2.02 pm – This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that a case brought by a black woman seeking to get a pardon for a crime committed as a young girl should be allowed to proceed, ending an unprecedented legal battle in the country over the pardon of a man who has never been convicted of a crime and was never charged with a crime.
The case was heard by Judge D.R. Wilson in an open session and was decided on Thursday by a five-judge panel.
Justice Patricia Gage ruled that the woman who was arrested in 2014 while being transported from a protest in Mississippi to the U.S. to get pardoned for the crime would be able to go ahead with her application for a pardon after she had served her sentence.
The panel also rejected the woman’s request for a stay on the trial, and ruled that her petition for a delay was not valid.
“It is a great day for the justice system in Louisiana, and justice has prevailed.
There is no longer a doubt that a pardon can and will be granted in this case,” Gage said in her ruling.
The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, was 17 when she was arrested and held in the St. Bernard Parish jail in the city of New Orleans for nearly two years.
She has spent more than four years in jail without charge.
The criminal case against her was one of several that has come to light in recent years of a young black woman in Louisiana facing charges that she was raped by an officer during a traffic stop.
The ruling on Thursday came two days after another judge in the case agreed to allow the trial to proceed.
The decision came after a three-week legal wrangle involving the Louisiana attorney general and prosecutors who were fighting for the right to proceed with the case.
Gage ruled last month that the police officer who arrested the woman should be held liable in the criminal case for failing to properly detain the young woman in his custody.
Wilson, the judge who heard the case, disagreed.
He argued that the case should proceed because there was a constitutional right to a speedy trial under Louisiana law and the officer should have known that a young woman could be detained by him without due process.
Wilson argued that due process didn’t exist when he arrested the young man.
The young woman and her mother had filed a motion asking that the criminal trial be postponed and a stay granted to the arrest.
The Louisiana attorney of record, Joe Deters, said he was disappointed that the ruling meant that the arrest should be put on hold.
He said he would appeal to the United States Supreme Court.