Posted: Mar 3, 2010 8:57 PM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Mar 3, 2010 8:57 PM
UPDATE: The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled to reverse the ruling of the Court of Appeal and re-instate the ruling of the trial court, rendering E.J. Broussard ineligible to run for Abbeville City Council. Broussard's political future has been in the balance as his eligibility to run for the district B seat was being reviewed.
The political fate of a candidate for the Abbeville City Council is now in the hands of the state's highest court. The Louisiana Supreme Court will soon decide whether E.J. Broussard is eligible to run for the district B council seat.
Incumbent Francis Touchet first challenged Broussard's candidacy a few weeks ago in Abbeville District Court. A judge ruled that because Broussard was a convicted felon he was ineligible to seek public office. Broussard was convicted for aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation back in 2005.
But last week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal overturned the Abbeville judge's decision. Judges restored Broussard's candidacy because his felony conviction was at the federal level. They ruled that if he had been tried at the state level, the conviction would not have been a felony. Touchet appealed the Court of Appeal's ruling, and the Supreme Court heard that appeal Tuesday.
A decision has not yet been made, but judges are working on a tight schedule, the election for the Abbeville City Council is March 27th.