Louisiana has quietly adopted legislation that brings historic changes in the way criminal trials are handled in the state, reports the Baton Rouge Advocate. Prosecutors and the criminal defense bar hammered out an agreement over the law, which limits lawsuits and appeals related to criminal cases. Legislative committees heard from no witnesses, asked few questions and held no debates before both chambers approved the legislation in a matter of minutes.
Pete Adams, executive director of the Louisiana District Attorney Association, and his counterparts in the criminal defense bar agreed on the terms at the beginning of the session, then kept it quiet. “A lot of attention would bring out folks on fringes,” Adams said.