Iberia

Mar 21, 2011 10:36 PM by Shawn Kline

Langlinais maintains he's innocent; DA: "he has not rehabilitated"

A pardon board denies clemency to former Iberia Parish President, Will Langlinais.
Langlanais served a suspended sentence for a number of ethics violations and now says that's all behind him.

"I had never been before a pardon board," Langlinais said. "I'm done with it, it's over."

Langlinais says he didn't go at it alone either, but he had supporters all over the parish.

"The pardon board members told me they had many phone calls, many letters of support on my behalf from constituents in Iberia Parish," Langlinais said.

Letters of support, he says from people like Sheriff Louis Ackal and even the judge who handled his sentencing.

Langlinais says the meeting with the board only lasted a few minutes. So, why did they deny him clemency?
He suggests it had to do with the only letter of opposition: from District Attorney Phil Haney.

"District Attorney Phil Haney (wrote) I had not been rehabilitated." Langlinais says, "I don't understand that one but it is what it is."

He says his confusion stems back to 2007; when D.A., Phil Haney was involved in the investigation of Langlinais' actions. Haney eventually removed himself from the case because of a possible conflict of interest. Not only was he representing Iberia Parish Government, but he was prosecuting the parish's president.
Haney left the Attorney General in charge of the case: Langlinais says the A.G. also sent a representative to Monday's hearing before the board.

KATC tried to reach Haney for a comment but he was unavailable.

"The board just felt they wanted to deny it based on objections from Haney and the Attorney General," Langlinais said.

Langlinais maintains he is innocent and says he "wouldn't touch politics with a 10-foot pole."
He can reapply for a pardon in another two years, if he chooses.

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