Feb 19, 2010 8:01 PM by Jim Hummel
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by an Abbeville judge Friday, opening the door for a convicted felon to seek public office.
E.J. Broussard, a former Vermilion Parish police juror was running for Abbeville's District B council seat, when his candidacy was challenged by his opponent, incumbent Francis Touchet.
That challenge stemmed from Broussard's 2005 federal conviction for aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation. However because that conviction was at the federal level, and the aiding and abetting charge is not a felony at the state level, Friday the court ruled that Broussard can in fact run for public office.
Touchet's attorney tells KATC, he plans to appeal the decision.