Sen. Karen Carter Petersen, D-New Orleans, listens to Gov. John Bel Edwards address the joint session of the Legislature on the opening day of the second special session of the year. The night before she single-handedly killed a bill to allow juveniles who were sentenced to life without parole would have become eligible after serving 30 years in prison. Credit: Samuel Carter Karlin
With three minutes left in the 2016 regular session, a life-and-death drama was unfolding on the Senate floor. Sen.