the state’s trial preparation plans. This significant decision, reversing a lower court’s ruling, allows prosecutors and judges to run a more efficient and cost effective trial docket, which could result in thousands of saved dollars for local jurisdictions.
“In State v. Joe Bob Clark, the Louisiana Supreme Court unanimously reversed the lower court’s decision and remanded the case for further proceedings. This important ruling maintains that under Louisiana law an out of state sex offender cannot receive credit for the time period in which the offender was registered in a different state. This is a major victory because the decision protects the citizens of Louisiana by requiring an ‘out of state’ sex offender to fully disclose their previous history as a sex offender when coming to this state, regardless of where the offense may have occurred.”