Posted: Jan 17, 2012 9:17 AM by AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn his malfeasance conviction for illegally writing checks to himself and other employees during the last hours of his administration.
Defense attorney Charles Kincade tells The News-Star that the district and appeal courts failed to fully consider that Harris was following a town ordinance.
Harris said the money was for vacation he never took and severance packages.
He was convicted in October 2010, and the state Second Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the conviction in December.
Judge Wilson Rambo suspended a five-year prison term, put Harris on five years of supervised probation and ordered him to repay the town $65,360. Prosecutors said he wrote $90,000 worth of checks, but some bounced.